Helping Disabled Veteran

Support grows for Weymouth shop helping disabled veteran

Several local merchants and residents have come forward to help a Weymouth auto-repair shop build a customized motorcycle for a partially paralyzed military veteran.

Employees at Factory Collision & Restoration, located on Route 53 in East Weymouth, expect to finish converting a Harley Davidson motorcycle into a specialized rider for James Crosby, 28, by the end of next week. Crosby, of Winthrop, is a retired Marine who was left paralyzed from the waist down after he was injured in a rocket attack in Iraq in 2004.

The bike’s restoration and conversion will come at no cost to Crosby. During the past two weeks, the shop’s owners, Rob DelGallo and his son, Tony, and some of co-workers have devoted hours after work to customizing Crosby’s motorcycle.

Tony DelGallo said his business has received numerous donations since The Patriot Ledger published a report about their work last Thursday. Donations of products or services have come from Advanced Finishing in East Weymouth, Park Avenue Market-Ace Hardware in South Weymouth, Frankenstein Trikes in Fairhaven and Mayo Designs in Weymouth. PPG, a paint manufacturer, is donating more than $2,000 in supplies, DelGallo said.

Also, DelGallo said two residents have donated $300 .

DelGallo said his shop’s Facebook page has attracted a flurry of new “likes” in recent days, and the shop has had more walk-ins than usual this week.

“I wasn’t going into this for any praise, but getting some is pretty nice,” DelGallo said. “My wife is pretty proud of me, so I like that, too.”

DelGallo’s wife is nine months pregnant, so he expects to be a father any day now.

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