A Great Life was Lost
I don’t know how many of my friends or followers also followed Joey (twodayslater), or got to meet him the few times he came to visit me, but it saddens me to share the news of his death.
From what I can gather, Joey was killed from a cycling accident this past weekend. I am told that he was never in any pain, and passed away in the hospital surrounded by loved ones. The more news I receive, the more I can inform you. His sister and family have asked that friends buy and donate a bike helmet, and to always wear a helmet when you ride in honor of Joey’s life. (I will update with information of where these can be sent to).
His sister also asked that I share this news with you, noting that she would feel better knowing people who were friends with him or followed him knew of his passing.
Joey had such a light about him. He always knew how to cheer you up and make you laugh. He was sassy and charming, and he loved his bike so much. I always thought of him when I heard that Kimya Dawson song with the line “Joey never met a bike that he didn’t want to ride,” how accurate.
I remember the first time we ever talked on the phone when we were first starting to get to know each other, and we found out we shared the same birthday. Neither of us believed it at first, what a coincidence. He even sent me a picture of his license to prove it! We also both have a scar in one of our eye brows. Birthday twins, eye brow scar twins, bike lovers, what a pair.
He had a good heart, and I was lucky enough that he shared that with me. Though we never had a traditional, or even official relationship, we shared a bond and we shared love. Visiting him was the first time I ever really traveled anywhere alone. A long 30 hour bus ride to Minneapolis, that ended up being so so worth it. One of my favorite experiences, in a city I hope to again visit.
Joey taught me a lot about life and love, and I’m forever grateful for the experiences we shared together. It’s quite devastating news. My heart goes out to his sister and the rest of his family during their time of such a tragic loss.