1947 - July 31, 2007
Way back in the mid 60's when you did not need a license to ride a motorcycle I bought my first bike, a 1965, 65 cc Honda. It was followed up by a Harley Electiglide, and a Triumph 650 Bonneville. That lead to owning a 1974 KZ400 Kawasaki, followed by a KZ1000J which I owed for a week and took it back to the dealer and traded it and a few dollars for my favorite motorcycle: a 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100A2. It was red, and had color matched Vetter saddlebags and trunk. Unfortunately it got written off by a truck driver making an illegal left turn. From there I bought a 1984 Yamaha Venture Royal. That bike lasted me 14 years without a problem. In 1997 I wanted a new bike — I did not need one, but I wanted one. There were plenty of miles left in the Venture. I borrowed a Goldwing for a short ride and the next thing you know I owed a green 1997 Goldwing SE (Green in color. The last green bike I will own). I had one minor and two serious accidents with that bike. The last accident wrote it off so we had to go looking for a new bike. We looked at everything, and decided on a Yellow 2001 Honda Goldwing (my second most favorite motorcycle). It has served us well and never given us a bit of problem, and is an absolute joy to ride.
My first passion with motorcycling is to teach people to ride motorcycles safely. It started about 30 years ago to teach people to ride. It started out as a part time job and now is something I look forward to doing as often as I can. It gives me great satisfaction to see someone struggling on a Saturday and then on Sunday the light comes on and they get it. When it comes to riding a motorcycle, we are long distance see the country type of people. We have been from coast to coast to coast in Canada and the United States. I have also had the opportunity to ride in Europe and Aruba. We like to travel mainly on the super highways until we get to the tourist things and then tend to drive the secondary roads. But if have been known to travel nothing but the secondary roads. The traveling has helped us to better understand Canada and the U.S. and it many peoples.
All the time I was teaching people to ride motorcycles I was in the Canadian Navy as a Communication Technician. I spent 33 life-fulfilling years. I got to see almost all the countries on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean from the Arctic Circle to the Equator. I retired from the military in 2002 as a Petty Officer Second Class. Since retiring it has given me more time to ride and to teach the motorcycle courses.
Ride in Peace and in the wind always.
You will be missed our good friend.
|Goulet, PO2 David Gene, Retired -
unexpectedly, at home, on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at the age of 60. Beloved husband and best friend of Rose for 17 years. Devoted father to Krysta Taylor and her husband Allan, and Gregory and his wife Christina. Adored Gramper to David, Lauren , Kate, and one grandchild expected in October. Dear brother to Ann, Richard, Cameron, Scott, Stephen, Bryan and the late George. David will be lovingly remembered by his family, friends, and his colleagues at Humber College Motorcycle Training. David was retired from the Canadian Navy in 2002 after serving 33 years. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., (south of Bloor St. W.) on Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 1 p.m. Flowers gratefully accepted, or, if desired, remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 416-767-3153.