Wetaskiwin- Albert Lund passed away at Wetaskiwin, Alberta on October 24, 2012. He is survived by his loving family; wife of 44 years, Kathy; children, Wyatt (Brandy) and granddaughter, Kylie, Ryan (Tara) and granddaughter, Aven; siblings, Rita Palmer, Pat (Jack) Knapp, Leona (Garry) May, Larry (Esther), Grant (Janet); sister-in-law, Betty Lund as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Although almost a year later, Albert Lund is sadly missed by family and friends. “Al Lund passed away unexpectedly. His friendship and love will be remembered by all who knew him. Al was an avid biker, owning motorbikes from an early age and passing his love of riding on to his wife and children. Al and Kathy took part in many a road trip on his bike and rode in both of Wetaskiwin’s Toy Rides.” In memory of Al, his friends and family will be hosting an annual memorial bike ride in his honour on September 15th, 2013 with the proceeds going to the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum.
Al’s widow, Kathy was taken aback but honored by the idea of respecting her husband‘s memory with the bike ride. “This is a real honor in memory of my husband, for me and our family. Al and I did lots and lots of bike riding going as far east as Winnipeg and as far west as the Coast. We also did the 101 in the States and most of the Northwestern states. Our longest trip was to Branson, Missouri.” Branson is located on the southern border of the state of Missouri, south of the state of Iowa and just north of Arkansas.
Kathy, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum is pleased the funds raised from the ride have been designated to the Museum. “My family has a long history with the Museum dating back to when my parents were involved and my mother, Virginia Sherburne was the Secretary with the original museum in the old building. I think the bike ride will create interest in the Museum, especially among the younger riders.”
Planning is well underway and the ride will be held on September 15, 2013 in Wetaskiwin, AB. Staging is going to happen at the West Fire Hall, 5940-40 Ave (Hwy 13) commencing with registration from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The pancake breakfast runs from 9:00 am to 10:30 am followed by the Blessing of the Bikes and departure for the TrikeZone (near Mulhurst) at 11:00 am.
Each single rider registration fee is $30 and each double rider registration is $50. The registration includes breakfast and individual entry into the scrabble run. Registering in the ride will get riders a bonus of playing a game of scrabble along the way, if they so wish. Each rider will start with one tile and pick up tiles at points along the way, ending with 7 tiles. The goal is to get the most points in one word (that must be in the dictionary). Riders who don’t like their letters can purchase more letters (randomly drawn) at the final stop to try and win the prize for either longest word or most points.
For each rider that raises $100, their registration fee is waived. Tax receipts will be given for each donation over $20, as requested. All riders will also receive a hot dog lunch at TrikeZone at the end of the run.
To register for the ride go to: https://signup.wordpress.com/signup/
The Heritage Museum, located in the heart of Wetaskiwin's historic downtown, has been preserving local history since 1986. The current location officially opened its doors on May 7th, 2005. The museum currently offers three floors of exhibits relating to everything from First Nations' history to the War Years. Learn about Wetaskiwin's early businesses, read about the extraordinary Women of Aspenland, see an authentic tipi, and have a glimpse of life on a Hutterite colony. The entire building is home to a collection of more than 15,000 artifacts.