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Lady's Island motorcycle crash victim loved to ride, speak his mind

Steve Ganshow
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On Thursday afternoon, Steven Ganshow's family and friends will climb on motorcycles and ride east on Sea Island Parkway.

The procession will serve as the last ride for Ganshow, the 41-year-old Shell Point man who died in a motorcycle crash on Lady's Island early Sunday morning. His ashes will be carried along.

"As long as he was riding, he didn't care where he was going," Ganshow's brother, Stan, said Monday. "I think somebody put on Facebook that he wished he could just ride with no goal in mind, just go out and ride and just keep riding. And that's all he would want to do."

Ganshow was traveling on Sams Point Road near Beaufort Academy about 1 a.m. Sunday when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson and struck a median. He was not wearing a helmet, a Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District spokesman said.

A visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home on Thursday, followed by a service at 11 a.m.

Those who attend are welcome to dress in a black shirt, blue jeans and boots as Ganshow might have wanted, his brother said. The memorial ride will take place after a reception following the service.

Ganshow worked as a mechanic at Complete Car Care. He enjoyed working on old, junk cars and driving the shop's white Jeep in Yemassee mud races, owner Billy Powell said.

Ganshow was a teenager when Powell first met him. He said Ganshow once drove a huge 1970s Oldsmobile miles in reverse -- the only gear the car had -- under the cover of darkness so that Powell could replace a faulty transmission.

His nickname at work was "Mr. Sunshine" because of a seemingly gruff demeanor and appearance, Powell said. But Ganshow fed stray cats around the garage part of his breakfast and helped mentor younger mechanics. He helped run the shop when Powell underwent chemotherapy treatments last year.

"That's the part the world will never get to see anymore," Powell said Monday.

Born in Newport Beach, Calif., Ganshow also lived in Hawaii and Washington, D.C., before his father's last station in the Marines brought him to Beaufort. Ganshow moved to Ohio near the end of high school but came back to Beaufort from Kentucky about two years ago to be with his family, his brother said.

Ganshow could tell people exactly how he felt and return to being best friends, Stan Ganshow said. He liked to make people smile.

"He lived life like every day was his last day on earth," Stan Ganshow said.

Follow reporter Stephen Fastenau at twitter.com/IPBG_Stephen.

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