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#695514 - 05/17/17 2:31 am Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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So sorry to read of Ben's passing. Not lost, just gone before. God bless Ben and all his family and friends.


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#695515 - 05/17/17 2:58 am Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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We all have a limited amount of time in this realm, Judging by the amount of lives Ben affected in a positive manner, Ben didn't waste his


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#695517 - 05/17/17 3:42 am Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: shel]  
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Tom was there and took a lot of photos that I'm sure he'll share soon.

We had the honor of following Mr Ben's Triumph which was on a trailer and being hauled by one of his sons.....the truck and trailer were right behind the vehicle Ms Peggy was riding in which was right behind Mr Ben. I can't put into words what an honor that was.

This is what it looked like from my view

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It took us a better part of an hour to arrive at the cemetery. The whole way all I could think about was how many miles I'd ridden behind Mr Ben......I think we were all thinking about that.

Sorry for the fuzzy photo but this is Rich and Tim behind me. Out front was Bill Edwards, Don Roe and Lannis.

[Linked Image]

When we made the turn into the national cemetery it was a pretty powerful view that I'm sure Tom has captured and will share.

Goodbye Mr Ben, thank you for the friendship...... you'll not be forgotten.

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#695534 - 05/17/17 11:09 am Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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I got a phone message from Ben's brother Ken last night thanking us for being there. He also told me that they had another brother in the same cemetery, just over the hill from where we were. It was very moving to see all those white headstones and to think that Ben was getting ready to join them.

There were 6 riders and 2 that made the trip without bikes. To be honest, there wasn't a lot more room left at the church and the way it worked out was fine.

I figure each rider was carring the thoughts and best wishes from at least 10 of you.......so we actually had 60+ riders out there in spirit.

The family kept thanking us.......we were the ones who were thankful. Beautiful ceremony, beautiful family, beautiful country you wouldn't have expeced any less.

It's a day I don't want to do over again....but I have no regrets. Mr Ben's Triumph on the trailer with his boots and helmet was very touching and I'm sure Tom will share some photos of that.

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it......thanks to Bill Edwards for putting it together.

Thanks to Ben Strain for being the man he was.




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#695540 - 05/17/17 11:40 am Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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"Thanks to Ben Strain for being the man he was"

I think that pretty much sums it up........


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#695549 - 05/17/17 1:57 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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Going thru my. photos now...
I will post a few here as I get them sorted, but I must say that I honestly feel like I need to show them to Peggy, or send a set to her... before showing them to the whole world on the internet. Some photos I definitely will not post. Just too personal. Call me old fashioned, guys. I'm really sort of struggling with this... maybe it's the emotion of the moment or something but I feel like it's a matter of respect for the family... Like I need their permission to post photos of their family event....

For once I am struggling to find the right words... doesn't happen often, I know.

BUT meanwhile, for those who never attended a full-honors Military funeral, the significance of the riderless horse with the empty boots in the stirrups may be lost on you, but Ben's riderless Daytona, with his boots turned bacwards on the pegs... it was a deep and thoughtful touch that says a whole lot, not only about Mr Ben Strain, but about the family he's raised; who these people truly are. Having been through 2 full military funeral services, one for my grandfather & one for my father...
the image of the riderless bike with Ben's own boots on the pegs backwards... is etched straight into my heart. I'll not forget it.

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Look closely at this image and you'll see that the flag in the background is flying at half staff. I noticed this straight away as we puled into this rural National Cemetery. I looked around on the 'net last night. Turns out the PA Governor ordered flags at half staff statewide in honor of a well loved fire chief who lost his life in the line of duty recently!

Far as I'm concerned the flag was flying low in honor of Ben.

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#695557 - 05/17/17 2:22 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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Here are our BritBike Brothers who rode in the cavalcade behind Ben on Ben's Last Ride. Left to right it's Tim, Lannis, RichB, Bill Edwards, Don Roe, & Gordon, standing with the Riderless Bike.

