Wayne Parfitt (1954 - 2012)

It is with the greatest regret and sorrow that we report the passing of Wayne Parfitt.  Wayne was a relatively new Member of the Club but he was a great comrade, rider and helper to the NTNOA and its Members.

Wayne moved here from California with his company of 30 years eighteen months ago.  A few months later immediately after his wife passed he joined the NTNOA.  He was an experienced rider and brought his FJR from California.  Soon after joining the club he acquired a beautiful '74 Norton Commando and recently purchased a '76 T140 Triumph.  Wayne quickly became a very active member and volunteered whenever needed.  The photo below was taken at the Lake O the Pines rally where Wayne received the bent valve award for his Commando that broke down during the Rolling Concours.  He was well liked by everyone who knew him, always had a smile and is greatly missed.

Apparently Wayne passed away at his home Thursday evening.  When he didn't show up at work Friday morning and didn't answer his phone a good friend and workmate went to his house and found him peacefully lying on the floor in his living room.

Wayne accepting an award at Lake O' the Pines.

Photo courtesy of Paul Valentine.

Keller -- Wayne Allan Parfitt, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol and was a proud veteran of The United States Marine Corps. Interment for Wayne and Carol: Will be at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA at a later date. Survivors: daughter, Heather Parfitt; grandchildren, Alex and Taylor; Brother Charles Parfitt and wife Donna; sister in law Cynthia Banta.

Wayne was an avid motorcyclist and was very proud of his membership in the Peckerheads Motorcycle Racing and the North Texas Norton Owners Association.

A tribute to Wayne read by Randy Bauer, NTNOA VP at the January meeting written by Chris Parry, NTNOA President who was in Australia.

"It was with a great deal of shock and sadness that I heard of Wayne's sudden and untimely passing. A comparatively recent member of the Club, he quickly made his mark - notably in his willingness to get stuck in and volunteer for the various tasks that make this Club tick. It didn't matter if they were mundane or out of the ordinary - you didn't have to ask - he'd walk up and say "I can do that". He was also notable for his indomitable sense of humour (he always had a smile and a knack for the one-liner) as well as his skill on a bike. He was a good match for that FJR of his, and ran as quick as anyone on the Muenster rides, as well as down in the Hill Country.

I'll close by asking you to raise a glass in a salute to someone who served his country, worked hard, played hard, enjoyed life and his friends and most of all his family. Here's to Wayne!"

Wayne at the 2011 Christmas Party

Photo courtesy of Bob Dodd

As most of you know, we went to California for Wayne and Carol's Interment at Riverside National Cemetery on June 4, 2012. On June 2 a number of Wayne's family and friends went into the Mojave Desert to Husky Monument to place a Memorial to Wayne. This blog will cover both events. The first posting is published on the Husky Monument trip. The blog address is: http://waparfitt.blogspot.com/?view=classic

I will be publishing the second section later this week. I will keep you all posted. Please share this with anyone else who knew Wayne.

Charlie Parfitt

Hi again,

Well I finally finished and posted the final parts of the Farewell Blog to Wayne and Carol Parfitt. 
The blog address is: http://waparfitt.blogspot.com/?view=classic.  Please share this with all who knew Wayne or Carol.

Charlie Parfitt


In-lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to one of the following charities:

Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300
Jacksonville, Florida 32256

American Heart Association

American Cancer Society
Call 1-800-227-2345, Option 2

Please make donations in honor of Wayne Allan Parfitt