"Goodbyes" In Loving Memory of Matt Roberts
August 20, 2016 the world lost one it's best guitarists who just so happens to be a long time friend and fellow motorcycle enthusiast. Matt Roberts was one of the founding members of the multi platinum 3 Doors Down. I had the pleasure of meeting Matt and the boys in the band in April of 2005 and soon thereafter in August one of the greatest storms of our time - Hurricane Katrina would rock the Gulf Coast. In the midst of that disaster a lifelong friendship and partnership between Bourget's and 3 Doors Down and The Better Life Foundation would be formed. The world will not be the same without Matt, he will be missed by fans from across the globe, his family, his extended family and friends. I treasure the memories we made riding, rock'n n rollin, and helping others through the toughest times of their lives. I will always love you and never forget you my friend. In the words of my good friend and Matt's life long friend Brad Arnold, I dedicate to your memory, "Goodbyes" the song that was written for and about you -
"There's so much that I would say if I could see you one last time. They're never easy, but sometimes, goodbyes are so hard. You'll be there on my mind, standing in the sunshine. They're never easy, but sometimes goodbyes are so hard."
Citizen/Soldier David J "Zippo" Bland
On October 16, 2014 heaven gained one of the best soldiers earth has ever known, my best buddy "Zippo". Zippo fought for our country, and as a retired veteran, volunteered hours upon hours of his own time and money to make the world a better place for our returning soldiers. One of the founding members of "DTR" The Dixie Thunder Run, Zippo was instrumental in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for DTR and Soldiers Helping Soldiers. Zippo I will forever miss your funny texts, you calling me out of the blue to harass me, your gravelly voice, your strong hugs and having lunch with you at 8 oz in Tunica. Some of the best times of my life were spent side by side with you selling raffle tickets and telling stories. One of the saddest days of my life was the day Shak called and told me the news that no one ever wanted to hear. What really sucked it was only a couple weeks before I was supposed to see you again and raise hell like only we could at The Better Life. Cancer sucks and you sure tried to kick it's ass. When I started the Citizen/Soldier project with 3 Doors Down it was about building bikes to honor the National Guard and raise money for great causes. I never imagined it would take on a life of it's own with such amazing Citizen/Soldiers who would become so near and dear to my heart. There are many who will carry on with your legacy and fight the good fight. Your are terribly missed and will never be forgotten. I love you Zippo - you are a true hero, and in the words of our good friend Brad the words that describe you the best:
Hope and pray that you'll never need me, But rest assured I will not let you down. I'll walk beside you but you may not see me, the strongest among you may not wear a crown. On that day when you need your brothers and sisters to care, I'll be right here! On that day when you don't have the strength for the burden you bear, I'll be right here! Citizen Soldiers holding the light for the ones that we guide from the dark of despair. Standing on guard for the ones that we sheltered, We'll always be ready because we will always be there.
March 26, 2011 will be a date not soon forgotten in the hearts of Arizona’s Biker Community, Kimmy Chapman was called home and those of us left behind are heartbroken. If you live and ride in Arizona or have ever attended an Arizona Bike Week or been to a bike shop in Arizona you know Kimmy or have seen her Arizona Biker Information Guide. She would have called you her friend and your life would be better for it! She had a heart of gold, a smile you can’t forget and a helping hand or friendly word for everyone she came in contact with. Kimmy we love you, we miss you and though you are gone from our sight, that is all. We can be sure that just as we say, “There, she is gone!”, another says, “There, she comes!”. Life is eternal and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing but the limit of our sight. Until we see you again Kimmy, Godspeed and May God Bless!
Bourget’s expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims of the Carefree Hwy accident and their families and friends. On Thursday, March 25, 2010, four lives of our fellow motorcyclists were tragically taken. Godspeed to you and may you forever ride in heaven and your spirit never be forgotten by those left behind. We wish a complete and speedy recovery to those injured and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.