Some folks might say March 1st, 2019, was the
‘end of an era.’ Don Meadows, otherwise widely known as a
merchant for his motorcycle attire, ceased from his labors and
found his place of rest. More than just a vendor, he was a
friend and a father. Our community mourns the loss of one of our
While few of us knew more than the public side of
this man, he was a veteran who once proudly served in the US Air
Force. When he wasn’t dabbling in leather works, he often
enjoyed painting figurines. Like most of us, he rode, and
corralled more than just one motorcycle. In the early days, Don
saw the need for leather goods at a reasonable price, so he took
to the road, peddling a small inventory. His business grew and
so did his clientele.
For the most part, Don was a very private man,
keeping personal matters to himself. Everyone loved to talk to
him because he was an incredible listener, adding a bit of dry
humor if he thought something needed to be said. Don was very
loyal to his customers, wanting to please them even to a fault.
If you were low on cash but needed a vest for patching, he would
often extend credit until you had the funds, waiting as long as
you needed to pay him the balance. This kind of trust was a
characteristic reminiscent of days gone by.
Most of us recognized him as a ‘fixture’ at many
of our events. If you got to the event before Don arrived, then
you witnessed his driving skills. He could back a 16-foot
trailer into an 8-foot parking spot with ease. Besides his
driving ability, he was handy and could fix just about anything.
If you called on him for any reason, Don was right there.
Watching him was like watching the Energizer Bunny… GO, GO, GO!
He didn’t have a lazy bone in his body. And if you look in your
closet, you’ll probably find something you purchased from him.
Don will be missed by so many people, especially
those he survived: his son Donald Meadows and daughter-in-law
Debbie Meadows; daughter Laurie Clement and son-in-law Ed
Clement, along with grandchildren Jamie and Jessica Clement;
sister Joann Meadows; sister Alice Struzinsky; Nephew John
Schumate and brother-in-law Bill Schumate. To them, we extend
our deepest sympathies and prayers. The rest of us have lost a
dear friend… the handsome, blue-eyed man in the white T-shirt
who will be forever missed.
Florida Southeast Chapter extends our deepest sympathies to the entire family.
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