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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #60 on: March 27, 2017, 02:25:15 pm »
Isn't it just a sad fact that we have to wait for a person to die to tell them how awesome they are and how much they mean.

RIP Gary. I didn't know you but you sound like you were a great person.

Unfortunately, this is a VERY true statement. It helps not one bit for others to hear it... I would like to be told that while I'm still alive.

Don't worry we wont.  :biggrin:
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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #61 on: March 27, 2017, 02:27:22 pm »
Isn't it just a sad fact that we have to wait for a person to die to tell them how awesome they are and how much they mean.

RIP Gary. I didn't know you but you sound like you were a great person.

Unfortunately, this is a VERY true statement. It helps not one bit for others to hear it... I would like to be told that while I'm still alive.

Don't worry we wont.  :biggrin:

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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #62 on: March 27, 2017, 03:05:59 pm »

...SNIP...

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Yep... smaak my so  :(  :P

I think Welsh is just jealous that he hasn't been told yet  >:D
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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #63 on: March 29, 2017, 07:44:14 am »
It's been a tough week since Gary died on the 19th. The memorial service was a great tribute and send off for an amazing guy. There was great attendance, in excess of 500 people paying their respects. The family and friends want to thank all that made it so special.

It was very moving to watch the bikes roll in.

Gary was nuts about riding and as such died doing what he truly loved

I include an extract from my Eulogy which describes Gary to the T ...

Biggest hearted human I have ever met.

Gary was a big man but was as gentle as they get. Kind to all, carried a warm smile AND never saying a bad word about others.

His passion was contagious as he hooked you into his energy bubble uplifting all that he spoke to.

He loved the guys and vibe that was created around bikes.

His taste for riding was big but when you watched the man you realised his passion for people was so much bigger.

He would, for example, stop and show kids things his bike, spending time with them on how the clocks worked, forever changing the future of these kids while passing his kindness on.

He always offered any assistance regardless of topic or need.

Sharer and a carer, never did things for any recognition or reward, he honestly just wanted to help everyone.

He always had encouraging words for his fellow riders

Was hugely supportive of everyone around him and hardly ever bad mouthed anyone unless his stubborn character firmly believed that someone was wrong.

As a strong minded man, he latched on to strong family values but he also spoke freely about his experiences and endlessly shared his values with those around him.

Massively family orientated, and was the pillar of the Rowley family.

He was someone you could freely ping and ask for help; and very rarely disappointed in his quest to help.

One of our team mates, referred to him as his “Joburg Dad”, he was a role model and mentor and was someone he highly regarded and looked up to.

Highly stubborn when it came to his passions and beliefs, extremely warm and welcoming and often the man most people remembered in a room full of people.

He was more passionate about riding than most people I’ve met, and lived for the freedom that biking brings.

A mentor, not only with riding; a man of honour and integrity. An unyielding and loyal family man and friend. A lust for life.

Mindful of others ... always sweeping in our group on weekend outrides

That’s who Gary was and that’s what we all loved about him

RIP Brother you are missed :angel7:

Thank you very much White Rhino , this is a very moving Tribute .  I am so sorry for your pain and loss , I know you were especially close to Gary . Also the rest of Team Verve and his other friends and family .

It was very shocking that Gary died in the prime of his life . One moment he was so present and the next just gone . I am still trying to process it .

You describe him so well . While most of the riders at the Baja were busy with the hundreds of little ( and big ) things that a rally rider has to constantly do to prep ( understandably ) , Gary still found time to engage with the people around him and to even visit us where we were marshaling / taking pics to check out the lighter bikes, quads and side by sides . Gary was so curious and interested in everything and so intelligent and engaging . One thing you can say of him , he lived his life not just for himself , he engaged with people around him , constantly gave of himself and was an inspiration to his friends and family . A real hero .

Here he was investigating a Triangle that Adrian a Marshall had planted on the pole . No one else even noticed it .

Gary left a hole in many people's lives . But his legacy still continues to inspire people .
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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #64 on: March 30, 2017, 07:34:26 pm »
This is very sad news.

Condolences to his family and many friends.
 

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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #65 on: April 07, 2017, 09:49:20 am »
Thanks for those photos Rynet, you can see he was loving every minute.

Gary we miss you, brother.  :'(
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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #66 on: April 07, 2017, 08:15:59 pm »
Still feels unreal.

Gary is the classic example of someone making an impact on the lives of others with one moments interaction.

What a great guy he was!!
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RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #67 on: August 30, 2018, 08:59:20 am »
What an amazing morning........

