A Waikato man who died in a crash on his way to Wednesday's Ranfurly Shield match in New Plymouth was a staunch Taranaki supporter.
Lloyd Russell Reed, 56, died after his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a car crashed at the intersection of Princess St and Main North Rd in Waitara, north Taranaki, on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr Reed, from Tokoroa, was on his way to his old home town of Stratford where he was meeting his Club X social motorcycle club friends to go to the rugby match.
Club vice-president Dave van Kerssen said his good friend's absence had cast a dark shadow over the club.
"We were meeting up to go to that game.
"We didn't go because we sat at home waiting for him, then another mate rang. The rest is history."
Mr Reed was an avid Taranaki supporter who even wore his Taranaki jersey to Waikato games.
Mr Reed, a member of the club for 10 years, would often forgo the local club ride to stay behind and cook a big meal for the other members.
"He was just a cool guy - a real man's man," Mr van Kerssen said.
"A few of us, and [me] personally, are finding it hard to deal with at the moment.
"He's a highly respected member of the club and we've lost him while he was doing something that he loved.
"He loved the club and the club loved him.
"It's not going to be the same going forward; we are going to miss our brother big time."
Waitara Senior Sergeant Matt Prendergast said more inquiries would be carried out with the car driver and witnesses to the crash in due course.
The 57-year-old woman driver of the car was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital with minor neck injuries.
The police serious crash unit carried out a scene examination yesterday.
Mr Reed is survived by his wife, two children, and grandchildren.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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