MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Visitation and funeral services have been set for Danny Ives, the Maplewood Bike Shed owner who died Sept. 5 in a motorcycle accident:
On Friday, Sept. 11, a public viewing/wake will be at Preston Funeral Home in South Orange, from 4-8 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, a funeral mass will start at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, South Orange, at 10 a.m.
Many remembrances of Danny have been posted on social media. On the @maplewoodbikeshed Instagram page, @thedianedavis wrote that after fixing up one daughter's bike, Danny "gave an old wicker bicycle basket to my other 5-year-old daughter." He didn't have one for sale but went out of his way to get a used one out of his car "and said 'it's on the house.' He made us so happy that day. Such a beautiful soul, my heart aches for you."
On Facebook, Laura Regan posted "My husband was friends with him & is devastated by the news. He said he ALWAYS had a smile on his face, always so happy & such a nice guy.... simply tragic."
And Richard Quadrini posted, "I was so happy when he opened the shop. And during the early days of the pandemic, he and his team worked so hard to get everyone's bikes back in shape to provide all of us with a way to have a few minutes of escape. He always had a smile on his face, laughed easily and loved his job. I don't know of anyone who didn't have a great experience interacting with Danny. He'll be missed as a great local business owner but more over as a great human being who found joy in life."
A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money to start a foundation in Ives' name. In its first 12 hours, the fund raised more than $22,000 towards its goal of raising $35,000. The purpose of the foundation will be to "serve the community that he loved and will incorporate both bike riding and safety. Two things at the forefront of every parent's mind, no matter how old their children are. Through events and charity we can all continue to celebrate Danny's life for many years to come."
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