I see an ad for a Giant Loop Mojave that is for sale on FB. The price is ridiculously low and I'm almost sure it must be a scam. I contact the seller and he sends banking details, but his name on WhatsApp differs slightly from his FB profile. What the heck....it's a small amount, I pay the money over and seller sends confirmation of tracking details. Turns out it is Grolls' son selling some of his kit. We have a lovely discussion back and forth over WhatsApp about the big guy.

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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #68 on: August 30, 2018, 09:50:34 am »
yup - everytime I put on the HP2 shirt he made I miss the teddybear  :-\
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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #69 on: September 16, 2018, 06:22:37 am »
I took a trip down memory lane with Gary last Sunday. I wore Groll's Baja shirt from the Baja we did in 2016, kindly given to me by his son, Mike. We did the rocks and the lumpy sand in the riverbeds in De Wildt with some of my old Team mates from Team Verve !! Chris and Ludo, die-hards from past Baja's and the Amageza.

De Wild was a favourite place we'd all ridden together many times and always had great moments of sweat followed by a of sense of achievement. Gary had also taken his HP2 through there which was another ramp in challenge.

Thanks to Chris' wayward routing we  did a lot of cross country between thorny brush, so Gary's shirt has a bit more houding with some flappy bits.

I really miss him for the great person he was but I especially enjoyed his desire to push himself to the next level to be better. He really loved riding and we won't talk about his love for the HP.

Gary's wife, Dinks, is having a tough time coming to grips with his absence, understandably. We are considering making a trip to the spot where Gary spent his last hours next year with her and the sons.
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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #70 on: September 16, 2018, 06:29:01 am »
I took a trip down memory lane with Gary last Sunday. I wore Groll's Baja shirt from the Baja we did in 2016, kindly given to me by his son, Mike. We did the rocks and the lumpy sand in the riverbeds in De Wildt with some of my old Team mates from Team Verve !! Chris and Ludo, die-hards from past Baja's and the Amageza.

De Wild was a favourite place we'd all ridden together many times and always had great moments of sweat followed by a of sense of achievement. Gary had also taken his HP2 through there which was another ramp in challenge.

Thanks to Chris' wayward routing we  did a lot of cross country between thorny brush, so Gary's shirt has a bit more houding with some flappy bits.

I really miss him for the great person he was but I especially enjoyed his desire to push himself to the next level to be better. He really loved riding and we won't talk about his love for the HP.

Gary's wife, Dinks, is having a tough time coming to grips with his absence, understandably. We are considering making a trip to the spot where Gary spent his last hours next year with her and the sons.

Good to keep his memory going.  :thumleft: 8)
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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #71 on: September 16, 2018, 07:07:52 am »
I have been thinking quite a bit of Gary these last few weeks. What legend.

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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #72 on: September 17, 2018, 10:27:58 am »
Good stuff W Rhino, Grolls is often in my thoughts - Miss him a lot!
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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #73 on: September 17, 2018, 12:26:42 pm »
Yes, we had a bike in common and is glad to have met this man. Thought if his death last week when a photo of the amageza popped up somewhere.

And then our other buddy HPFreak. Both large in life men. Your families in our thoughts Hope for peace in the near future

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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #74 on: September 17, 2018, 12:47:34 pm »
Yes, we had a bike in common and is glad to have met this man. Thought if his death last week when a photo of the amageza popped up somewhere.

And then our other buddy HPFreak. Both large in life men. Your families in our thoughts Hope for peace in the near future

Jip - Both great guys that are sorely missed  :'(
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« Reply #75 on: September 18, 2018, 10:31:52 am »
I took a trip down memory lane with Gary last Sunday. I wore Groll's Baja shirt from the Baja we did in 2016, kindly given to me by his son, Mike. We did the rocks and the lumpy sand in the riverbeds in De Wildt with some of my old Team mates from Team Verve !! Chris and Ludo, die-hards from past Baja's and the Amageza.

De Wild was a favourite place we'd all ridden together many times and always had great moments of sweat followed by a of sense of achievement. Gary had also taken his HP2 through there which was another ramp in challenge.

Thanks to Chris' wayward routing we  did a lot of cross country between thorny brush, so Gary's shirt has a bit more houding with some flappy bits.

I really miss him for the great person he was but I especially enjoyed his desire to push himself to the next level to be better. He really loved riding and we won't talk about his love for the HP.

Gary's wife, Dinks, is having a tough time coming to grips with his absence, understandably. We are considering making a trip to the spot where Gary spent his last hours next year with her and the sons.

Was a good ride bud. I remember Gary more often than not used to ride sweep. I miss the big guy,
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Re: RIP Gary Rowley AKA Grolls
« Reply #76 on: September 18, 2018, 10:53:09 am »
RIP Gary  :'(