Services for a Nutley man and known motorcycle enthusiast who died in an accident last week will be held Friday.
Timothy Keller, 35, was known for his love of motorcycles. The first line of his obituary reads “just ride.”
“We both shared a passion for the open road on two wheels and I will always cherish that,” said his friend Sophia Eleni Anton.
Keller was killed Thursday night when his Harley Davidson collided with a Nissan Rogue that was turning left into a driveway in Nutley, authorities said. His friend Rachel Silva said her fiance and other people they knew were with Keller and that the Nissan cut him off, but that they do not blame the other driver.
No charges were filed in the crash.
A memorial service will be held Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. at VFW Post 493 at 271 Washington Ave. in Nutley. Cremation will be private.
“Tim Keller was a one of a kind,” Silva said. “He touched everyone, even people he met for a few seconds.”
A Livingston native, Keller lived in Pennsylvania, Elizabeth and Carteret before moving to Nutley seven years ago. He worked as an HVAC mechanic in Bloomfield.
His obituary described him as an “ace mechanic” and described his love of motorcycles.
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“He was an avid motorcyclist, and was happiest when he was riding with his friends,” the obituary states. “He loved bringing everyone together to go for a ride or just to have a good time.”
He was also described as an animal lover, generous and “all around an exceptional human being.”
A GoFundMe page started by Silva to cover funeral and other expenses for the family raised over $17,000 as of Wednesday. People also used the GoFundMe to share more memories of Keller.
“Timmy was a walking and talking saint that I was privileged enough to call my friend,” one person wrote. “Your smile and golden heart will never ever be forgotten and I’ll continue to strive to be half the man you were.”
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