Sue Newhall's business, called The Final Ride, will give people more choice when it comes to their final wishes.
Sue Newhall's business, called The Final Ride, will give people more choice when it comes to their final wishes. Robyne Cuerel

Man's casket taken to funeral in Harley hearse

KERRYN Gullock's long time partner Shane Bartlett died in 2011 after a battle with melanoma.

The 47-year old organised much of his own funeral, including arranging a unique mode of transport for his casket on the day.

He phoned long-time friend Sue Newhall and asked if he could book her and her 1989 Tour Glide red Harley Davidson motorbike, with its custom-built sidecar, for his funeral.

"He felt confident with her, he liked her and trusted her," Kerryn said.

Sue said Shane thought the Harley hearse was a great idea and they'd spoken about it before his cancer diagnosis.

Sue, who shared Shane's love of motorbikes, was happy to help her friend and is now offering her service to others.

"This is something I've always wanted to do … it's an opportunity to honour a person's life, acknowledge who they were and their free spirit," she said.

She said her business, called The Final Ride, would give people more choice when it comes to their final wishes.

Anybody wanting to contact Sue should do so through their funeral provider.

The casket for Shane 'Ace' Bartlett's funeral arrived on the Harley hearse.
The casket for Shane 'Ace' Bartlett's funeral arrived on the Harley hearse. Alistair Brightman


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