PLATTSBURGH - Cody Sarbou, a 2007 graduate from Saranac High School, was known for living life to the fullest.
Cody passed away after an automobile accident in Saranac July 24, at the age of 21. A wake was held in his memory July 28 at Brown's Funeral Home.
According to Cody's mother Joy Sarbou-Jubert, the owners of the funeral home said more than 700 people turned out for Cody's wake, more than they had ever seen at a service in the past. During visiting hours, Joy was able to hear the numerous stories people had of Cody.
"I always knew he was a good boy," Joy said, "but the people coming through the line. What they were saying to me ... it's good to have people know that."
To honor Cody, an estimated 35 motorcycles turned up for calling hours at 6 p.m. in a memorial bike ride set up by Shawn Wood, Cody's best friend since second grade.
"We lived and breathed riding," said Wood, who rode Cody's bike to the funeral home, along with Cody's younger sister Anna Sarbou. "Anything to be done together, it was always me and him. We got Best Buds for senior class."
"It definitely was an emotional thing for me," Anna said after the bike ride, which began in Redford. "The very first time I had been on one was when my brother first got his bike. The very first time he brought me. Ever since then, I loved to be riding bikes with Shawn and Cody both. I was with my brother 24/7."
Following Cody's death, Wood asked Joy if he could keep Cody's motorcycle, "because that's all I have left of Cody," Wood explained.
"She loved it," Wood said. "They wanted me to have the bike."
Now an official bike ride is being planned to honor Cody and to raise money for a scholarship in his name.
Joy said she's planning on having the ride set for the last Sunday in September, with the route heading toward Wilmington Knot - One of Cody's favorite places - and going through Silver Lake, which the family saw as their second home.
"We're going to set up a scholarship at Saranac School," Joy explained. "It's not going to be a scholarship for the kids that get the 4.0 average and not for the kids that get all the financial aid and all that help."
The plan is to figure out an income range for families whose child may have a hard time receiving financial aid, and who didn't make the grades to receive other scholarships.
"They can get into school, but the school doesn't offer much because their grades aren't quite as good," Joy said, "but they want to go to school. Cody was always for the underdog."
In the future, Joy plans to hold the bike ride around Cody's birthday, July 11. If interested in this year's ride, contact Joy at 236-4330 or her friend Lidia Mooney at 643-0257. The plan is to have the ride be $10 per bike and $5 per passenger. There will also be T-shirts made and a video of Cody for $5.
"A lot of people thought he was this big troublemaker, big partyer, big drinker," Anna said, "but deep down Cody was the most sensitive, good-hearted kid anyone could imagine. He was there for anyone. Even if it wasn't his friend, he'd be there for anybody. He helped everyone and touched a lot of people's hearts."