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Motorcycle Ride to Honor D'Angelo's Memory, Benefit State Police

Story posted July 31, 2006

Friends of David D'Angelo will hold a benefit motorcycle ride Sunday, August 6, 2006, to honor D'Angelo's memory and to collect teddy bears for a Maine State Police victims unit.

David D'Angelo, Bowdoin College's former director of facilities management, died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 2004. A dedicated and loving family man and friend, D'Angelo was also a life-long motorcycle enthusiast. His friends have organized the teddy bear ride as a way of honoring his memory through an activity close to his heart.

"We hope this ride will keep the memory of David D'Angelo strong," said close friend and fellow rider Paul Hallisey, the event's organizer. "David was a teddy bear at heart, and he touched the hearts of all who knew him. His smile was contagious, and he always helped whoever needed it, even in the worst of situations. By donating the teddy bears to the Maine State Police, we are continuing David's legacy of ease and gentleness that everyone knew him for."

Riders will assemble at the Ground Round restaurant, 110 Community Drive, Augusta, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The ride will commence at 10 a.m. sharp.

The group will ride to D'Angelo's grave in Readfield for a moment of reflection and memory, before making their way to the Kennebec River. The ride will follow along the river into Brunswick, and end at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the David D'Angelo Memorial Bench located on the Cleaveland Quadrangle on the Bowdoin College campus.

Each rider will donate a teddy bear for the Maine State Police. The State Police use teddy bears when they are called to a scene involving a child in a traumatic situation.

D'Angelo, known for always putting his family first, left behind a wife and three small children.

"The Maine State Police will have teddy bears to reach out to children in tough times. I can think of nothing that would make David, a father of three, happier," said Hallisey. "By holding this event each year we hope to honor David's memory and promote his love of children and family in others."

For more information on the motorcycle ride, contact Hallisey at

David D'Angelo (1958-2004) was a graduate of the Wentworth Institute of Techology. He joined the staff at Bowdoin in May 1995 as assistant director of planning and construction. He was named associate director of facilities and director of maintenance and construction in January 2002, and was promoted to director of facilities management in September 2002. Upon D'Angelo's untimely death, Bowdoin President Barry Mills recalled, "Dave was a hard-working professional and a friendly face on the Bowdoin campus. His efforts, and those of the people he supervised, are all around us, particularly the complete rebuilding of our Chapel towers ... and our newest academic building, Kanbar Hall, another testament to Dave and his staff."

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