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.
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.
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