An Australian motorcycle enthusiast died doing what he loved: he was killed in a road accident in Phayao province on Sunday.
This information was posted on Monday in The Golden Triangle Rider, an online forum for motorbike riders in Southeast-Asia. According to The Post>, Australian Tom Forde, 66, from Newcastle, was involved in a fatal crash in which he was “hit from behind just out of Phayao” in Thailand’s north. He eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Shocked forum users describe Mr Forde as ‘a real character and true motorcyclist’. “It is a tragic loss to the riding community here especially those in the region,” user lipmeng wrote. Rod Page said: “Very sad indeed. A great contributor to all & in everything he did. I’m shocked by your report of how it happened.”
Friends and family members of Mr Forde organised a buddhist funeral which will be held from 1st to 4th September at Wat Mae Kung> in Chiang Mai’s San Sai district. His cremation will take place immediately afterwards, on Sunday. “For the actual cremation, we would like all the bikes to be lined up in a guard of honour for Tom’s final journey”, forum user DavidFL wrote.
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