12 April 2011

Ulysses bikers in mourning for Goodna members

TWO much-loved Ulysses Motorcycle Club members from Goodna were tragically killed during a club ride on Sunday.
The Lockyer Valley branch of the Ulysses Club was yesterday trying to come to terms with the loss of its "two fantastic characters".
John 'Bear' Walsh and his wife Jo 'Gypsy' Walsh, of Goodna, died after a head-on collision between a truck and their motorcycle on the Rosewood-Warrill View Rd at Coleyville.
Ulysses Lockyer Valley branch president Adrian Pamenter was on the ride from Yamanto to Mt French when the tragedy unfolded on the return trip.
"We were all so shocked," Mr Pamenter said.
"They were great people."
Initial police investigations indicate the motorcycle being ridden by the pair was travelling north when for an unknown reason it veered to the wrong side of the road, colliding with a south-bound truck.
"We stayed with Bear and Jo right until the end when the coroner came. We weren't going to leave their side," Mr Pamenter said.
"They were just brilliant people. You couldn't ask for more gentle, caring people.
"John was just a gentle bear who would do anything for anyone.
"Jo was so lovely. She always looked out for everyone and always had something nice to say."
Bear, 62, first joined the Lockyer Valley Ulysses Club about three years ago before marrying his 55-year-old wife, also a club member, a year later.
"They were perfect together. Jo was his diamond," Mr Pamenter said.
He recalled the moment when Mr Walsh proposed to Jo at the club's annual Christmas bash.
"He just took the mic off me and went for it," he said.
"We were all so happy for them.
"Jo was a beautiful lady and they were so good together."
Mr Pamenter said the pair's death had sent shockwaves through the club.
"We are not just a branch, we are a family," he said.
"We are so close to each other and Bear and Jo were part of our family."
Mr Pamenter said the club would hold a J and J memorial ride in honour of the pair each year.
"We will never forget them."
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