Ezekiel Polite, a member of the Afro Dogs motorcycle club, died unexpectedly Monday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 48.
A native of Savannah, Ga., he moved to Buffalo with his family in 1959. He was a graduate of Woodlawn High School.
A motorcycle enthusiast, he joined the Buffalo Chapter of Afro Dogs in 1983 and was a national lieutenant. He and fellow club members developed the organization into a symbol of family support, brotherly love and community involvement.
He worked various jobs, mostly as a trucking service technician. At the time of his death he was on disability.
A practical joker, he also enjoyed telling animated stories. Mr. Polite enjoyed fishing at the foot of Ferry Street on Sunday morning with his sons and grill duty at family barbecues.
Survivors, all of Buffalo, include six sons, James "E.J." Davis, Thomas Hall, Ezekiel Jr., Solomon, Malcolm Yarbough and Tremaine Yarbough; a daughter, Siatta Davis; two brothers, William Capers and David; two sisters, Gwendolyn Woods and Hermetta; his mother and stepfather, Bernice Polite-Fisher and James Fisher; his life companion, Stephanie Hall; and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in Elim Christian Fellowship, 25 Central Park Plaza. .