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Walking in the Echo....Remembering Greg "Bambam" Walker - September 3, 2010, 10:28 AM

I know many of us are taking time out of our day today to celebrate the Birth of a Greg “BamBam” Walker and honor his memory. I wanted to take a few minutes to share a little Tribute to the life of one the most amazing people I have ever known and had the honor to call a real friend.

I have to admit I sadly never truly realized the full impact BamBam’s life had on this world until after he was gone. I have never seen such an outpouring of affection and fond memories for somebody that I have been close to in my life. It was simply amazing to watch people tell story after story of things he had done for them, and experiences they had shared together. What I found truly remarkable was just how many people considered him their best friend, myself being one of them.

I met Greg the day we all met up to ride to the funeral of a fallen rider from DCSBN. We hit it off almost immediately. We started spending time together and just having good time. We would do rides together, hang out, and he would help me with my bikes.

About 2 years ago another one of my best and longest friends from this site named “Dragula”, who was like a brother to me, passed way causing me to become very depressed and confused. Bambam stepped in and filled that void and really helped me deal with it, even if it was just letting me vent and be my “Quirky” self. He got me active at the track with bike racing, first with photography, and then what has now become my involvement with MARRC. He introduced me to Hollywood and let me become part of his race team as the photographer, once again giving me meaning to what I felt at that point was a useless existence. I had good days and I had bad days, but it seemed like everyday he would call me just to check on me and just to be my friend. No matter what we talked about that silly laugh and his “yada yada yada” would make me laugh and feel good about things.

Then suddenly, without warning, on Sep 11, 2009 he was taken away from us due to complications from diabetes. I will never forget the days that followed his passing. So many people jumped right in to help make sure his memory was honored and came together to share their stories. Slowly but surely I started noticing person after person that was truly affected by his life. I had never experienced that before. It really made me start thinking about life itself and how I treated and interacted with people. I wondered if I would ever have the kind of impact his life did, or would my life just become insignificant & meaningless somehow?

I was honored to be allowed to speak at his funeral, and as I prepared for it I started thinking of that saying “What we do in life echoes into eternity” That saying really made me realize just how huge the echo was that Greg left behind.

It was that day I committed myself to Walking in his Echo, not just to honor him and his memory, but to continue the gift God gave to us all in his friendship. I promised myself I would treat people better, be a better friend, and try to become a better overall human being. I admit this has been no easy task, but I try to improve a little every day. I have tripped over my feet a few time and I understand that I will probably never become the caliber of person he was, but the effort in trying gives my life purpose & meaning each and every day. His passing has lead me back to my faith in God and has really made me appreciate each and every day for what it is and recognize the blessings it holds for all of us.

Today I celebrate his birth and honor his memory. I miss you Greg “Bambam” Walker and think about you every day. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for being my counselor. Thank you for being my mechanic. But mostly THANK YOU for being my example.

Your echo truly does live on into eternity

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Happy Birthday Bam - you'll be forever missed.


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September 3, 2010, 10:35 AM

Happy Birthday Bam! Stand one up for us all!!

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September 3, 2010, 10:38 AM

As much as I hate to hear this, people around here for some reason don't like talking about this. I asked if people wanted to do a ride as a rememberance and maybe get some shirts with money going to a Diabetes research fund and go little response. I just think it is hard for people and people don't want to do or think of anything that is hard. I was at the SPOT last night and there were maybe 10 people tops. It's not a Wulf Pak Rydaz thing it is just riding. Bam Bam would hang with anyone and I remember heading out West for a night to hangout. It just isn't the same when we lose good people.

I'm still down for a ride, just to get out and remember BAMBAM. I miss this guy fierce. He GAVE me my first takeoffs at the track and introduced me to Hollywood. I learned alot and although I'm still slow, I've had more fun at the track and getting things worked on because of him.

Miss You Greg and Happy Birthday.

PS......Flip's younger brother had his first track Day on 8/27. They put #47 on his bike. Greg, you always had jokes!!!


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September 3, 2010, 10:44 AM

Amen Guzz, wonderful post.

I wasn't as close of a friend to Bam as some folks were, but the day Sara and I met him, he felt like a big brother to me.

Happy birthday Bam!


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Never got to meet this guy but through the memories shared and seeing his name in sigs honoring his life, I feel like I really missed out on a great person.

Keeping his legacy alive, Guzz, is very honorable and shows the type of legacy you are leaving. I will feel honored once we meet in the near future. You are a true friend.

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Never knew him as well as others, however he seemed like the type of person any of us would be able to get along with and relate to on some level, you are missed Greg.

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Thanks Guzz.

Happy Bday BAM! I didn't know you long, but I didn't need to.

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As much as I hate to hear this, people around here for some reason don't like talking about this. I asked if people wanted to do a ride as a rememberance and maybe get some shirts with money going to a Diabetes research fund and go little response. I just think it is hard for people and people don't want to do or think of anything that is hard. I was at the SPOT last night and there were maybe 10 people tops. It's not a Wulf Pak Rydaz thing it is just riding. Bam Bam would hang with anyone and I remember heading out West for a night to hangout. It just isn't the same when we lose good people.

I'm still down for a ride, just to get out and remember BAMBAM. I miss this guy fierce. He GAVE me my first takeoffs at the track and introduced me to Hollywood. I learned alot and although I'm still slow, I've had more fun at the track and getting things worked on because of him.

Miss You Greg and Happy Birthday.

PS......Flip's younger brother had his first track Day on 8/27. They put #47 on his bike. Greg, you always had jokes!!!
Happy Birthday Greg! Just got done eating a bag of cheesy poofs.

I would love to do a ride on the 11th. Just not sure if I will be in town.


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Well said Craig.
Greg really was full of life. He did a lot of stupid things, as we all do, but his spirit is one that will never be matched. I have never had someone so quick to get close to me as Greg did. He really was family to anyone and everyone he met. Never a harsh word and always quick with a joke. I miss him terribly and it is very hard for me to go to Summit Point now that he is gone. When he was working on stuff for Chris in the pit, he always let me get up under him like a 5yr old and 'help' him change tires, prep bikes, get him gatorade and just be an overall pain in the butt. He never got frustrated with me and he never shoo'd me away. He just smiled that goofy smile and would show me how to do things right.
I miss you Greg. My heart will forever ache from losing you. God truely blessed this world with him and I give thanks for the years of knowing him and having him always make me laugh. I even miss the times of the random calls so he could vent things out. Even in those times, he made jokes and was very hard to take him seriously, but that is just Greg.

You are forever in my heart and I will see you again.


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I also never got to meet Greg but that didnt stop me from going to a remembrance or walking however long we did last for the Diabetes walk in honor of him and others with Diabetes if I could figure out how to go 2 miles with a boot on my foot ill be there this year as well. I wish I would of had the opportunity to meet him as I feel I have missed out on meeting an awsesome person.. Happy Celebration BamBam!!!!


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Well said, Guzz.

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I'm running at Summit Main on 11 SEP. Bittersweet.
That's why I want to go Pat.

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Greg, had become a great friend. And Every time i think of him I get a smile . A few select people on this Board have taken to calling Baby Girl, Pebbles. And it makes me smile, yet it also makes me sad he never got to hold her. Bam, you are missed terribly by all of us, but know your watching over all of us!!
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