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#695562 - 05/17/17 2:53 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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I think there are a good bunch of folks representing BritBike forum in this picture. Mainly old members which Ben also was/is.
We all wish we could have been there but you guys did it in person. Well done. A sad event but something good came out of it.
Our old member John Blue re-joined us for this occasion. Anki's message to everyone out there is that LOVE is GREATER than everything!
She said this today on our 31th anniversary.
Ride safe and god speed!



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#695569 - 05/17/17 3:21 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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A fine tribute indeed, you all did Ben proud.

I'm glad I had to opportunity to meet and talk briefly with Ben at the 2014 International. His caricature grin was so prominent I recognized him instantly .
We spoke of his life, the bikes and the trip he commandeered with the others across America to arrive in Petaluma.
Honored to have met him and shook his hand. Truly a good man.

For decades I'd followed the East Coast goings on with much enjoyment.
Greenspring Farm, the indentured servitude of Bryan and Marie.
Pickin' and grinning in the rain on a porch or Gazebo. Ben was always there.

Thanks for all the thoughts and updates and a special thanks to those that attended the services representing the Brit Bike Family.
In a sense I guess were all following Ben down that same road.


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#695572 - 05/17/17 3:39 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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Hi
FYI I will move this thread to BritBike Remembrance Forum soon but will leave a pointer for a while for those who expect to find the thread on R&T.

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#695580 - 05/17/17 5:19 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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Thanks to Ben's family for arranging such a fitting celebration and remembrance of Ben's life and the things we all did together! clap

Thanks to No Name Man for bringing his bikes so we'd all have something to ride in the procession in honor of Ben. bigt

One interesting note .... as we were returning to the church, Bill suddenly pulled over to the shoulder on his B50 just on the US22 overpass. The AMAL float bowl drain plug had fallen out of the bowl as he rode, and of course the bike cuts off and gasoline sluicing everywhere. mad The guys walked the road back and actually FOUND that little brass plug on the highway, and Bill borrowed a penny to use as a screwdriver, put it back and we were on our way. 2c beerchug

I joked to Gordon that if it had been my drain plug on a regular ride, it would have bounced over the rail into the eastbound lane of US22. Gordon responded that if it had been HIS drain plug, it would be caught in the tread of an eastbound semi headed for Philadelphia, going away from us at 60 MPH. blush

I think maybe Ben may have gently stopped that plug, and pointed the boys in the right direction to find that thing .... wink

We'll never forget him.

Lannis


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#695583 - 05/17/17 5:33 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: Lannis]  
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A BIG THANK YOU, for the photos, it feels like I was there with y'all. And you're spot on Tom bro, ask the family first... bigt


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#695593 - 05/17/17 7:01 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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Still going thru photos... obviously there are at least a handful I feel OK about posting, so here's another. This is us at breakfast... Bill seemed in a hurry to get to the restaurant, to eat before the funeral... what he DIDN'T tell us was that a half hour later, LUNCH would be served! Think that boy's got a darn tape worm in his belly that consumes at least half what he puts in there! laughing

from L-R it's Gordon, Fay, Don, RichB, myself, Lannis, Bill, & Wade

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#695597 - 05/17/17 7:54 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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Just a short while ago I was talking with Ben's son Dave and later with Peggy.
At the end of the chat with Dave he asked if I could do something for him ....... to go to BritBike and thank everyone here for their kindness, their support, the photos from past times and with special thanks to the folks who rode along with Ben on his last road trip.


Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures

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#695604 - 05/17/17 9:14 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: BeezaBryan]  
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Bryan, I know this was hard on you and Marie. You two have a special bond with Mr Ben and Ms Peggy. To the point where watching you four together was like watching two sets of twins.

I'm down to two motorcycling heroes now.....

[Linked Image]

Hope you two get to visit with Ms Peggy soon....please take care of yourself and give Marie a BIG hug from me.

