Pillar of Local Cycling Community Killed When Struck by Car on Hwy.115
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, for Earl D. Gillon, a 64-year-old pillar of the local bicycling community who died on Sunday in a collision with an automobile on Highway 115 near its intersection with Bridges Farm Road north of Davidson.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home (494 East Plaza Drive in Mooresville) and services will begin at 2 p.m. Memorials may be submitted and viewed at https://www.cavin-cook.com/obituaries/Earl-Gillon/
Friends and acquaintances say Gillon was one of the most avid riders in the area. He rode 100-200 miles per day routinely, and last year logged 26,000 miles. “If you ride bikes around here, you know Earl,” said one of his friends. Gillon was an active longtime member of the Rocky River Road Club cycling group, and had served it as president several times. On Saturday before his death he once again helped the club stage its annual Polar Bear charity ride. As usual, Earl rode “sag” in a truck at the back of the pack to make sure all riders and cycles finished the ride.
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