Quentin Landre

Quentin Landre was tragically killed yesterday (13th Feb 2011) on a club Breakfast ride.

The day was beautiful and it was the first club ride of 2011.

The big turn out of around 50 Ducati's was quite a sight and as usual there was Quentin in his trademark studded belt. Ducati jacket and bright red boots chatting happily to anyone lucky enough to be any where near him.

Off to the lakes for Breakfast - Bacon eggs and tomatoes. It was cool inside so I sat there at a table and Quentin came and sat beside me. When I first joined DOCWA and went on my first breakfast run I sat awkwardly  by myself and it was Quentin who plonked down beside me and made me feel welcome and comfortable. Since then I have always sat with or near him without even thinking about it.

A short run to Toodyay and a fuel stop then down Julimar Road.
I was sitting in behind Quentin as I often did .
Following him was my way of being lazy, I knew he would travel at a reasonable  but safe speed and if I followed his lines I didn't have to worry about finding the best line for myself, It was a safe option and he never put a foot wrong.

Yesterday Quentin was travelling a little slower than usual and , uncharacteristically, I snuck past him.

There were a few of us at the Julimar and Chittering Road intersection. We stopped and waited for a while then some went off to Gingin and some off to Bullsbrook.

Tragically in the group behind, Quentin never made it to this intersection.

On the bend just before it something went wrong .he drifted wide and went off into the gravel culvert and came off. Despite everyone's efforts to revive him he died at the scene surrounded friends.

A shocking loss to his family, friends ,work colleagues, DOCWA and the world in general.
A nicer and more genuine bloke, you could not meet.

In his riding gear and on his 1098 you would think that Quentin was a fit 30 year old
(and he rode like that too) It wasn't until the helmet came off that you realised that he was a fit 60 year old.

He was an unassuming and softly spoken man with a million good stories to tell and the type of bloke that it was just impossible not to like and be drawn to.

Quentin, we are all grieving for you and your family and there will always be a plate of bacon and eggs laid out at the table on Breaky Rides for you mate.



Below - Waiting for breakfast at the Lakes on Sunday (13th Feb)

Toodyay Service Station Sunday (13th Feb)

Channel 7 Evening News 13th Feb

19th Feb Quentin's Funeral Service and ride with the cortège



20th Feb Ride to the scene of the accident 1 week on



To all members of  DOCWA who attended Quentin's funeral  and to those who couldn't make it but offered their condolences,
I personally would like to thank you all for the compassion, kindness and understanding given to Margaret and her family.

Margaret has nothing but praise for DOCWA and has told me that our empathy has been a great support to her and helped
her to begin getting through this tragedy.

Thank you all, it reinforces what a great club we have, made up of great people.

FONC - Scott Gilmour
DOCWA President

From Margaret Landre to DOCWA


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