CHAZY — Douglas Pilon knows his son, Doug, was laid to rest the way he would have wanted to be.
The 47-year-old former Chazy resident died in a motorcycle accident near Orlando, Fla., on the morning of April 6.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Doug was riding his 2006 Harley-Davidson along Orange Avenue around 3 a.m. when he lost control while turning a corner.
The motorcycle struck a guardrail, throwing him from the vehicle, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He was not wearing a helmet at the time, authorities said, and died at the crash site.
LOVE OF TRUCKS
Doug had moved to Florida in the mid-2000s to work at a branch of Chazy-based Harvey and Co. trucking.
He and his five siblings had spent their childhoods learning to repair and operate semi-trailer trucks while helping their father with his water-transport company.
“He picked up the love of the trucks from that,” his brother Dennis said.
That love would become a lifelong career, with Doug eventually buying a truck of his own. He had recently sold it but had continued to work at a Florida mechanic’s shop.
The last conversation Dennis had with his brother was about trucking. The pair would often call each other with questions about maintenance.
On the day before the accident, Doug called Dennis to thank him for his help with a repair problem. Before hanging up, Doug had asked for advice on one more issue he was having.
“I wasn’t sure, so I said, ‘I’ll check and get the information for you’ and he said, “Alright, I’ll call you back later,’ and the next thing we get a phone call saying that he’d passed,” Dennis said.
Knowing Doug’s passion for trucks, Dennis felt it was only right for his brother’s casket to be brought to his gravesite not in the back of a hearse but in the family’s Mack truck.