A Waste…

An absolute, total, fucking waste. I didn’t know Charlie Prinsep all that well, not even enough to know his last name, but Charlie, first known to me as the larger-than-life Shiznaz on the BFSSFG. I knew him peripherally, through mutual friends, sort of in the same sphere but never cementing anything I’d call a friendship, just the occasional exchanage of small talk and a smile. He regaled the Toronto Fixed thread with recaps of his encounters with cabbies. I remembered his butt-ugly commuter, the camo shorts, a fixture at every Critical Mass. And this, a full-face helmet rescued from the garbage heap and transformed into his Halloween costume last year:



The vision…



The realization.

Quite possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. If his online personality was any indication, and from the few conversations I’d had with him, he was probably the brightest guy on the whole forum, with a sense of humour that bordered on offensive or outrageous – but it always made you laugh. He hauled ass on his bike with the best of them, and was well known for his collection of various funny bikes (of the pursuit and fixed BMX varieties?!). This summer, he decided to go on a solo bike tour of epic proportions, which he named The Double Cross.

He was on his way home to Toronto, after passing safely up and down the West Coast and through Western Canada. He died on the Trans-Canada highway halfway between Calgary and Medicine Hat, Alberta, struck from behind by a drunk driver. May your days in heaven be rubber side down, traffic-free, always with the wind at your back. You will be missed.

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  1. emma
    Posted August 9, 2007 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Charlie was one of the brightest guys any of us will ever meet. In this perfect, non-pretentious joyous yet still sarcastic way. basically a rare stroke of joy genius and humor in the world.

    It is a waste. no words really work here.

    That said, I would love to get in touch with everyone Charlie knew on bike forums and get some information out there: (in case people don’t already have it)

    For starters:

    1) A service for Charles will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 227 Bloor Street East (between Church and Jarvis) on Tuesday, August 14th at 2:00 p.m. The presence of anyone and everyone who wants to come and celebrate Charlie’s life would be appreciated.

    2) There are plans for a critcal mass-type of ride for all of Charlie’s friends and family and others who knew him. Even those who didn’t and want to celebate him anyway (there is a lot to celebrate) are deeply encouraged to come and help us take over the streets in his honour. I think that he would really have loved this. More details (i.e. date and time) on this to be announced later.

    3) Canice (or anyone else associated with bike forums), could you perhaps e-mail me (emma.j.m.brown@gmail.com) and let me know if there is anyway better way to post this information to anyone who Charlie may have known via bike forums. I would love to get in touch with that part of his community but am sort of at a loss as to how to best go about it.

  2. emma
    Posted August 9, 2007 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Charlie was one of the brightest guys any of us will ever meet. In this perfect, non-pretentious joyous yet still sarcastic way. basically a rare stroke of joy genius and humor in the world.

    It is a waste. no words really work here.

    That said, I would love to get in touch with everyone Charlie knew on bike forums and get some information out there: (in case people don’t already have it)

    For starters:

    1) A service for Charles will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 227 Bloor Street East (between Church and Jarvis) on Tuesday, August 14th at 2:00 p.m. The presence of anyone and everyone who wants to come and celebrate Charlie’s life would be appreciated.

    2) There are plans for a critcal mass-type of ride for all of Charlie’s friends and family and others who knew him. Even those who didn’t and want to celebate him anyway (there is a lot to celebrate) are deeply encouraged to come and help us take over the streets in his honour. I think that he would really have loved this. More details (i.e. date and time) on this to be announced later.

    3) Canice (or anyone else associated with bike forums), could you perhaps e-mail me (emma.j.m.brown@gmail.com) and let me know if there is anyway better way to post this information to anyone who Charlie may have known via bike forums. I would love to get in touch with that part of his community but am sort of at a loss as to how to best go about it.

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