1982 – 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. — Paul E. Labbe Jr., died in December in Georgia.

Born on Memorial Day, May 31, 1982, he was the beloved son of Holly (Card) and Paul E. Labbe Sr., of Harpswell. Paul Jr. attended Longfellow School and Brunswick Junior High, and graduated from Brunswick High School in 2001. Paul also excelled at Vocational Region 10 in outdoor power mechanics, while wondering why a diploma was needed. He attended the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., finishing with top honors. After vocational training, Paul returned to Maine and resumed work in the family business, Ray Labbe and Sons, where with his combined 10-year career there, he excelled to manager of Brunswick pit operations.

In Paul’s youth, he began motocross racing at the age of 4. Later, he found his passion in life wrenching for several riders at the professional level in Supercross/Motocross racing. He started his professional career wrenching and training at Chandler Lindsey, based in Mebane, N.C., racing across the southern states. He also trained and wrenched for professional rider David Buller, traveling up to 15,000 miles per month in the Sprint van from Florida, Texas, Toronto and Tennessee to Southwick Mass., where Holly, Paul Sr. and Jr. shared that track’s final race. BRAAAP!

During off time, Paul took pleasure in building Honda motorcycles and cars. He also enjoyed helping independently sponsored AMA amateur Motocross/Supercross racers. Paul’s impeccable smile and knowledge boosted confidence in young riders, earning him respect from his peers young and old alike. Through the AMA, Paul especially took pride in wrenching at Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Championship in Tennessee, helping upcoming riders in need — his true passion! In his youth, Paul was often found affixing any type of motor to any frame, push cart or bicycle he could procure and then generously shared his contraptions with friends.

Paul Jr.’s passion recently led him to Farren Racing, based in Atlanta, Ga., providing him the opportunity to wrench for AMA amateur racers No. 176, Joey Savatgy; No. 62, Jordan Smith; No. 479, Andrew Maroney; No. 40, Brandon Hartranft; and No. 172, Hannah Hodges, age 15, recent winner of the Mini o’s AMA Female Championship and finalist for Female Rider of the Year. BRAAAP!

Paul is leaving behind his beloved parents; sister, Misty and her son, Camdyn; his brother, Aaron and faithful companion, Honda; maternal grandmother, Hilda Card; paternal grandmother, Madeline Labbe McMahan and her husband, Mac “Daddy;” and many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends and mentors, including Dave Waters and family of Phoenix, Ariz.

“May Your Tank Always Be Full Of 97 Octane and Your V-Tech Always POP As Hard As Possible. BRAAAP !” — Paul Jr.

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