June Rengach #10228
1933 - 2003
June learned to ride a motorcycle when she was about 16 years old, in her father's plowed field. She learned to ride on her boyfriend's Army-style bike. She enjoyed the adventure, fun, and freedom of riding. In the '60's she was injured in a motorcycling accident, which ended her motorcycling for a few years. A lady in a car crowded June into a construction area and into an open manhole. June's foot was completely turned around, facing backward. The doctors told her that her ankle was so damaged that she would have trouble walking again and would certainly never be able to run again.
However, with her characteristic determination, June did heal- she did walk and run again. But she was leery of motorcycles until the early 1980's when she had started her own courier business and she decided to use a motor scooter to get around and park more easily. Then Walt Healy talked her into using a larger motorcycle with a flat sidecar so she could haul boxes. Then she moved up to an 1100 V-Max and Velorex sidecar.
Eventually she decided to buy a used 1984 Yamaha Venture and a large Hannigan Fairing sidecar like the one Walt Healy had. Walt helped her to put the sidecar on and line it up.
In the early 1990's June upgraded to a 1989 Venture Royale but kept the same sidecar. She loved being a courier because she got to know so many people in all walks of life, but also because she managed to incorporate her main passion, motorcycling, with her business. She was well known for riding almost every day year-round, even with icy or snowy conditions--the 3 wheels allowed this, even if she had to wear a snowmobile suit to keep warm.
June was a Lifetime Member of the VTS/MTA (#10228). She became a lifetime member in 1994 and was able to go to several V-Daze rallies, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
June was a member of Chapter 2 in Calgary for a number of years, but took over MTA Chapter 3 (originally in Red Deer , Alberta ) when Shawn and Ellie Wilson moved down to the Texas to live and work. June never had enough time to organize as many rides as she had hoped to with Chapter 3; mainly because she found that the Alberta Ride for Sight, an annual part of the Canada Ride Right for Sight, took most of her free time. For the last four years of her life she was a chairperson for this Ride, a non-profit ride raising funds to support research into blindness
Just 5 days before she passed away, she was working on her motorcycle at a friend's garage. She was active to the end.
May you rest in peace and ride the roads you always dreamed about and with the friends who were waiting for you
Adios June, You will greatly missed
Marjory Hocken/ Marge Nordin