Vale Greg Hirst – official BHCMC eulogy

Greg Hirst obituary

Thousands are expected to attend the funeral next week of Greg Hirst, a longtime motorcycle advocate, charity worker and host of the Temporary Australians TV show.

The service and wake will be held at the Penrith Panthers Leagues Club on Monday, June 19, 2017, from 11am to 4pm, hosted by his beloved Brotherhood Christian Motorcycle Club.

A Funeral Processional Ride to escort the hearse will leave from Andrew Campbell Reserve, William Lawson Dr, Eastern Creek, hosted by the Brotherhood CMC.

All riders are welcome to join the ride, gathering at 9.30am for a 10am departure, riding in staggered formation on the M4 at 80km/h. 

Greg’s wife Colleen says her home is now filled with flowers and chocolates, which she has received with much gratitude.

Rather than bringing a gift or flowers, please consider donate to the Street Level Supporters and until the end of July those donations will be distributed to causes and charities close to Greg’s heart. 

Hirsty’s books will also be available at the wake for a suggested donation of $20 each.

Greg passed away last Tuesday (June 6, 2017) from complications after surgery.

The eulogy will be given by a number of people: Julie Owens MP, Brendan Jones, members of BHCMC, and family – each focusing on a different aspect.

Here is his official eulogy provided by the BHCMC:
Greg Hirst obituary

Greg Hirst (Hirsty)

2/12/1952 – 6/6/2017

Greg was a husband, a father, a motorcyclist, and a man of God.

His love for his family and his dedication and love for the motorcycling community were driven by his unwavering belief in a God who sees value and worth in every human being.

He was happily married to Colleen for 37 years. They had six children (one now deceased).

Greg Hirst obituary
Greg and Colleen

He was a founding member of Brotherhood CMC. He rode with this club for 40 years.

He was a founding member of the Christian Motorcyclists Association of Australia, which began in 1979.

He was the driving force behind establishing the Australian Conferences of Christian Motorcycling Clubs – the inaugural conference being held in 2006.

He organised the Silverwater Motor Festival, which hosted Brotherhood’s annual Street and Custom Motorcycle Show.

He established the Bathurst Bike show, which has run for seven years.

He was an avid journalist, writing columns for several newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph (Motorcycle World), Parramatta Advertiser, Live to Ride and Revs. He also wrote two books – My Motorcycling Life (Parts I & II).Greg Hirst obituary

Greg hosted a motorcycle radio program in the ’90s called Ride-On Alive on 90.5 FM.

In 2008 he began working on his television series, Temporary Australians. This in now in its fifth series and airs on 7Mate.Greg Hirst obituary

Greg has been involved in work with homelessness for 40 years. He established Parramatta Street Youth Project and was most recently supporting the street work of Parramatta Mission. He has been involved in organising Homeless Person’s week events in Parramatta for many years, including the Blanket Run (organised in partnership with Bikers Australia). Greg has organised rock concerts to raise money for the homeless with support from bands such as Midnight Oil.

He was a political activist and lobbyist, who worked tirelessly to secure better and safer conditions for bikers. He was an active member of the NSW Motorcycle Council for many years, serving as press secretary and Chairman. He was an active member of Bikers Australia joining in the early ’80s when it was then known as Bikers Ltd.

He was a key figure in organising numerous Protest Rides and Celebration Rides including the Celebration of Australian Motorcycling in 1996 and the Celebration Rides of 2001 and 2006.

He presented at several international conferences on bikers rights and solidarity including the Federation of Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) in Europe and the Confederation of Clubs in the USA. He was actively involved in the United Motorcycle Council (UMC) of NSW.Greg Hirst obituary

He became a marriage celebrant in the 1990s and has married dozens of biker couples.

He was a Christian biker who was equally at ease with politicians, media personalities, the rich and famous and the homeless. He would visit jails and churches. He conducted weddings and funerals, including for his own children.Greg Hirst obituary

Above all, Greg was a genuine and honest man who made time for everyone he met. He tried to live in a way that honoured Christ, without imposing his beliefs and morals on anyone.

6 Comments

  1. after reading a ” heavy duty ” magazine & noticed mention of greg hurst s passing . he was and is a great aussie held in high esteem by so many . i’ m shocked to learn of such sad news , being a healthcare worker , another loss is still hard to comprehend . I watch ” temp. aussies ” , any time I have the w’end off . commiserations to ( his ) wife & families , regretfully yours Charlie Schultz .

  2. I remember Shelley McGowan who I did nursing with taking me to Brotherhood . It was a bit overwhelming initially swing all these people turn up on their bikes , grabbing the Bible to meet and hear Gods word . Greg and Collen where amazing advocates and it was like family . Fond memories . My heart goes out to Collen and Family at this difficult time and my prayers for Greg.
    Love Janice xo

  3. I will never forget the kindness shown to me by Greg after I became seriously injured in a motorbike accident in 2007.
    A wonderful man who will be missed by so many.
    I’m so sad that I won’t be able to attend the funeral.. I would have dearly loved to pay my respects to Greg.
    RIP Hirsty..

  4. Thankyou Hirsty
    For everything you bought into our lives.
    A great friend a pleasure to be in his company & always a couple of laughs to be had.
    Greg bought poeple together against diversity without judgement, just his presence bought a calming vibe & he always had time for a quick chat amongst the bizzyness of running his events..
    I have many fond memories of Hirsty even through hard times when he came to pray with us by my dying fathers bedside it was just what he was like if he could be there he would.
    He taught my other half well & a line on the day he married us that has saved his life many a time ‘Yes Dear” lol . I recall at a Christian convention in QLD few years back hearing Hirsty remind Richo of those 2 words & checking he was putting those words into practice ..
    Hirsty was one of a kind..
    God has the best of the best now & he let me walk with them for a reason so for that i feel blessed..

    My heart goes out to Colleen & family
    Brotherhood
    All that are feeling the loss of this great man.
    I hope he knew how much he was loved & appreciated in life.
    Forever in my heart RIP HIRSTY now all my heros are ANGELS at Gods table..
    Till we meet again

  5. what a sad loss of a truly wonderful soul… rest in peace my friend, knowing you had such a positive impact on so many individuals.. even though i never had the privellege of meeting you i’m am sure we would have had an interesting chat about everything and anything. best wish to the family…

    regards and condolences
    Mick.

  6. I was lucky enough to know Hirsty on both a personal & professional level for many years & considered him a role model for all ledgitimate motor cyclists & foremost a good friend.
    Greg inspired me simply with his approach to life.
    In the weeks prior to his passing, I had the pleasure of speaking to him constantly in regards to his kind offer to assist me with a charity ride / fundraiser for a local refuge
    (Mary Macs Refuge) on the Central Coast of NSW that I have been associated with for some time now.
    Greg arranged for media coverage and provided much needed assistance via UMC NSW members, resulting in approximately 80 motorcyclist attending on the day from Sydney, Central Coast & Newcastle areas.
    The day was a great success with approximately $3000 raised and huge quantitys of clothing, blankets, childrens toys & non perishable foods donated.
    We could not have done it with out you mate.
    Thank you Greg & rest in peace brother.
    L&R Darren ( Dazz ) Driscoll

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