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Jax Bicycle Service Manager Schraff Dies

Published August 8, 2008

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Jax Bicycle service manager Joe Schraff died on August 4. The 38-year-old was diagnosed with cancer in 2004.

“The guy had a super strong work ethic,” said John Haywood, general manager of Jax Bicycle Huntingon Beach store, where Schraff worked at. “The guy was always on it.”

Haywood had known Schraff, who was an avid mountain biker, for about four years. The two would ride their dirt bikes in the desert together.

Schraff had worked at Jax for more than 10 years, where he was considered a “perfect leader” in the service department, always being stern but fair.

“He definitely got the guys respect,” Haywood said.

He loved not only bikes, but music as well, having played bass in several local bands including Travolta, Karate Kids and The Distraction.

“He affected a lot of people,” Haywood said. “I’m going to miss his friendship.”

His wife, Vennice (pictured), and the family request donations in lieu of flowers be made to www.calparks.org/donations. The California State Park Foundation funds and supports trail maintenance and keeping the trails open.

Schraff’s family and friends are gathering to celebrate his life tomorrow night at Huntington Beach’s Old World Restaurant. The address is 7561 Center Avenue #49.

—Jason Norman

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