Memorial motorcycle ride for tow truck driver will help rescue wildlife …

In this file photo, Paul Rocheleau’s motorcycle was carried on the back of a flatbed tow truck in a procession of tow trucks at St. Joseph Catholic Church in River Canard for Rocheleau’s funeral Monday Jan.

23, 2012. (NICK BRANCACCIO/The Windsor Star) AMHERSTBURG, Ont. What happens when motorcycle enthusiasts meet nature lovers?

A ride on the wild side! Wings Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Amherstburg is hosting a motorcycle ride in memory of Paul Rocheleau, the 49-year-old LaSalle tow truck operator who died in January after being struck by a passing car as he changed a flat tire in the median of Highway 3. The first-ever Ride on the Wildside will be held on Sunday, July 22.

Proceeds will support wildlife rehabilitation efforts and education programs at the centre. Rocheleau was a volunteer at Wings along with his daughters Beth and Angel. He was also an avid Harley Davidson rider and made a point of attending a ride every year, said Nancy Phillips, president of Wings Rehabilitation Centre, who knows Rocheleau s two daughters well.

In fact, Rocheleau took Angel on her first ride last year in Port Dover, she said. The tow truck driver loved his bike and he loved nature, she Phillips, so when the centre and Rocheleau s fellow motorcycle riders approached the family with the idea to host a fundraiser in his name, Rocheleau s daughters were very exicted. We want to make some good memories and honour him, she said.

The ride is on Sunday, July 22 at 11 a.m. The route starts at Knights of Columbus Hall at 9560 Walker Road in McGregor. Riders can register online at or in person.

Early bird registration is on July 16 at the Wings centre or Canusa Bar and Grill at 400 Tecumseh Road East in Windsor. Riders can also register on the day of the ride at 9.30 a.m. Registration is $25 for drivers and $15 for back-seat riders.

Included in the registration fee is a complimentary dinner. The event includes door prizes, raffles and a 50-50 draw. For more information call Wings Rehabilitation Centre at 519-736-8172 or visit the Wings Rehabilitation Centre website.

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