Motorcyclist dies in crash near Roy Wilkins park

A flier featuring a photo of Simon George, candles and flowers were left at a memorial on Merrick Boulevard. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A wake for an MTA employee who was killed in a motorcycle crash near Roy Wilkins park in southeast Queens is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Services for Simon Peter George will be held at J. Foster Phillips, 179-24 Linden Blvd., from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, and a viewing will take place from 9 a.m. to 10. a.m. Saturday. followed by the funeral at 10 a.m.

A spokesman for the FDNY said the agency responded at 4:51 p.m. Saturday to a call about the crash at 118th Road and Merrick Boulevard. George was initially listed in critical condition, fire officials said. He was then taken to Jamaica Hospital in cardiac arrest and died at the hospital, according to the FDNY.

An eyewitness believes the brakes on George’s motorcycle gave out, resulting in the accident that took down a section of the fence at the park.

Family members, friends and passers-by gathered Wednesday to show their respect at a makeshift memorial outside Roy Wilkins Park.

Fliers and candles were placed on the damaged fence and wall of the park.

One of the fliers read: “It is with deepest regret that we inform you of the death of Simon George who passed away on Saturday after a tragic motorcycle accident. Simon worked for many years as a dedicated employee in various positions, most recently as a TSM agent in the Customer Service department. We will all miss him as a work colleague and a good friend.”

Updated 12:13 pm, April 27, 2012
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Carol P. from Southeast Queens says:
I wanted to send my condolences to Simon P. George's family especially his wife. Simon was the best man at my wedding in 1994. I married one of his best friends from the neighborhood we grew up in. I remember as a kid he went to the same church as I did (Trinity Church of Locust Manor). He always had a smile on his face. I will always remember his laugh. I wish I could've been there for his service. God bless his wife, family and friends.
May 2, 2012, 11:13 pm
Leroi James from Jamaica says:
i grew up across the street from Simon and loved him and his family as my own. his death is a sudden tradgedy which i will carry with sorrow for all my days i will forever hold him,gwen, mr and mrs george in my heart, thoughts and prayers respect peace and love to all
May 5, 2012, 4:08 pm
Tay Coke from south jamaica queens says:
Simon, I remember being at the scene just moments after it happened. I couldn't believe what I was seeing with my eyes. we lost a good brother and an even greater father. you are missed by all who knew you, bro. you were an upstanding man and a great father. R.I.P. Love you bro
June 20, 2013, 9:09 pm

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