Friday, 21 April 2017

John Parham


John Parham, Founder of J&P Cycles, Chairman of the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa, lost his long battle with pulmonary fibrosis today, April 20, 2017. 

This sad, very sad news came as a huge shock. John and I were friends for more than 25 years. He had a huge influence in my life, not only when he owned J&P Cycles, but also after he started his National Motorcycle Museum, in which I spent many, many days.

Just a few weeks ago I was visiting John and Jill.

I visited John and Jill only a few weeks ago, and we had a great day, we had breakfast, we toured the museum as we always did, and talked motorcyles of course. 
John, it's an honour to be your friend, thanks for everything, I will miss you very much. Jill, you had a great husband, you can be proud of him!

John was recognized often for his marketing work and event development and promotion, John was a passionate motorcyclist, and loved the history of the sport. Amassing a large motorcycle collection, much of it has been on display at the Museum helping to tell the history of motorcycling. John was a recipient of industry awards and inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He will be missed by his wife Jill, son Zachary, daughter-in-law Bree and two grandchildren plus a large community of antique motorcycle enthusiasts. There will be a celebration of John’s life, likely in early May and friends are invited to attend. The National Motorcycle Museum website will offer details on this gathering.

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