Pat Irvine thought this would be the perfect birthday present for her Harley-loving husband and the Langley Chapter of the HOG Harley Owners Group (HOG) was more than happy to help.
Scott Irvine is battling stage 4 esophageal cancer which has now spread to his liver and lungs. He is now in palliative care. The couple were passionate about Harley Davidson motorcycles and Pat knew it was a passion her husband missed very much.
It was in May when she saw an article in the Optimistic about the HOG’s trip to Tsawwassen to honor Liam Hance’s 11th birthday. A few days earlier, he had tragically lost his father to COVID-19. Pat reached out to the chapter, hoping they could make a special visit to Ladner last Saturday (June 26), the same day as a little birthday party and backyard barbecue for Scott.
The sweltering heat put the party on hold for another day, but that didn’t stop the HOG members from putting on quite a show outside the Morris’ home on Chestnut Crescent.
“They were very, very receptive to the idea and I was very impressed with the reception I received from them,” said Pat. “They walked our street, did a full loop and then parked their bikes. Each of them then approached my husband and gave him greetings and a punch. They visited for about 20 minutes and I provided them all with a bottle of cold water which they happily accepted. They were all just awesome.
The Langley HOG Chapter features Harley owners from across the Fraser Valley. There are regular weekly trips to a variety of destinations and special trips to boost the morale of others, like the trip to the Morris house.
“This is a very caring group of people,” said member Owen Barclay. “It’s not something that we strive to do, but if something comes up on our plate, then as a chapter we decide to do it.”