Elsol C. Weaver, 82, a retiree of Republic Steel, died Thursday in the Veterans Affairs Home in Batavia.
A native of Tipton, Tenn., who attended local schools through the 10th grade, he was a Navy veteran of World War II.
After moving to Buffalo in 1967, Mr. Weaver was employed at the Statler Hilton Hotel and then Republic Steel, from which he retired in 1984.
He lived in Buffalo's Central Park Plaza neighborhood until moving into the VA home about seven months ago.
A gardener and landscaper, he also was considered by family and friends as an expert at barbecue -- specializing in ribs and pork shoulder -- and his barbecue sauce was a secret recipe. Before he died, Mr. Weaver passed on that secret recipe to a family member, one of his granddaughters recalled.
His wife of 42 years, Thelma Thomas-Hayes, a Tennessee native, died in 2001.
Survivors include five sons, Gregory Weaver of Buffalo, Rickey Weaver, Malachi Hayes, and Oscar Hayes, all of Milwaukee, and Michael Smith of St. Louis; three daughters, Alpina H. Taylor of Amherst, and Barbara Moore and Elaine Hill, both of Milwaukee; two brothers, Earl of Nashville, Tenn., and Leonard of Chicago; three sisters, Valerie, Yvonne and Gloria, all of Chicago; 19 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Services were held today in Dayspring Church of God of Prophecy. Burial was in Forest Lawn.