Steven Kretchmer dies in motorcycle accident

Jewelry designer Steven Kretchmer of Palenville, N.Y., was killed in a motorcycle accident July 8. Kretchmer was widely known for his work as a metallurgist as well as a jewelry designer.

Woodstock, N.Y., police said Kretchmer, 52, was coming around a curve on New York State Route 212 Saturday at 1:40 p.m. when his motorcycle struck a car that was turning around in the road, the Daily Freeman in Kingston, N.Y., reports. Kretchmer was transported by ambulance to Benedictine Hospital in Kingston where he was pronounced dead.

Police cited the driver of the car, James Houston, 85, of Beacon, for failure to yield the right-of-way, the publication reports. Neither Houston nor his passenger, whom police identified only as his wife, was injured.

Police reportedly said Kretchmer was wearing proper safety equipment at the time of the accident.

Kretchmer’s signature platinum designs often featured tension-set diamonds and gems, inlaid gold, and, most recently, a secret formula of magnetic platinum that appeared to float. His metallurgical work also produced other discoveries, including purple and blue gold.

He is survived by his wife, Alma, and daughter, Claudia, both of whom are involved in Kretchmer’s jewelry design business.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Sunday, July 16 at Lasher Funeral Chapel, 100 Tinker Street, Woodstock, N.Y.

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