Annual motorcycle ride in honor of Gary Griffith planned in Guilford

Posted May 22, 2012, at 8:48 p.m.
Griff's Ride 2012 logo. The charity ride honors Gary Griffith, who was killed in a motorcycle crash in 2006. The logo was designed by Griffth's nephew Haiden Goggin. The ride and barbecue takes place on June 16, 2012.
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Griff's Ride 2012 logo. The charity ride honors Gary Griffith, who was killed in a motorcycle crash in 2006. The logo was designed by Griffth's nephew Haiden Goggin. The ride and barbecue takes place on June 16, 2012.

GUILFORD, Maine — The seventh annual Griff’s Ride and barbecue is scheduled for Father’s Day weekend.

In its previous six years, the motorcycle ride has raised $4,900 in scholarships for seniors at Piscataquis Community High School.

The ride is in honor of Gary Griffith, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Guilford on June 16, 2006.

Griffith’s daughter Sarah Quirk said the event grows every year.

“We have between 75 and 100 motorcycles during the ride,” said Quirk, adding that $1,400 was raised for scholarships last year. “People line the streets of Guilford to see the motorcycles.”

Area businesses have donated items and gift certificates to be raffled off.

The ride begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Iron Art Forge on 54 Elm St. in Guilford. The barbecue lunch follows at noon at 324 Bradstreet Road in Parkman.

“Me and my two brothers do all the work for the ride,” said Quirk. “I don’t like to waste food, so people eat a lot of it.”

The ride costs $20, which includes a T-shirt and a lunch consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, steak and pasta salad. For those without a motorcycle, lunch is $5 and a T-shirt can be purchased for $10. The event will be held rain or shine.

Quirk said she still is accepting donations for the ride. For information, visit Griff’s Ride on Facebook.

Griffith, 55, a well-known Guilford businessman, was riding his motorcycle with Stephen Cunningham in Guilford when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old Sangerville boy who was attempting to pass another motorist who was stopped in the road.

The teen lost his license for six months after he faced charges of failure to keep right and improper passing. Piscataquis County District Attorney Christopher R. Almy said there wasn’t sufficient evidence for a manslaughter charge.

The Griffith family filed a two-count wrongful death suit against the boy and his parents in 2008. That suit was settled out of court, said Quirk.

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