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.