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Motorcycle matriarch dies at 103
Motorcycle matriarch dies at 103

By ROBERT HIRTLE

  MAHONE BAY - Mahone Bay's oldest and perhaps most famous motorcycle enthusiast died October 7.

 Ella Hintz, who just this past July took her second trip in as many years in a motorcycle side-car, was 103.

 The Wileville native's story began in 1926 when she and her husband, Stanley, were married in Pennsylvania and left for a Florida honeymoon on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

 

Ella Hintz
 Took her last ride

 Later in the trip, when Ms Hintz refused to travel further on the back of the bike, husband Stanley purchased a side-car for her to ride in.

 Although they experienced a number of both funny and not-so-funny adventures during their trip, the most memorable occurred when they were on their way home after attending Mardi Gras in Louisiana.

 While travelling down a hill, the side-car carrying Ms Hintz became detached from the motorcycle, sending it into the bushes.

 Fortunately, she was unhurt in the mishap, and after a short while her husband realized she was missing and returned for her.

 "He'd gone about two miles," she later recalled.

 A year later, after her husband had saved enough money, he sold the Harley Davidson and bought a car.

 Ms Hintz, who longed to make one more run, said she was convinced that her 1926 trip would be the last she would ever experience in a motorcycle side-car.

 She was wrong.

 Knowing of her wish, staff at Mahone Nursing Home where Ms Hintz resided pulled some strings and made her dream come true.

 At age 102, Ms Hintz took her first ride in a side-car in over 76 years, compliments of fellow motorcycle enthusiast Beth Penney of Springfield.

 After a short drive through Mahone Bay, the delighted Ms Hintz said it was just as she remembered, "only I wanted to go farther."

 This past July, that wish also came true when Ms Penney showed up at the home and took the now 103 year old on a much longer journey, through Lunenburg, Riverport and Bridgewater before returning to Mahone Bay.

 To make the experience even more special, Ms Penney brought along eight of her motorcycling friends whose bikes served as escorts for the occasion.

 Ms Hintz is survived by two half-sisters residing in Halifax as well as several nieces and nephews.

 Following visitation last Friday in Bridgewater, her remains were transferred to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where a graveside service was scheduled to be held at a later date.

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