Carol Centric described her husband Paul as “a very strong person.”
She said the two were high school sweethearts who met at Boardman High School. They had been married 42 years Nov. 8, she said.
“He was my rock,” she said.
Centric, 61, of North Ridgeville, died Saturday night after his motorcycle was struck by a station wagon in the intersection of Second Street and Gateway Boulevard in Elyria.
Centric’s motorcycle entered the intersection on a flashing red light, according to the crash report. The station wagon, driven by Jason Wiley, 31, of Elyria, had a flashing yellow light.
Centric is survived by his son Paul Centric, of Hilliard, and daughter Jennifer Dieterle, of Aurora. He also had five grandchildren.
“He had a big heart,” she said. “He loved his grandkids”
Centric got his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Youngstown State University and worked as a computer consultant for Elite Technologies in Beachwood.
Centric was an avid golfer and enjoyed woodworking as well, his family said.
He was also a member of the barbershop chorus, the Elyria Cascade Chordsmen, for more than 20 years.
“He was always singing around here,” Carol Centric said.
In a story about the group published in The Chronicle-Telegram, Paul Centric said he joined the chorus when he was 36.
“I wish I joined when I was younger,” he said in January 2007. “Not everyone can do this, but I have a lot of fun singing to the best of my ability.”
The family will receive friends 6 to 9 p.m. today at David Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home and burial will be at Fields Cemetery in North Ridgeville, according to Centric’s obituary.
Friends can leave condolences at www.davidbognerfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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