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#695606 - 05/17/17 9:23 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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OK adding a couple more photos here...

Ben was (as you know) big into bluegrass. He was an accomplished musician and avid fan of the style. I'd seen him and his local SW PA musician friends playing on several occasions, and it was no surprise to find them set up to play in the church basement hall during dinner.

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Ben was also a car nut, and has a couple old cars which he and Peggy would drive around, to attend various regional and local meets. Also no surprise to see an old car in the church lot.

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This gentleman came wheeling in on his well loved and hard ridden Beemer. Said it has I believe a MILLION miles on it? Somebody correct me if I'm wrong here. PLEASE.

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The guy didn't ride with everyone over to the graveyard, and I didn't get to talk to him at all, really. Seemed like an interesting guy tho!

Lastly but not leastly, here is Gordon's lovely blue BSA reflected in the oh-so-shiny chrome of Tim's motor:

[Linked Image]

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#695608 - 05/17/17 9:37 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: ricochetrider]  
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[quote=ricochetrider]OK adding a couple more photos here...

Ben was (as you know) big into bluegrass. He was an accomplished musician and avid fan of the style. I'd seen him and his local SW PA musician friends playing on several occasions, and it was no surprise to find them set up to play in the church basement hall during dinner.

[Linked Image]

Many familiar faces there Tom, thanks for the pics


Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures

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#695609 - 05/17/17 9:53 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Originally Posted by John Blue
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Bryan, I know this was hard on you and Marie. You two have a special bond with Mr Ben and Ms Peggy. To the point where watching you four together was like watching two sets of twins.



Hope you two get to visit with Ms Peggy soon....please take care of yourself and give Marie a BIG hug from me.



I'd been wondering why John Blue seemed so familiar, now I know smile
Yes we had some real quality time with Ben & Peggy during the past 11 years especially memorable was at the 10th TSMR in 2010


[Linked Image]

Happy days


Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures

It's not the destination, it's the journey.

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#695610 - 05/17/17 9:54 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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Great pictures!

I think I heard the BMW dude say he had about 500,000 miles on his old airhead ..... !

Lannis


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#695613 - 05/17/17 10:10 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: BeezaBryan]  
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[Linked Image]


Now that is a GREAT photo.

Yes sir, it's me. I couldn't turn my back on this thread.

Oh my......I remember Ms Peggy and Marie cooking pancakes on the grill at the campground.....one of my fondest motorcycling/Britbike.com memories.

Even though I never saw Ms Peggy ride a motorcycle....I realize she's one of my heroes too.

AND.....you sir are every bit the wonderful man Mr Ben was......you two were SO much alike. He was very proud to call you his friend.

My heart goes out to both of you during these tough times.


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#695615 - 05/17/17 10:17 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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That's a great picture! Wonderful memories....


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#695628 - 05/18/17 12:44 am Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.


i met him one time, because i was hungry.

good hunting, ben.


Into the distance a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction is holding me fast how
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#695645 - 05/18/17 2:14 am Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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Just learned of this sad news.
Not much I can say that already hasn't been said about this fine man.
I always looked forward to visiting with Ben and Peggy when I could make it down to the BSA rallies or Mid Ohio. Sometimes bring them a bottle or two of home made wine for them to enjoy back home. I always liked to talk with Ben but I loved to listen even more. Funny how powerfull those softly spoken messages were. Made me lean in and tilt an ear so as not to miss a single word. Going to miss that.

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This year's ride will not be the same. I enjoyed Ben and his wife very much and was looking forward to seeing them again. His guitar added to the evening. A toast to Ben at this year's TSMR is in order.

#695959 - 05/20/17 9:40 pm Re: Sad News Ben Strain RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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SO... with permission from Peggy I'll post a couple more photos...

the look on this guy's face... I can only imagine he's asking "why Ben, Lord?"

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Breaking bread...

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Here is the GALLERY OF PHOTOS and you may view all pix at your leisure if you so desire.





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