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    RIP Dean Graham

    Passing this along...

    Tragic loss of life this weekend of the head mechanic at BlueMoon Cycles in Atlanta. Woman came into his lane and hit him head on. Died at the scene.

    From their Facebook page...

    RIP Dean Graham, Blue Moon Cycle Friend & Family Member.

    The world suffered a tragic loss yesterday. Dean Graham was killed when a motorist left their lane of travel and struck Dean head-on.

    Many of you know Dean as Lead Mechanic & Motoring Magician at Blue Moon Cycle...or perhaps from other Motoring Magician roles in the area over the years. He was a wizard when it came to giving a bike rider the perfectly tuned machine to fulfill their dreams and adventures on the road that lay ahead. He could take an old, tired bike and bring it back to its glory days, ready to honor the bike and the proud owner with many joyous days of riding the back roads and highways.

    But Dean was so much more. A man who loved his family and a true renaissance man with many interests. A generous man who was always willing to share his time and knowledge. He was as excited to talk about the latest chickens ("girls") or organic veggies he and Catherine were raising as a rare vintage barn find motorcycle he was restoring. When Dean brought in eggs from the "girls" he could tell us...proudly...which "girl" had laid each egg based on the color and size. It should come as no surprise to those that knew him well that he was also a "Jeopardy" guru and "Antique Roadshows" aficionado.

    Dean shared a memory with us in early 2016. This is an excerpt from a Blue Moon newsletter: Dean's love affair with motorcycles began at age 6. "My mom and I came around the corner and in front of my house I saw a motorcycle being unloaded from a truck. I quickly realized it was my dad unloading the motorcycle and I LOST MY MIND". Dean's father and this Honda Trail 90 launched a motorcycle love affair and skilled tech career that spanned 30 years. Always resourceful, as a child Dean often got "sideways" with his mom for using her kitchen utensils to tear down, repair or rebuild motorcycles. When reflecting on his career, Dean said "being the lead mechanic at a motorcycle shop and museum is like being a kid in a candy store."

    Our comfort and prayers go out to Dean's wife, Catherine, Catherine Pfeffer and his family.
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    That's just terrible news..RIP Dean Graham. My condolences to his friends and family.
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    Dean was a great person. He will sorely missed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmo1131 View Post
    Passing this along...

    Tragic loss of life this weekend of the head mechanic at BlueMoon Cycles in Atlanta. Woman came into his lane and hit him head on. Died at the scene.

    From their Facebook page...

    RIP Dean Graham, Blue Moon Cycle Friend & Family Member.

    The world suffered a tragic loss yesterday. Dean Graham was killed when a motorist left their lane of travel and struck Dean head-on.

    Many of you know Dean as Lead Mechanic & Motoring Magician at Blue Moon Cycle...or perhaps from other Motoring Magician roles in the area over the years. He was a wizard when it came to giving a bike rider the perfectly tuned machine to fulfill their dreams and adventures on the road that lay ahead. He could take an old, tired bike and bring it back to its glory days, ready to honor the bike and the proud owner with many joyous days of riding the back roads and highways.

    But Dean was so much more. A man who loved his family and a true renaissance man with many interests. A generous man who was always willing to share his time and knowledge. He was as excited to talk about the latest chickens ("girls") or organic veggies he and Catherine were raising as a rare vintage barn find motorcycle he was restoring. When Dean brought in eggs from the "girls" he could tell us...proudly...which "girl" had laid each egg based on the color and size. It should come as no surprise to those that knew him well that he was also a "Jeopardy" guru and "Antique Roadshows" aficionado.

    Dean shared a memory with us in early 2016. This is an excerpt from a Blue Moon newsletter: Dean's love affair with motorcycles began at age 6. "My mom and I came around the corner and in front of my house I saw a motorcycle being unloaded from a truck. I quickly realized it was my dad unloading the motorcycle and I LOST MY MIND". Dean's father and this Honda Trail 90 launched a motorcycle love affair and skilled tech career that spanned 30 years. Always resourceful, as a child Dean often got "sideways" with his mom for using her kitchen utensils to tear down, repair or rebuild motorcycles. When reflecting on his career, Dean said "being the lead mechanic at a motorcycle shop and museum is like being a kid in a candy store."

    Our comfort and prayers go out to Dean's wife, Catherine, Catherine Pfeffer and his family.
    Such a tragedy.

    Riding into work this morning, a young girl almost did the same to me. She was in my lane coming around a turn, eyes clearly down looking at, gee, maybe her phone????

    I had to quickly move to the shoulder and her left front headlight missed my left leg by what seemed millimeters.

    It can all end so very quickly.

    RIP Dean.

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    Godspeed Dean. Good thoughts to his family and friends.

    Hopefully they will pull the cellphone records and if the motorist was impaired, and or texting, they will file appropriate charges.

    Maybe someday folks will get the message. I am sure the other person did not get up intending to take a life, but it still happened. Driving is serious business and you can easily take a life including your own.

    Then you get to live with that knowledge.

    Rod

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    Very sorry to hear about this.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

    A few weeks ago I almost had the same collision, a woman in an SUV going the wrong way around a roundabout. Fortunately there was enough space for me to just get past her on the outside. A block down the road I pulled over for a moment to get my heart rate back to normal...........Rod.
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    Dean was a wonderful, generous, and talented man. I will miss him. - Lee
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