TRANSFER, Pa. - Eric Warren Metz, 47, died on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in the Shenango River, having rescued his daughter and best friend from the water.
He was born on Oct. 27, 1966, in Warren, a son of Cheryl A. Manges and Charles W. Metz.
Eric was a 1985 graduate of Niles McKinley High School. Having been in Transfer since 2003, Eric was formerly of Greenville, Pa., Tennessee, Hubbard and Niles.
Eric served a four-year apprenticeship with the Heat and Frost Insulators Local 35 of Youngstown and was currently working for Local 3 out of Cleveland, having been in the union since 1987.
He was a longtime member of Shiloh Full Gospel Church of Girard.
Eric enjoyed hiking, canoeing, being outdoors, going to family gatherings and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Donald Manges; and paternal grandparents, Bert and Eulalah.
Survivors include his daughter, Alexandra G. Metz of Greenville, Pa.; his parents, Chuck and Cheryl Metz of McDonald; two brothers, Shawn C. Metz and Jason E. (Cathryn) Metz, both of Kinsman; maternal grandmother, Phyllis A. Manges of McDonald; his best friend, Victoria L. Metz of Greenville, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Shiloh Full Gospel Church, 1310 Shannon Road, Girard, OH 44420, with Pastor Nicholas Furrie officiating. Burial will follow in Niles City Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be made to the church.
The family would like to express deep gratitude to all those who came out and helped with the rescue and recovery of Eric. He was loved by everyone and will be sadly missed by his family and friends, but they feel that "their loss is Heaven's gain."
Service arranged by Baumgardner Funeral and Cremation Service of Kinsman, with an online guestbook available at www. baumgardnerfuneral homes.com.