MEMORIALS FOR A BELOVED BICYCLIST

cole porter 3 10313cole porter 1 100313A bicycle painted pink, said to have been the favorite color of Shrewsbury resident Cole Porter, and a solitary candle were left Thursday night on River Road in Fair Haven at the site of the September 15 racing accident that resulted in Porter’s death Wednesday. At right, the marquee at the Shrewsbury Hose Company, where Porter was a volunteer firefighter.

Services in the form of a three-hour viewing that begins at 9 a.m., followed immediately by a funeral mass, are scheduled for Monday, both at the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven. (Click to enlarge)

 

FAIR HAVEN BIKE CRASH VICTIM DIES

cole porterCole Porter, the Shrewsbury bicyclist who was seriously injured last month in an accident during a Tour de Fair Haven race, died Wednesday.

Porter’s death was reported on the Porterhouse Support Group Facebook page, where hundreds of tributes and messages of support had been posted after the September 15 accident.

“It’s just tragic,” said Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli, who was a friend to Porter.

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RED BANK: SUPPORT ON TWO WHEELS

cole ride 3 091713cole ride 1 091713Dozens of cyclists, some of them regulars on a Tuesday night ride from the Red Bicycle Studio in Red Bank, assembled for a ride Tuesday evening as a way of pulling for Cole Porter, the Shrewsbury cyclist who suffered serious injuries in an accident during Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven.

Cindy Arko, right, showed off a t-shirt made up to commemorate the ride, which left from Marine Park and was scheduled to pass by a Porter family gathering in Holmdel. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: BIKERS TO RIDE FOR INJURED PAL

red bicycle 4 053113A ride for injured racer Cole Porter, below, is planned for Tuesday evening, beginning at the Red Bicycle Studio in Red Bank, above. (Click to enlarge)

cole porterFriends of Cole Porter, the Shrewsbury man who was seriously injured in a cycling accident during Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven, are planning what one called a “suffer fest” bike ride in his honor Tuesday evening.

Dubbed Ride for Cole, the event leaves the Red Bicycle Studio in Red Bank at 5:30 p.m. As of late Monday night, more than 50 riders had indicated they were participating.

Porter, a regular in Tuesday night group rides out of the shop, is said to have suffered a brain injury when he collided with a race official during the first of six scheduled races Sunday.

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