WARREN - William Martin Emrich Jr., 59, known by friends and family in the bike community as ''Buffalo,'' lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
Bill was born Aug. 4, 1953, in Youngstown, the son of the late William M. Emrich Sr. and Mary G. Pascale.
He leaves behind his wife, soul mate, best friend and riding partner, Robin Emrich, with whom he celebrated just more than 30 years of joy and love.
Bill lived life to the fullest, traveling whenever possible on his Harley to many destinations throughout the United States.
In Southern California, Bill owned Wild Bill's Scooter Fixins, an after-market motorcycle shop. Bill reveled in the biker lifestyle and worked for Cycle Source Magazine to bring their publication to Ohio during its fledgling years. He truly enjoyed his time with the magazine and all the people he met from encounters associated with his endeavors.
He worked as a general contractor for years in Southern California, Colorado and Ohio, culminating his building experiences in the reconstruction of the Schafer farm house on North Park Avenue as a testament to his skills. Later, Bill ran a Web-based enterprise, The Nekid Cow, retailing motorcycle apparel and sundries.
Bill leaves behind his daughter, Shani Scheft of Troy, Ill.; stepsister, Bonnie Borgesen of Schaumburg, Ill.; four grandchildren, Jewell, Janae, Janelle and Harley Scheft; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Zac Szakacs.
A celebration of life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, with a brief 7 p.m. memorial service following. Cremation has taken place.