‘A Ride to Remember’ keeps Michael Garron’s memory alive

June 27th, 2015 1:25 am

First Posted: 7/30/2013

Michael Garron spent his life doing what he loved. Most of that involved spending time with his daughter, Laura.

Whether it was hunting or fishing, the Pittston Twp. native made it a point to live life to the fullest. But he also had a passion for motorcycles.

And that passion resulted in the passing of Garron from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in 2008. While riding through the Pocono Mountains, Garron swerved to avoid another passion, a deer. And although he was wearing a helmet, the result was his death.

Five years later, the Fifth Annual “A Ride to Remember,” a benefit motorcycle event named for Garron, will take place Saturday, Aug. 17.

The event features a 40-mile scenic ride through the Pocono Mountains, followed by food, raffles and live entertainment. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Polish American Citizens Club on Elm Street in Dupont with kickstands up at noon. Cost is $15 for riders, passengers and guests. Non-riders are welcome. Event proceeds will benefit community members in need of financial help due to illness or hardships.

Garron’s neice, Rachel Brutosky, remembers her uncle as “a big kid.” She will be there when the event takes place and e says it’s more of a cheerful time, rather than a sorrowful one.

“I think that it’s just a great way to remember him and honor him,” Brutosky said of her late uncle. “It also allows family and friends to get together and be very close.”

When the event started, donations raised from the ride went to Miles for Michael. Since then, the committee has changed beneficiaries of the event.

For this year’s ride, numerous families and individuals will receive benefits from the ride. At the event, a wall features some of those who will benefit from the event.

Brutosky’s family rides for Michael. But over the past several years, some of that has changed. It means much more to the family now. Brutosky remembers when the motorcycles rode at his funeral. And every time she hears them at the annual event, it’s a special moment.

“You still get chills,” she said. “They rode to his funeral. And they were there for the hard days. Every time I hear a bike, it gives me the chills.”

In its fifth year, ‘A Ride to Remember’ has averaged about 50 motorcycles each year. Rain or shine, the sounds of engines can be heard cruising back roads of the area.

Garron was an avid outdoorsman. A native of Suscon Road in Pittston, he was an avid fisherman, hunter and motorcycle enthusiast. While the Garron family mourns, they know they are not alone.

“He was the biggest prankster,” Brutosky said. “That’s the one thing we remember; he was a big kid.”

“We’ve turned this into an event,” Brutosky said. “We ride for Michael. But everyone has had some sort of hard times and lost someone. They want to remember them.”