Some of you know that during the convention last week forum member and close friend Chad Clifton was in a motocross accident that broke several of the vertebra in his back. During his hospital stay Chad developed some blood clots that appear to have caused of series of heart attacks and strokes that ultimately led to his passing away today June 25, 2008 at 1:30 PM.
Chad and one of the greatest people I've ever met one, he was the person that I talked to everyday in my life. Between the two of us we organized the convention every year and he's been there for many of us when they needed him time and time again. We are all heartbroken over this, one of my best friends is now passed but he will NEVER be forgotten.
To refer back to the injury updates thread its located here: http://www.r1-forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=236581
I'm going to take up a collection to put together a Memorial Box for Chad that I would include a glass window to display his race suit, a few pictures of Chad and some of his favorite things. Our close friends at the Cross Roads at Deals Gap have graciously offered to dispaly this box for us (thanks Brad, Ben and everyone at the CROT your guys are awesome)! With the remaining funds the small groups of us that are close to Chad will release the rest of the funds to his family members to aleviate costs for funeral, travel or work expenses.
Please send any donations to my paypal account:
Include in the heading of the payment and or in the the notes. Donation for Chad Clifton, Your full name, address, telephone/cell # and screen name.
Visitation: Saturday at McKoons from 5 to 8 http://www.mckoon.com/
Service: Sunday at First Baptist Church at 3:30 http://www.fbcnewnan.org/about us/Directions.htm
Thanks for your thoughts, prayers and help (everyone)! This has been incredibly trying on everyone and in particular Chad's very close friends we are at an incredible loss right now.
I encourage everyone to post up there pictures and condolences for Chad I'm going to leave the thread on the main page section to maximize exposure.
You are gone but never forgotten! Our lives have all been touched by your's each day. TO have known you was truly an honor, to call you a brother and to have shared in your life was a gift from GOD. I know you are in a better place right now and I'm going to miss you more then words can ever express.
We've had tears of joy and sadness too, but nothing can explain the bond that was YOU! You tought me how to be FAST and I tought you how to be CLEAN. Together we formed the ULTIMATE TEAM!
Ride on brotha like only YOU CAN! Look after us all from above. Your friend and brother forever! SO FAST SO CLEAN! I LOVE YOU!
He's that big old ham that everybody loves. He made everybody feel like they were his close friend. I never saw him get down.
He was telling me about his last race and I asked him how the weekend went. He said," it was good, I got to race which is what I wanted to do" but the reality was that he had just crashed recently at Road Atlanta at a trackday, had to fix his bike all the way back up and then blew his engine at the race he was telling me about. If that would have been me I would have been totally disgusted, mad and probably a little hostile if someone asked me how my race went. Not Chad, "it was good"
Also, you could always tell if Chad was around when you pulled up to the paddock or at the Gap because you could hear that big old loud laugh ring out above the noise of the crowd.
He was so good at everything he did, it seemed easy for him. I used to be faster than him when we first started riding but he surpassed me in no time flat. When I found out that he was so good in golf and baseball, I knew it would only be a matter of time before he had the bike mastered. In recent times at the track, I used to love those few seconds I got to see him from behind right after he passed me, running on a worn out rear tire and kicking it a little sideways as he powered out of the corner. He would be giggling about it later.
Those bigger than life personalities are the ones that seem to get snatched away from us early.
No wonder we are so stunned.
Even my wife Robyn has grown to love the big ham from the time we have all spent together at the track.
Thank God he has been redeemed by the sacrifice of his savior and is resting in a place of glory better than any beautiful summer trackday there ever was.