LAHAINA - Friends and family members of a 40-year-old Napili man who died in a Kahului motorcycle crash last week will remember him during a "paddle out" service at noon Tuesday at "Windmills" north of Honolua Bay, followed by a celebration of life at D.T. Fleming Beach.
Jerome Armstrong was a daredevil, a surfer and a master mechanic who "loved life more than anybody," said his sister, April Colpas of Mahinahina.
Armstrong died Tuesday after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a van at the intersection of Dairy Road and Pakaula Street near Maui Harley-Davidson in Kahului.
JEROME ARMSTRONG, motorcycle crash victim
"Everything he did was for his son and his wife," Colpas said Saturday.
She said Armstrong also was passionate about helping others.
"He would help anybody before he would help himself," she said.
Colpas said her brother also was "crazy" and "adventurous."
"He was a burst of life," she said. "Nobody will ever replace him."
Armstrong was a master mechanic who worked for Alamo Rent A Car, and he had his own business, Armstrong Auto.
He is survived by his wife, Michele Armstrong; a son, Julian Armstrong; his parents, Wayne and Catherine Armstrong of Riverside, Calif.; a brother, Sean Huffer of Riverside; and three sisters, Eva Ervin of Riverside, Natalie Williams of Texas and April Colpas.
The traffic death was the 13th this year on Maui County roads, compared with five at the same time last year. Five motorcyclists have died in traffic crashes on Maui this year.