‘Work hard, play hard’: Brant County man killed in Friday the 13th motorcycle crash loved to ride

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Les Stys was at home on two wheels.

The 65-year-old outdoorsman from Oakland in Brant County loved motocross and drag racing.

Stys died on May 13 just outside Port Dover after the motorcycle he was riding north on Blueline Road collided with a car coming west down St. John’s Road East.

The streets around Port Dover were thick with motorcycles that day due to the Friday the 13th rally that brought tens of thousands of bikes to town.

Police say the crash happened just after 1 p.m. Stys was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been announced.

The driver of the car that hit Stys was not physically harmed.

A death notice posted by Thompson Mott Funeral Home said Stys’ life motto was “work hard, play hard,” a credo he extended to pastimes such as hockey, baseball, hunting and fishing.

“He was always up to do anything if it meant he got to spend time with his family and friends,” the obituary read.

“He is going to be missed beyond measure.”

Stys is survived by his wife, Jenny, three children and four grandchildren, as well as siblings and extended family and friends.

An open house to celebrate his life is planned for May 28 in Scotland.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator

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