Tribute Page Lexington SCRC Chapter 63

Mike Barker Member Number 063046
Summer 2007


Mike passed away during the summer of 2007 from a inoperable brain tumor. He was a gentle mountain of a man. Mike always took things in stride and never said anything bad about anyone. He loved his bike and he loved his SCRC family. Whenever we asked him to go out for a ride he would always make sure it was OK with his grand daughter if he left for a little while.
Mike cherished his grand daughter and his family, but always seemed to make time for his friends. Mike believed in the Southern Cruisers ideals and mission and directly influenced at least 15 members to join SCRC #063. We wish there were more people like Mike in the world as it would truly be a better place. Our lives are a bit emptier without Mike but we can take solace in the fact that he is no longer suffering and has gone to a better place.
Mike will be missed by many as evidenced by the number of people and friends that came to his funeral. We can only hope that in our passing we will be remembered by our loved ones and friends as fondly as Mike is.

Jeremiah "Jery" Moore  Member Number 063143
March 7, 1974 ~ March 17, 2009


Jery was a member of Chapter 63, Lexington KY and passed away on March 17, 2009 at the all too young age of 35. Around the time he joined our Chapter, he was diagnosed with Colon Cancer and while he wasn't able to ride with us much due to his illness, he will be missed.
Jery loved to ride. The picture included with this memorial is from his last ride. One week before he passed away, his family members loaded him up on his bike so he could take just one more ride because everyone knew the end was nearing. He made it to the end of his street and back (while escorted by his Brother) and collapsed on his bike as soon as he got back home. But he got to take his last ride. May we all be that lucky! As a testament to the importance of riding in his life, his bike (on a trailer) led the funeral procession from the funeral home to the Cemetery. Jery is survived by his wife Natalie and their two daughters as well as his three brothers.
RIP and ride on Jery. We’ll all ride together again one day!

Bruce “Rotti” Graves  Member Number 063124

April 17, 2009

Bruce lived to ride with his friends and was quick to help St. Jude’s in any way possible   With pride he rode with the Patriot Guard to honor our fallen heroes. He was quick with a joke, and never afraid to stand for his point of view. We have seen tears of pride in his eyes as we rode through flag lines and tears of anger when he saw a child or animal in pain.  Most didn’t know the pain Bruce hid deep inside. Because of pride he hid his own problems not to bother others or take away from our rides. Bruce was a giving person that many called friend.  He probably never knew how much he meant to everyone and what a special place he held in our hearts. He was a biker to the very end. His bike, facing backwards on the trailer led the possession to his final resting place. He is missed by many. Bruce is survived by his wife Julie and a son Christopher.      A friend said in tribute to Rotti: “Ride free, ride hard  for one day we look forward to the day when we will ride side by side again.”

Paul “Pops” Comley  Member Number 063151

1939—2008

 

 

Paul Comley, better known as “Pops” to his SCRC family was a member of Chapter 63 for a number of years. Father to William, and husband to Joyce, also SCRC members, Pops was devoted to his family and enjoyed simply being together. His trike was his pride and joy, he spent many hours washing, dusting and polishing on it. Pops loved to ride and knew many great back roads for riding.

He enjoyed getting somewhere and sitting with friends laughing and cutting up.  He used to go camping and sit around the fire listening to bluegrass music.  He loved the annual Trail of Tears ride, when they sat by the poolside listening to the game.

Pops loved to tinker and fix things. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Pops is missed greatly by all who had the pleasure and privilege to know him. You are forever in our hearts!

Johnny Allen Stamper  Member Number 063082

July 27, 2010

 

John Stamper passed away quietly at home with his wife Marian at his side. John was a faithful member of SCRC Chapter 63 in Lexington, Ky. John and his wife were unable to ride their Bike for a little over a year due to John’s illness. They did however manage to attend Chapter Events and give a hand whenever possible. John was retired from the Auto Parts Industry and was an accomplished Artist. Our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s Wife and family, and we know he is Riding above us.

Ralph Edward “Ed” Plank

Member of the Lexington Kentucky Chapter

July 1952 – October 2010

     Better known as “Z man”, life for Ed revolved around riding his 2003 Harley Davidson Silver Anniversary Night Train.  Whether joining in a fundraiser or just hanging out with his friends, you knew he was in the house. He was a large man with an infectious laugh and loved being the instigator that kept the party interesting. He was always the funny guy yet considered it a duty and honor to ride for the kids of St. Jude’s.

     Ed was an army veteran serving in the Military Police. He was a CORE member of Chapter 63. He passed away secondary to complications following an aortic aneurysm repair. He will always be remembered for his many antics during rides and rallies. His friends love to tell stories of his parking and working on his bike in the dining room, changing the words while singing  karaoke to “Save a Horse Ride a Harley” and Thursday nights riding to the river followed by Caddyshack’s cupcakes and popcorn fights.  He left us with a legacy of memories to talk about. You are free our friend to ride along watching over us from the clouds. We will see you again but don’t forget until that time comes we - “Figured You Out”!

George Ewen SCRC # 063010

Member of the Lexington Kentucky Chapter

October 9, 1947 - March 14, 2014

George passed on in Lexington, Kentucky following a brief illness. He was a dedicated husband and father with a contagious laugh.  He loved University of Kentucky sports, rock music, and mentoring one of the local football teams. He was a genuine life-loving individual with a big smile and a kind word for everyone, never meeting a stranger.  While sharing a memory at the funeral, one of his friends spoke of how George was always there for anyone needing help. When asked if George had been that person for anyone there, over half those attending stood.


He was an active member of the Catholic community, teaching and working with the faculty, staff, and students at Lexington Catholic High School as Director of Football Operations. George was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons in Buford Lodge 494 in Midway Kentucky.

 George was an active member of the William Sutherland Pipes and Drums, serving as Drum Major for many a Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Lexington. During one of the parades after serving as Drum Major, he quickly drove around and took his place with his fellow cruisers for a second trip down Main Street. As well as being a member of Southern Cruisers Lexington Chapter 63, he was a member of the Patriot Guard participating in many veteran memorial activities.