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Loss of a legend | Suzuki New Zealand’s Simon Meade Dies

Arguably one of the leading figures in the New Zealand motorcycle Industry, Suzuki’s Simon Meade, has passed away.

Meade as recently announced as one of the three person leadership team of Suzuki New Zealand in the role of Executive General Manager Motorcycles, Marine and Aftersales.

Simon had been a part of the Suzuki team since 1999 and leaves huge shoes to fill.

Please find below the official announcement from our friends at Suzuki New Zealand.

RIP Simon - you are truly missed.

A man riding a Suzuki DR650
Simon Meade was a renowned pilot of Suzuki’s iconic DR650

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness, we advise of the passing of Suzuki New Zealand stalwart, Simon Meade on Saturday 18 May, after a tragic car accident.
Simon was far from just an employee and became a great friend and mentor to many of us at Suzuki New Zealand, our dealers, and everyone he dealt with. He was instrumental in Suzuki New Zealand’s success over the last 25 years and has been pivotal in helping make Suzuki the company we are today. Primarily involved in the Motorcycle Department, and more recently the reintroduction of Suzuki Marine and then Aftersales, he was someone who never stopped looking for and mastering any challenge that was put in front of him, always pushing himself and everyone around to be the best they could be.
Simon was also someone who never sat still, equally passionate about his work as he was about anything that moved – motorcycles, water skis, mountain bikes, cars, even model aeroplanes. But above all else he was totally devoted to his family - his wife Jenny, his sons Brent and Tennessee, his daughter Lily, his mother Sally, and his daughter in law Marie, supporting their dreams and pursuits anyway he could. Our thoughts and fond memories go out to Jenny and the extended family during this time.
It was an absolute pleasure working with you Simon and having the opportunity to get to know such an outstanding person. Your absence will leave a massive hole in our company and our lives.
You will be greatly missed.


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