Jokes, memories exchanged at memorial for motorcycle crash victim

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – Dozens of friends and family members of Paul Courtemanche remembered him Tuesday as a crass character with a big heart.

Courtemanche was killed riding his beloved motorcycle in Narragansett on Sunday. When loved ones got together for a memorial at his house, it was hard to tell that it was a somber occasion. Friends paid their respects by laughing, joking, and telling funny stories about him.

“He always used to say, and we used to joke, that after the apocalypse, there would be three things left, which would be roaches, twinkies, and Paul,” said Brionna Haskins, one of Courtemanche’s close friends.

“But, you know, there were a lot of times that if things got really real, you know, Paul would be one of the first people there asking questions and seeing what he could do to help,” Haskins continued.

Haskins said he died doing something he really loved.

Friends are now planning a bike rally for Courtemanche this Sunday in Narragansett at the Sea Wall.

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