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Bruce Stimpson

Written by  January 1, 2014

I'm sure many of you have already heard the sad news; however, for those of you who have not, it is with a very heavy heart that I tell you about my very dear friend and fellow Cycle Connections team member Bruce Stimpson, who suffered a major hemorrhagic stroke on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, from which he did not recover.

As I write this, I still can’t believe it’s real, and can’t image a world without Bruce in it. Along with being a great friend to many, and a wonderful husband and father; many of you know him best as the talented photographer, who for the past several years, has shot all the Cycle Connections covers that you see every month in our online magazine. Bruce could also be found helping out at the Cover Bike & Cover Model Search events we've held all over town.

Along with being a great photographer, Bruce was also a very talented writer. I still remember the first article Bruce sent me, which we published in our June 2005 issue entitled Touring America's Southwest - A Biker's Diary, and another fascinating story we published in our October 2005 issue entitled Katrina and the 29’ Waves - Giving a New Meaning to the Phrase “Bike RUN!”, in which him and his good friend/riding buddy Jon Watkins were in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina was headed their way, and how they barely escaped along the coast on their bikes just before the storm hit.

Over the past couple years, my wife Nichole and I have been blessed to be able to spend time with Bruce and his wife Christy. I remember Halloween 2012, when we all dressed up and went out partying. Bruce dressed up as The Dude, from The Big Lebowski, and I swear he looked and acted exactly like this hilarious character played in the movie by Jeff Bridges. What’s even more ironic is that as I lay in bed tossing and turning the night I found out about Bruce’s stroke, I started flipping through the channels on the TV, and guess what was on. Yep, you guessed it; The Big Leboswki! It brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. I also remember the fun we had when Bruce and Christy came to our Cinco de Mayo Party this year, hanging out with them and their BBQ team in Lee’s Summit, and the wonderful weekend we spent with them this summer at the lake. I still can’t believe he talked me into doing a minnow shot at Big Dick's Halfway Inn, but Bruce had this way of making sure everyone had fun.

A party to celebrate Bruce’s life was held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the VFW in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Partway through the festive event, a wonderful slideshow was played featuring several great photos of Bruce and his family and friends. The slideshow was accompanied by a soundtrack of some of Bruce’s favorite songs, and following the slideshow, several people got up and told many great stories about Bruce, which made everyone laugh and cry. Bruce’s BBQ team Open Roadkill BBQ provided the BBQ for the event, and there was an open bar where you could enjoy one Bruce’s favorite Captain Morgan and Diet Dr. Pepper.

I could go on and on, but I’d better stop for now. Because of Bruce, there are so many wonderful memories, stories, jokes, and of course his wonderful photos we will cherish forever.

The entire Cycle Connections team greatly misses Bruce, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Christy, Amanda, Keri, and all of their wonderful family and friends.

Bruce - Love ya Dude, and cheers to you being one of a kind! Until we meet again.

By Mike Schweder

Mike Schweder

Editor-in-Chief - Kansas City, MO

Mike is the original founder of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He has been riding for over 40 years, belongs to several local and national motorcycle organizations and travels to numerous rallies and events throughout the US each year. Mike has been a writer and editor for many years and has a passion for sharing his motorcycling experiences and stories with you. Contact Mike at mikes@cycleconnections.com