ABATE of Florida, Inc.
Brevard County Chapter

This page is dedicated to the memory
of our fallen members least they never ride alone.

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In memory of "Diamond" Dave McKish
9/10 - His life ended too soon (from a drunk driver) as he was making his way home with friends from another funeral for "Just Bob" of the Christian Motorcycle Riders group. His wife Kat appreciated all the love and support shown at the 1 1/2 year long trial, but preserverence prevailed and his killer was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 6/11. His smile will be missed and he will never be forgotten.

 

In memory of Don MacKenzie.
He was very active in the Brevard Chapter. His death was painful and slow after fighting cancer. Don lost his battle on 09/11/04. He is much loved and missed by so many. He will never be forgotten. Ask anyone who knew him and you will know his dedication as he served as VP of this chapter and was involved in the annualToy Run!
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Bike Week 2004. In memory of Russ Vinnedge, a friend to all and a lover of all God's creatures. He will be missed and remembered by his fellow man and the animals at the Humane Society as he always had time to help the homeless critters.

Letter written in memory of Russ Vinnedge by Big Mike Johnson:

In Memory of Russ Vinnedge (part 1)

In Memory of Russ Vinnedge (part 2)

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May the road rise to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again---may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

 

 

 

May the road rise to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again---may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

 

 

 

May the road rise to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again---may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

 

 

 

May the road rise to meet you. 
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again---may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

July 2000.  In memory of Michelle Blount, taken long before her time. She was wearing a helmet but was killed by a careless driver who pulled out and side-swiped her as she traveled less than 35 mph on her way home. Sadly, she never made it home but the careless driver did and only received a ticket for his crime. She was a bright star in many lives and will be deeply missed by all.

     

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Bike Week 2000  
In memory of
Don McKee "Shadow":
When a biker goes down, you really don't feel the pain or loss until the name has a face. To those of us who knew him, knew he was so much more than a biker killed during bike week. To us Don (Shadow) was a little man with a big smile, gorgeous eyes, and a very big heart full of love.
A man who loved his wife, family and friends dearly and would do 
anything for them. Our Shadow will be deeply missed, but NEVER FORGOTTEN.  Those who knew and loved him in their hearts and memories forever. Now we all have our Angel Shadow to watch over us all.
Don, we love and miss you.
Written by Bonnie Sutor

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December 1999 A. Arnold Wanger.
He felt the best about his own life when he was able to make others smile.

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If you know of a fellow member you want to see on this page, e-mail Theresa Clifton.

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