GLASSELL PARK — Tim DeMoss was a skilled welder and metal worker who also had a love for motorcycles. He rode them as well as re-fabricating old bikes and created new bike designs. But DeMoss’ Glassell Park workshop is silent these days after the Maryland native died in a collision late last month while riding his bike only a few blocks from his shop and home. Earlier this week, his Los Angeles friends gathered near his San Fernando Road shop to watch his Maryland memorial service on Skype. “He had the skill to turn an old, unused bike into something attractive and ususable,” according to his obituary. “Tim’s naturally creative mind never stopped designing yet an even better bike.”
DeMoss was riding his bike on Sunday, March 30 at about 12:30 a.m. when a Chevy minivan turned left in front of him near San Fernando Road and Cazador Street. DeMoss was pronounced dead at the scene, according to an LAPD spokesman. The driver of the van was found not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Clay Bush, who worked with DeMoss at Atlantis Motors in Silver Lake, said his friend was headed home when the collision took place. DeMoss died only two days before his 30th birthday.
People are encouraged to donate to Ace of Hearts, a bulldog rescue group where DeMoss got his dog, Henry. In addition, the industrial arts compound where DeMoss’ shop is located will honor his memory by hanging a photo of DeMoss and Henry in a new cafe planned for the complex, Bush said.