Gordon McLarty (left) and Roger
Wing built a motorcycle monument to remember those who have been killed
riding locally. Members of the public are invited to attend the unveiling
ceremony on Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at Perrys'
Gun and Bow Shop at
Photo: RIDERS TO REMEMBER
Local bikers pay tribute to fallen riders
News - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 @ 05:00
Local motorcycle enthusiast Roger Wing and his friend Gordon McLarty, an iron worker/welder have built a monument with the support of all the motorcycle groups in the Sault and Algoma area, their families, and some Local businesses. This monument, Wing said, "is dedicated to our fallen riders. The families of our brothers and sisters have sacrificed the most. The rest of us can only pay respect to the fallen."
The monument has a steel base to which is affixed a black marble plate with the names of 12 fallen riders from Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma: Mike Fournier, Ronald Walker, Ron Phillips (Puff), David Harrison, Jim Barbet, Michael Perry, Max Hunt, Frank Iozzo, Jane Walker, Wanda Harrison, Frank Caruso, and Mark Guenette. The marble plate was engraved by Eternal Monuments/Granite and Stone Dcor.
Ownership of the monument and responsibility for its upkeep will be shared by Bikers Rights Organization, Spanish River; Harley Owners Group; Christian Motorcycle Association; Gold Wing Riders; Camira -- Women of the Wind; and the Lake Superior Bikers.
A sponsors' plaque was added to the monument to recognize the people and groups involved in the project, although some wished to remain anonymous.
While the monument will rest temporarily at Perrys' Gun and Bow Shop, Wing is working with city officials to find a permanent location for the memorial. For more information call Roger Wing at 541-8604.
The monument is now permanently located at Strathclair Field in Sault Ste Marie and Awareness / Memorial runs are held every year from the site on the first Saturday of the month of May