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#713742 - 11/03/17 8:10 pm Mike Carter RIP  
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I'm not sure how to do this......but for now here goes. Mike Carter lost his long battle with cancer today. In typical Mike Carter style he didn't want any fuss over him so for the most part he kept it a secret. There are a few of you that didn't know the details but did know he was losing the battle. I had asked him if I could tell people so they would have a chance to say goodbye while he could still hear it....but he didn't want to bother people with his troubles.....typical Mike.

So here's your chance to say goodbye to one of the truly good ones.

There is talk of a celebration of Mike's life to be held at the Carter Brother's Garage some time later. Details will be posted and I hope to see some of you there.

He was special.......if you knew him, there wasn't any doubt of it. He will be missed.... but never forgotten.

November 3, 2017.........a very sad day.

Gordon Gray

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#713745 - 11/03/17 8:42 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Wow, that is very sad to hear. When I used to live in Florida, I was not that far from him and was supposed to meet up but never did make it happen....something I've always regretted. Then, I have thought that maybe on a visit to Florida if I have a chance. I have kept in touch and bought and traded parts with Mike. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Brother.


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#713747 - 11/03/17 8:56 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Our condolences to the Carter family RIP Mike

#713748 - 11/03/17 9:10 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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I will definitely try to be there. Hurts.


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#713751 - 11/03/17 9:36 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: No Name Man]  
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Originally Posted by No Name Man
<snip> .......................................Hurts.



Yep.................

#713753 - 11/03/17 9:47 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Jon W. Whitley]  
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So Sad, prayers for the family

#713790 - 11/04/17 8:40 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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This is very sad news indeed,
Mike has always been member of BritBike Forum going back to BSA Bulltin board in the '90s.
We offer our sincere condolences to his family.

Mike was the most kindest and genuine friend and he contributed so much to this forum as a member and moderator.
Here is a photo taken when he and others brought me to USA and Mid-Ohio in 2003. Mike then took me to Florida to stay there with him and Bev for a few days.
Happy memories.
Rest in Peace Mike!

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#713793 - 11/04/17 10:54 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Damn......

Another good one gone.

RIP Mike

Condolences to his family and friends


Life is too short to drink cheap, bad beer.
#713803 - 11/04/17 12:07 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Rich B]  
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I guess there are a lot of people on here now who have no clue who Mike is or what he did to promote this site.......sad on many levels.

[Linked Image]

(That's Mike on the right holding the banner, in a white rain suit and red cap...always had that smile on his face)

There was a time when Mike would make sure that EVERYBODY got a welcome and a reply to their first post. He was influential in starting the TSMR and the Mid-Ohio get-together. Mike retired and opened the Carter Bros Garage with his brother Dave and it had become a local hang out and well know and respected shop for repairing and restoring vintage bikes. Mike's quest was to see our old British bikes on the road and not just static displays. He was proud to be a part of this site and the hobby.

Both the TSMR and Mid-Ohio was an attempt by a few of us to get as many BB.comers together face to face as we could. Mike was a big part of that effort. Always positive and always had that smile on his face.

I'm not sure how this is going to work out but he has asked that his ashes be placed on the TSMR's Goat Path. Mike was born and raised in Florida and I can't tell you what an honor it is that he even considered his last resting place to be something that was a part of this site.

RIP my brother.........we're going to miss you but you will NEVER be forgotten.

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#713813 - 11/04/17 1:51 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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I didn't ask for permission from brother Dave to use this photo.....I hope he doesn't mind but this could be my favorite photo of the two rock stars.

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Brother "chuck it up" David Carter with Brother Mike on the right.

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#713814 - 11/04/17 1:55 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Never met him, but he was a big part of bb.com. Condolences to the family.


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#713815 - 11/04/17 2:01 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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For the most part everybody in this photo played a big part in getting BB.comers together face to face. Alan Burgess says it was a "magical" time and I agree........so much friendship....so many laughs and smiles and I think we were all amazed how well we got along.

[Linked Image]

There's a few faces missing from this photo.......but those people know who you are and know you were a part of it too.

5..............of these people are gone now. 5 really good people.

#713818 - 11/04/17 2:28 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Photo taken in 2010 during our tour of Henry's Motorcycles......there's that smile!

Mike had Triumphs, Nortons and BSA's.......rode em all. He also had a modern Enfield and Triumph but other than that he never showed up on anything non-British and was proud of it.

