Jeffry `Maverick' Arend Memorial
On September 17, 1999, Jeffry Arend, known as Maverick to most of us,
died in a motorcycle accident in Clay County, Kentucky. He was
travelling alone at the time, en route from Columbus to the Honda
Sport Touring Association TN-STAR event in Tennessee. He was 33 years
In the few years that CMH-MOTO has been around, Mav had become friends
with many of us. His sense of humor and eagerness to help always
brightened a gathering. He was almost always present at CMH-MOTO
events; if not, it was invariably because he was out on a ride:
Pennsylvania, New Mexico, West Virginia, Kentucky or Tennessee - any
place with good roads.
I rode with Jeff many times, at CMH-MOTO or HSTA rides. He always
rode responsibly. He wore good protective gear, and he knew his
limits and stayed inside them. He worked hard to improve his riding,
taking classes and reading the books available on the subject. That
Maverick could be killed this way is a reminder to us all that
accidents do not only happen to squids; we all can make mistakes, and
no matter what gear we wear, or how we ride, we cannot reduce
risk to zero.
In 1999, Maverick had started the Ohio YSR League, OYL, a Yamaha
YSR-50 racing series with events at Circleville Raceway, a kart track
south of Columbus. He had never organized a race before, nor had he
competed. With typical zeal and optimism, he took on both at once.
Oh, and at the same time he was on the door prize committee for the
Ohio HSTA, while we were soliciting and collecting items for local
events, and the STAR 99 national rally. This not only involved
calling and visiting dealers and vendors all around Ohio, but Mav
built the database for the project.
All this made for a bumpy start to the OYL season for him, but his
earned him a group of volunteers to make things smoother, and as the
season progressed, the series enjoyed great success. Sadly, Mav died
before the last race, but at that race, the donations in his name and
the words of those who spoke of him testified to the way he had
touched the people around him. The OYL racers and volunteers vowed to
keep the league going, and an annual award in his memory was made a
part of the season-end ceremony.
Maverick will be missed by many. Yesterday was New Year's Day, 2000.
9 of us met for brunch and a ride. Somebody said, after one comment,
"Maverick should have been here, that's his kind of joke." This sort
of observation happens frequently now. In some ways, whenever a group
of us are riding now, it seems to me like we're doing a sort of
missing-man formation, riding in memory of Maverick. Godspeed, Mav.
Phil Ross wrote a much better tribute to
Maverick than anything I could say.
Here are a few pictures from Ed Milich, with his comments:
- New Years Ride: This
was taken on 1/1/99, at the Flying Jay Diner [Actually, it was at
the Halfway House -BD], North of town on Rt. 23. Maverick and Tim
Gerwin were the only ones foolish…I mean brave enough to actually
show up on their bikes. Notice the ice on the ground at their
feet. Now that I think about it, Tim lives pretty close to the
restaurant, by Alum Creek. Mav, on the other hand, lived on the
extreme other side of Columbus, so he probably froze his butt off on
the way home from that rendezvous.
- Nuclear River: You never know what
you'll find on the Ohio River. Hillbillies, hay trucks, or nuclear
reactors... I took this photo on the side of the road as we traveled
to a HSTA Mail Pouch Fly-by in West Virginia. (July '98?). Maverick
had already paid for a room, and he let me sleep in the extra bed
before I took off for a BMW rally the next morning. Just another
example of how selfless he was... Also of note is the guy on the
white Honda ACE, on the far right, who had the only cruiser in our
little group. I never got his name. [Brick says it's Ed Brown -BD] The
poor guy was scraping his floorboards trying to keep up with our
"spirited' pace (set by lead rider Maverick). It's funny- I don't
think I ever saw him in any CMH-MOTO rides after that...[From the
left, that's Maverick, Woovis, Tom Rannebarger, and the unknown ACE
Day: This was taken during the annual Bridge Day event at the New
River Gorge in West Virginia, where the world's longest single arch
steel span bridge is opened up to foot traffic one day each
summer. That's Woovis, Maverick, and Mark Jordan in the photo. I
really don't have any specific memories of the trip...it was just one
of many timeless warm summer days that we spent buzzing through the
lazy backroads of the Midwest.
- OYL Home Page
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- Ride For Kids, Mav's
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