Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Saw Mill Tavern 'biker bar' owner, philanthropist dies

Don Birch
Donald F. Birch, owner of The Saw Mill Tavern in Schenectady, died Tuesday at the age of 79.

Birch was well known for being an avid motorcyclist whose tavern, located at 501 South Avenue at North Jay Street. was popular with the biker community for nearly 40 years. 
For 31 years, Birch hosted free Sunday buffets there for those in need. He also organized annual Toys for Tots fundraisers that were known for the long line of bikes leaving The Saw Mill, and organized bike runs to raise money for homeless veterans and for the City Mission of Schenectady.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Glenville Funeral Home, 9 Glenridge Road. The funeral will be held there at 9 a.m. Monday home, and it is expected that motorcycles will be a prominent part of the procession to Parkview Cemetery on Monday for Birch's burial.
Go here for Birch's official obituary.

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