Funeral plans announced for motorcyclist

BRADENTON -- Friends and family are reflecting on the life of Troy Bozarth, 40, who was killed in a motorcycle accident shortly late Thursday night.

They say he was an overall good guy and someone who was always putting smiles on the faces of those around him.

Bozarth was heading west near the intersection of 51st Street West and Manatee Avenue when he crashed into the rear of a pickup at a high rate of speed, according to Bradenton Traffic Sgt. Brian Thiers.

Thiers said Bozarth was not wearing a helmet and died on the scene.

He was about 10 blocks from home.

Friend and neighbor Paul Connors heard the news from his daughter, who drove by the crash and recognized Bozarth’s Harley-Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle.

“I’ve known him for about seven years now. He’s a real good guy and a good friend,” Connors said.

Bozarth worked with Connors doing handy work for Husbands for Hire. They spent their days hard at work but all the while the two would crack jokes back and forth.

“He was a comedian. We were always busting each other’s chops,” Connors said, “He was a big, ol’ kind-hearted guy.”

“He liked to have fun,” Connors said, and for fun “he’d ride his motorcycle.”

Bozarth left behind his two children, Shawn, 22 and Ashley, 14 along with his sibling Cory, Tina, Bryan and Tricia and his father Jack.

“Troy was a fun loving dad , son, brother and friend to all. Troy knew no stranger,” said Brooke Morrissey, a family friend. “We all will get through this knowing Troy is in heaven with his heavenly father. He left this earth doing what he loved the most, riding his motorcycle.”

A funeral for Bozarth will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the First Church of God, 2520 43rd Street West. For more information on the service call (941) 792-3462.

Bozarth’s death is still under investigation and anyone who witnessed it should contact Traffic Officer David Sullivan at (941) 932-9318.

-- Beth Burger contributed to this article.