MILAN - "He was a fun guy and liked to have a good time."
That's how many will remember local realtor Thomas A. Shaffoe, of Milan, who was killed Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle accident on Ohio 13.
Shaffoe, 62, of 13509 Jeffries Road, was pronounced dead at 4:49 p.m. at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Troopers with the state Highway Patrol's Sandusky post said Shaffoe was driving north when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and his 2007 Harley-Davidson Electraglide went off the right side. The bike overturned and hit a bush.
Shaffoe was not wearing a helmet. It's unknown if he was ejected from the bike.
The crash happened about 4:20 p.m. near Alpine Trail in Erie County. Troopers said speed and alcohol aren't believed to be factors in the crash that remains under investigation.
"I worked with Tom back in the last 70s when I first started," local Realtor Jay Ewell said about Shaffoe. "He and Jerry Leto had a company and there was a number of us who worked for him.
"Tom was a nice guy and a heck of a salesman. He was fun guy and liked to have a good time.
"We'll miss him. I feel bad for Carol (his wife). She is a good lady."
Local Realtor Mike Myers goes way back with Shaffoe during their days together at St. Paul.
"He was a tackle on our (St. Paul) football team in high school," Myers said. "He was a good, aggressive player then, too."
Shaffoe graduated in 1963, while Myers graduated in 1964.
"He was a good-sized fella who could make a hole in the line," Myers said. "We were a pretty good team in 1963."
Myers said Shaffoe made a real impact as a businessman in the area. His latest venture was Hunter's Glen condominiums.
"I remember that he definitely had an affect on real estate in our area," Myers said. "He was a strong salesman. He was very active his whole life.
"His death definitely will have an effect. The last couple of years he spent a lot of time with his development on Whittlesey.
"The single-floor condos are a big thing right now."
Another local Realtor, Bob Whitacre, said it was Shaffoe who got him into the real estate business full-time.
"It just makes me sick," Whitacre said. "He was a friend, that's for sure. He and I had a lot of fun over the years. "
Whitacre said Hunter's Glen was Shaffoe's shining moment.
"That was always his lifelong dream," Whitacre said. "He used to always talk about that to me. He said this area was ready for something like that and he got it done."
A brief obituary appears on page A-3. A complete obituary will appear Tuesday.