Cindy Rutherford, who owned Century Motorcycles on Pacific Coast Highway in San Pedro, died November 8 after a two-year-long fight with cancer. Anybody who ever crossed paths with Ms. Rutherford knows cancer must have cheated.
Her father, William “Wild Bill” Cotton, founded Century in 1962. He was a sometime boxer and racer who started riding motorcycles in 1919 and she was one of his 14 children. She began working in his shop while she was still attending San Pedro High School and took over the business when her father died in 1993. Ms. Rutherford had him cremated and his ashes still reside in the shop’s showroom where they have presided over Century’s well known Christmas and Fathers Day parties. Century specializes in classic British motorcycles but they will work on any bike.
Cindy Rutherford was a colorful and eccentric character in a world that is becoming increasingly conformist. She never censored herself. She was fond of sidecars, firemen’s hats, pink tutu’s and, in her final years, medical marijuana and black tee-shirts with the slogan “fuck cancer.” People who didn’t give a damn about motorcycles followed her battle with the disease on her Facebook page.
Cindy Rutherford was born February 27, 1946, in Birmingham, Alabama. She is survived by said her long time partner Mike Gaffney; her sons Tim Parrish and James Floyd; her sister Boots Knowles; and her German Shepherd Girldawg.
Her remains will be cremated and placed next to her father’s.
Cindy Rutherford was 66-years-old. The world was her Burger King. She had it her way.
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