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RIP Mr Pump - 1932-2014

Internet personality Mr.Pump, 82, known for his humor, kindness, wisdom and love of everything YouTube, has broken through to the other side. The beloved cameraman for the BikemanforU Channel was born June 18, 1932. Joseph Birk, Jr., died Oct. 22, 2014 at home with his family after a short illness. The BikemanforU family wishes to thank East End Hospice in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, NY. http://www.eeh.org


The CFO and co-founder of Bike 'n Kite Ltd., blessed with a compassionate understanding of the human spirit, was also a passionate gardener who grew herbs, vegetables and flowers on every patch of earth at the family bike shop in Westhampton Beach, NY. A chef extraordinaire, he prepared daily lunches for the shop crew, and loved sharing stories and recipes both in the local community and online.

Mr. Pump's message is simple: Make the most of what we have. For generations of kids who learned to ride under his kindly tutelage it meant “Hold onto the handlebar. Look at the horizon. Now, pedal like fury!” Mr. Pump's legacy includes kindness, generosity, and wisdom. Those of us fortunate enough to have known Joseph Birk, Jr. are better for it.

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