MERRIMACK - Friends and family are mourning the death of a Merrimack man following a deadly motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon.
Gary Bloom, 53, of Merrimack, died after he apparently lost control of his Harley-Davidson on Wallace Road in Bedford on Sunday afternoon. Bloom, a long-time motorcyclist, was remembered as a caring and well-liked man.
“Gary Bloom was the single nicest human being alive,” said Tracy Coyer, Bloom’s friend and temporary spokeswoman for the Bloom family. “He was a complete gentleman.
Bloom, a Merrimack resident since 2007, was married to Ginette Bloom, Coyer said, and has a grown daughter, Stephanie Shea, from a previous marriage. He spent the last 25 years as an engineering assistant at BAE Systems in Merrimack, Coyer said.
Bloom was riding south on Wallace Road on Sunday with two other people when the accident happened, according to Bedford Police Capt. Daniel Douidi. Another rider, Robert Watkins, 52, also of Merrimack, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, where he remained in fair condition Monday, according to a hospital representative.
The two men were riding Harley Davidson motorcycles on Wallace Road, and apparently lost control on a curve near Hancock Drive, police said.
Coyer, who has ridden with Bloom many times since they met five years ago, said Bloom re-built his own 1984 Harley Davidson Shovelhead motorcycle and has been riding for more than 20 years.
Douidi said Bloom was not wearing a helmet and police are still investigating whether speed or weather conditions were a factor in the crash. There were scattered thunderstorms and showers around the region Sunday afternoon.
Coyer said it’s unlikely speed led to the accident.
“He was not a speed racer or a speed demon,” he said. “He was just out there to get the wind through his hair and enjoy a ride.”
It seemed evident from marks along the road that a southbound motorcycle had failed to make a leftward curve just south of Hancock Drive and crashed into the guardrail. There is a crest in the road just north of Hancock Drive, which obscures a driver’s view of the upcoming curve.
Coyer said Bloom’s Merrimack home was packed with well-wishers Monday. He said more than 50 people had stopped by throughout the day to offer their condolences.
“He was a very well-liked man,” Coyer said. “There’s a lot of pain obviously; however, there’s a lot of happy Gary stories. There are a lot of smiles as everyone remembers a lot of the things that have happened.”
Bloom had two brothers, Scott and Bryan Bloom, as well as three grandchildren, according to his obituary.
The Bedford Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident, and asks anyone with information to call the Bedford Police Department at 472-5113.
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This article appears in the May 22 2009 issue of New Hampshire Business Review