Biker killed in Rt. 2 crash; Liver recipient lived life fully.
A husband and father from Charlton, who was given a new lease on life after receiving a liver transplant, was killed Saturday during a motorcycle ride through Berkshire County.
Brian M. Ceccarini, 59, of 132 Dresser Hill Road, Charlton, was killed in Savoy after being thrown from his motorcycle on Route 2 near Black Brook Road, state police from the Cheshire barracks said.
Mr. Ceccarini was driving a 2006 Yamaha V-Star east on Route 2 when he lost control on a curve shortly after 3 p.m. He was thrown from the motorcycle and struck a guardrail. He was pronounced dead at the crash site.
Mr. Ceccarini received a liver transplant on Jan. 13, 2006, after being on a waiting listing for more than four years. He was an engineer technician for 16 years at Hypertronics Corp. in Hudson before his illness forced him to retire.
Before his illness, Mr. Ceccarini was a member of the town's Economic Development Commission and the Water Sewage Commission. His wife of 34 years, Deborah A. Ceccarini, is the town's principal assessor.
"He was a wonderful guy. He was very brave," Mrs. Ceccarini said of her husband, trying to hold back the tears. "He was a dedicated husband, dedicated father. Family was the most important thing to him."
two daughters are Nicole Brown of Dudley, who is a fourth-grade teacher in the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District, and Lisa M. Ceccarini of Boston, who works at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
"He was a craftsman. He loved to build things," Miss Ceccarini said about her father, before both sisters chimed in unison, "He built our house."
Besides being a craftsman, Mr. Ceccarini was passionate about classic cars, his
"He loved classic cars," Miss Ceccarini said. "In his lifetime, he owned 37 cars."
"Everything from a Jaguar XK 2 to a Camaro," Mrs. Brown interjected, with a momentary laugh breaking through the stream of tears, "and motorcycles."
Mrs. Brown recalled how her father bonded with her then-future husband, Robert T. Brown Jr., through their mutual love for motorcycles.
"My husband's passion is motorcycles," Mrs. Brown said. "And Dad started talking about how he used to ride all the time. So the one thing he wanted to do when he got well was get a bike again."
Mr. Ceccarini had a sense of accomplishment and pride when he got back on his bike last year after his nearly decade-long wait for a liver, his family said.
"He loved that bike. Oh, my God, he loved that bike," Mrs. Brown continued. "It meant more to him than just having a motorcycle. It meant having his life back after being out of commission for so many years."
Mr. Ceccarini was riding alongside his older brother, Victor M. Ceccarini of Worcester, at the time of the crash. The two were returning from a ride to Mount Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts.
"It was a beautiful ride in the country," Mrs. Ceccarini said, "two old geezers taking a ride."
Mrs. Brown said both men were wearing helmets and were traveling about 20 mph, according to her uncle, when the crash occurred.
"He really didn't do anything wrong," she said. "It was just an accident."
A Grafton High School graduate, Mr. Ceccarini was born in Worcester and raised in Grafton before moving to Charlton 20 years ago. He was an Air Force veteran and served during the Vietnam War era.
Mr. Ceccarini was active in town sports when his daughters were small and attended horse shows that his daughters participated in, Mrs. Brown said.
Miss Ceccarini said she is going to miss the "guidance and safety" her father offered the most.
"He would die for us. He would do anything for us," Miss Ceccarini said. "He was so protective of us. He always made sure that we had everything we needed. He was encouraging us."
Both daughters agree that their father had a good-natured, smart-alecky nature about him.
"You ask him a question and you have to ask him three or four times before you could get a straight answer from him, because the first three would be a sarcastic answer," Mrs. Brown said with a smile and a laugh.
Both sisters agreed it was a tough battle for their father to regain his health but it was one he eventually won.
"He went through so much to get himself well and his whole motivation was to spend more time with his family," Mrs. Brown said. "He went through a lot to get well again."
"It's so unexpected. He was just starting to become himself again," Miss Ceccarini said. "He was just starting to get back into his old ways, starting to become who he used to be."
In addition to his wife, daughters and brother, Mr. Ceccarini leaves a sister, Beth Erickson of Charlton; his stepmother, Florence M. Belsito Ceccarini of Millbury; three stepbrothers, Daniel Belsito of Millbury, Donald V. Belsito of Kansas and Matt Belsito of Millbury; a stepsister, Marie Cameron of Millbury; and many nephews and nieces.
The state police from the Cheshire barracks, as well as the Savoy, North Adams and Florida fire departments were at the accident scene. The accident closed Route 2 in both directions for about
State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section are assisting in the investigation.
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