I was at his place a couple of weeks back and was blown away by the assortment of motorcycles in the shop......all runners or were going to be runners. Mike told me one time the shop only had one rule...."assholes aren't allowed"

RIP my BSA broder

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#713819 - 11/04/17 2:34 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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RIP Mike!! another good one gone and always willing to share knowledge and the shop. Bikeweek won't be the same. Please post the date for his celebration of life.

#713823 - 11/04/17 2:43 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: bodine031]  
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Originally Posted by bodine031
<snip> Please post the date for his celebration of life.


I will and hope to finally get to meet you and shake your hand. There's going to be a large crowd of like minded people......Mike would be proud.

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Taken in 2011 and cropped from the group photo for that years TSMR.

Gordon (aka John Blue)

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#713825 - 11/04/17 2:59 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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frown How very, very sad.

I only 'knew' him online. My very deep condolences to his family and those who knew him personally.

Regards,

#713827 - 11/04/17 3:06 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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THANKYOU!!

#713860 - 11/04/17 8:25 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: bodine031]  
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I've been lucky enough to be able to talk with some of the family and I'm starting to realize........they are as wonderful as Mike was. I got permission from one of his nieces to post this photo.....I call it " Classic Carter"

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Brother Dave.........I feel for the whole family but I feel for Brother Dave the most.....not only did he lose his brother, he lost his best friend too.

Gordon

#713886 - 11/05/17 1:22 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Just learned of Mike's death on Facebook yesterday. At first I thought it had to be some other Mike Carter...couldn't be the one I know. However, knowing the poster I knew it had to be. I must say I was shocked and more than a little depressed.

Mike Carter was one of the genuinely nicest people I've ever known. His shop was always open to anyone who wanted to hang out, often with hotdogs on a rotisserie grill and beer in the fridge. He always had a smile and was eager to share anything he had.

He will be very, very missed.

#713891 - 11/05/17 1:57 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Damn...that's all I can say right now. So many good ones gone cry


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#713894 - 11/05/17 3:58 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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#713899 - 11/05/17 5:06 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Sorry to hear this. We (Pennsylvanians, Canadians, Wisconsinites, Ohioans, etc.) tried to visit Mike and Dave in Altoona, Florida at least once a year. Last time we were there, they were working on Bud Ekins' Triumph Speed Twin, along with an assortment of other British iron. Mike and Dave always showed us their projects and that good old Southern hospitality. Our condolences to Dave and the Carter families. As others have already remarked, another of the very best has gone. Keep the Faith. Bob Kent, OVBSAOC #3


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#713916 - 11/05/17 1:15 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Mike was the first one to welcome me to a bb.c event at mid o. We watched a lot of NASCAR at the BRI.

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#713946 - 11/05/17 6:43 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Richrd]  
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Copied with permission from one of Mike's good friends Rich Tracey

Got some dreaded news today about the passing of an old friend. While I had known his condition, was told the prognosis and had the opportunity to see him before he passed, the news nonetheless is still a shock. Mike Carter and I had the opportunity to work together for somewhere around 20 years. Through thick and thin, good, bad and ugly he was always able to smile, had boundless energy, and was always there with a witty / corny joke, always Mike.
When he made the decision to get out of construction and began messing with bikes it was as though he was re-born, he found a happiness in doing that work that words cannot adequately describe. It made it all the greater that he had the opportunity to do this with brother Dave ( David Carter ). I cannot count the number of times he told me he "finally" found something he loved doing, it wasn't "work" it was a passion and it brought him both great joy and great friends.
He is unfairly gone way to soon. I'm going to miss the quirky comments, the barbs we would trade and seeing his mug. Mike was one of those friends that you could go without seeing for an extended period but when you did catch up - nothing changed, once he was in your life, he was there to stay.
I've never been one who is good with words, especially at a time like this. His loss hits anyone who knew him, hard, and there simply are no words to ease that pain.
God Speed my friend, I'm going to miss you.


You can tell Rich knew Mike well........he nailed it perfectly. Sorry for our loss Rich but I'm glad he had you as a friend.

Gordon

#713970 - 11/05/17 9:02 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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The celebration of Mike's life is scheduled for November 18th, 2017 starting around noon.

19626 McCall Road
Altoona, Flordia 32702

If you would and you plan on going and don't have a way of letting Dave know you're going to be there please let me know because they would like a head count since they are having the celebration catered.

I'm probably going to trailer down and stay North of Altoona (around Palatka) and ride to the shop on a BSA.

"once he was in your life, he was there to stay." Rich Tracey

Gordon




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