Kent resident Emery Jim Beres Sr. recently celebrated his 90th birthday with more than 50 family members and friends. The party, held at Ottos Restaurant in Brimfield, was hosted by his daughter, Jo Ann Hertzig of Suffield, and his wife, Alice Beres.
Among those celebrating were his grandchildren, step-great-grandchild and their families, who made four generations of karaoke songsters along with many friends.
Jim has four children, Jimmy Jr. of Norton, Helen Roudebush of Barberton, Gabe Beres of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jo Ann Hertzig of Suffield. He has seven grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. Jims first wife, Josephine, died in 1982.
Jim was born to Emery and Katherine Beres on March 17, 1913 during the flood in Dover. Jim became a bakers apprentice at age 12, delivering bread on his bicycle in Hungary. During the Great Depression, he worked his fathers farm in Peninsula. He built tires at B.F. Goodrich in Akron during World War II.
He entered bike races in Europe and the United States. He won a Budapest to Vienna 200-miler four times and won his first American trophy for a Quebec to Montreal race.
Owner of Jims Bike Shop in Akron for 55 years, he ran a bicycle club out of his shop. He trained competition bicyclers from around the country and was a member of the Cleveland Wheelmen for 45 years.
Jim raced twin-engine go-carts all over Ohio for 10 years. He won a long-mileage enduro go-cart race at Mid-Ohio sports car course at age 60. He was one of the founders of the Akron Karting Club in 1960, which is still in existence today.
Jim was still actively cycling until he had a stroke four years ago, from which he has made a remarkable recovery and hopes to be cycling again some day. In the meantime, he spends time with his wife and friends at Kentway Senior Center, sings karaoke, dances, plays bingo and loves country music.