04-21-2003

03NR12 - Tragic Loss of MRF President Buck Kittredge

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chuc Coulter
E-Mail: chuc@mrf.org
Phone: 202-546-0983
April 21, 2003

03NR12 - Tragic Loss of MRF President Buck Kittredge

It is with great sadness and tremendous loss that the Motorcycle Riders Foundation's Board of Directors reports the untimely death of MRF President and friend Nathan "Buck" Kittredge. Buck's life was taken just before 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, 2003 in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident less than 10 miles from his home in Wisconsin. The exact cause of the accident remains unknown. Buck was 56 years old and leaves behind his beloved wife Carolyn and his two sons Jesse and Travis, as well as a worldwide family of motorcyclists' rights activists with whom he had served for many years.

Tom Wyld, MRF Vice President of Government Relations, echoed the sentiments of the entire motorcyclists' rights community upon hearing the tragic news. "We are all numb, grief-stricken and in utter disbelief at this unfathomable loss, and our hearts are one with Carolyn and the rest of the Kittredge family. We will carry on, as Buck would have us do, guided by this wonderful man's spirit and his unflagging devotion to his family, to his cause, and to each and every one of us."

Visitation and a memorial service will be held for Buck on Thursday, April 24 at Jones Funeral Home, 107 Franklin Street, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin 54154, (920)848-2222. Visitation hours will be from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. with the memorial service beginning at 7:00 p.m. There will be an open microphone remembrances period immediately following the memorial service during which Buck's friends and family will be given the opportunity to share their tributes and memories. In lieu of flowers, the MRF asks that you please forward contributions to the Buck Kittredge Memorial Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 225 E. Central Avenue, Oconto Falls, WI 54154.

Since 1966, Buck had ridden his various motorcycles through 49 states from his home base in Wisconsin. He first became involved with motorcyclists' rights when he became a life member of the American Motorcyclist Association. He was heavily involved with ABATE of Wisconsin starting in 1985, served as Executive Director of ABATE of Wisconsin from 1994-2000, and was well known for his lobbying efforts for motorcyclists' rights and safety in Washington DC beginning in 1991.

"Buck and I started in bikers' rights together almost eighteen years ago," said Ed Williams, the current Executive Director of ABATE of Wisconsin. "At that time, neither of us had any idea how far it would take us. There is no way I can express in words how much Buck will be missed. I promise you, my friend we will not let you down. We will finish all that you started and we will continue to fight for our right to ride free."

Buck began his service on the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Board of Directors as Supporting State Motorcyclists' Rights Organization Board Member in 1995 when Mark Buckner was MRF President. "The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, and all of biker's rights, has lost a great leader," said Buckner. "Buck was a good friend and a better man. I'll miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Carolyn and the Kittredge family."

Buck served two years as Vice President before taking over as MRF President at the Meeting of the Minds in Lansing, Michigan last September. MRF Vice President Chuc Coulter has stepped in as Interim President as the organization continues to advance the hard work and dedication of Buck and many others to preserve the rights and freedoms of street motorcyclists nationwide.

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