Memorial tour held in honor of Easthampton motorcyclist
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – For the third year, local motorcyclists gathered at Roland’s Motor Works to pay tribute to founder Roland Tessier.
“Dad lived life, he was that great spirit, always looking to make a friend and tackle life at full speed,” said Ken Tessier, Roland’s son.
Roland died three years ago at the age of 73, from complications in the lungs. His son, Ken, now owns the motorcycle shop, alongside his sister.
“Kenny does a great store here, and we love to support him and support everything that is going on in the community,” said Paul Jaeger, a Westfield rider.
After the morning social evening, they hopped on their motorcycles and set off for their memorial ride. The ride around Hampshire County was in memory of Roland Tessier, a legendary Easthampton rider who left an impact in these communities.
“My dad touched everyone,” Ken said. “He just reached out, that’s why I am who I am. He would help anyone he could, trying to make a better community.
“The guy had a lot of knowledge about motorcycles. He talked to me a lot, so I came to ask him to work for me and he told me you could do it yourself and showed me how to do it, ”Jaeger said.
They passed through Westhampton, Huntington, Worthington and Chesterfield on the 1.5 hour drive, before returning to the store.