R I P Steve Earney

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  1. DavidFL

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    Steve Earney
    Stephen Earney
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    A retired Aussie & popular biking character in North Thailand.
    Steve was first attracted to riding here by GTR & quickly settled in.
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    He built a house just north of Tha Ton in Mai Mok Cham
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    & purchased a couple of Honda CB500X to go riding with is mates.
    Steve came on the 2014 GTR Mae Hong Son Memorial Ride
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    A man of passion - bikes, riding, cooking & socialising with his mates, he enjoyed his life to the full.
    He was a man in love with his world in Tha Ton & had found his final dream destination.
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    Unfortunately late yesterday - 9 PM - he dropped his bike going home north of Tha Ton & crashed on a bridge just near his house.
    Steve was taken to the Mae Ai hospital & then transferred to Nakhon Ping during the night.
    Sadly this morning he succumbed to the multiple internal injuries he suffered in the spill.

    May you Rest In Peace Steve.
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    A funeral will be held in Mai Mok Cham at Steve’s house some time later this week.
    More details as they become available.
     
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    Sad news. Met him a few times at "Jacks" in ThaTon
    Seemed quite a character!
     
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    A fine happy shot with Steve in the Kafe
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    Another Guy gone out of the Blue so suddenly! He had a Sharp Tongue and Brutal Sense of Humour! Great Guy. Always Helpful and inviting! He was a Regular Visitor to Me so Came as a Shock when I found out yesterday Morning! Catch You on the other Side! R.I.P Steve!
     
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    Steves cremation is planned for tomorrow
    Thursday 8th June 2017

    A group of riders will leave Chiang Dao Bakery at 8AM for Tha Ton.

    Sorry this is such short notice but StephenEarney's funeral is tomorrow (Thursday 8th June). A service will be held at his house and cremation will take place at 1pm at the temple in the local village. Those who would like to attend can meet at Chiang Dao Bakery at 8.00am for a departure by 8.30 to Stephen Earney's house. It is at least a 2 hour ride from Chiang Dao to Stephen's home so please be on time. I will pin drop Chiang Dao Bakery and Stephen's house asap.

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    Very sad to hear. The loss of a kindred spirit. RIP Steve.
    I'll ride across to the funeral tomorrow.
     
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    Nice to meet guys I've never met, wish it had been for happier reasons. As his near neighbor I'll miss the visits for coffee and most of all his cooking. For all his rough exterior the man was an excellent cook. RIP Stephen.
     
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    Some images from Steve's funeral in Mai Mok Cham - a traditional Shan style funeral befitting the community environment Steve lived in.

    The evening Buddhist ceremony
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    The final send off - Buddhist ceremony, funeral cortege & cremation.
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    The funeral cortege
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    The final ceremony & cremation
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    Light it up Steve
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    It was a solemn moving event.
    The number of villagers present was impressive & indicative of the respect Steve had.
    The expat bikers who turned up at short notice was also impressive & most appreciated by Steve's partner Lah & the villagers. We expat bikers were treated with the most respect & even the ceremony was held up for some late riders to arrive & join in for a group photo. Thank you very much to the Shan people of Mai Mok Cham; you were extremely kind & compassionate.

    Thanks to Steve's good mate Jeff for his assistance & hosting us at Jack's Coffee in Tha Ton after the event.
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    R I P Steve Earney.
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