by Josh Lanier

If it had wheels, Jeremy Talbot Scheffer wanted to toy with it. If it was broken, he wanted to care for it.

“He was someone who was just drawn to someone who was picked on or who was left out,” his mother Jean Hoffman said. “If that person needed someone, Jeremy was the first person to be by their side. He was just one of the most caring people you could know.”

Scheffer, 28, of Huntersville, died on Dec. 1 in Mount Mourne when his motor scooter collided with a car around 9 p.m. at the intersection of N.C. 115 and Fairfiew Road. Nathaniel Dalton, of Mooresville, the driver of the car, was not injured. Police are still investigating the wreck.

Scheffer recently moved to Huntersville from New York to work at The Spirited Cyclist, and he made fast friends. It was his passion for bikes and extreme sports that endeared him to the cyclists around the area, his mother said.

On, a site dedicated to extreme sports, Scheffer posted:  “I love getting on something and teaching myself how to master it. From there I want to prove my abilities by competing.”

He was passionate about whatever he did, family said.

It was a passion he carried with him through his life. After graduating from North Davidson High School in 2000, Scheffer left for East Tennessee State University and then entered the U.S. Navy. After a brief stint in New York, he moved to the area to be closer to his family.

“At the wake and funeral, so many people came up to me to tell me how much he meant to them,” Hoffman said. “I didn’t realize how much of an impact he had, but that was just Jeremy. He could change your world by just being around you. He was a great man.”

He is survived by his mom and dad, Jack Scheffer, and his sister, Jillian Scheffer, Charlotte; and stepfather, Scott Hoffman.

A funeral was held Dec. 3 at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville.