Albert H. Hurst Sr., a retired foundry foreman and school custodian who was a veteran of World War II, died Saturday in Mercy General Hospital, Muskegon, Mich., after a brief illness. He was 87.
A longtime resident of Niagara County, he was born in Gadsden, Ala., and attended Gadsden High School. He served in the Army as a staff sergeant during the war and saw combat in the Philippines.
Mr. Hurst moved to Buffalo in 1947, Wheatfield in 1952 and North Tonawanda in 1972.
He worked as a foundry foreman at Buffalo Pipe & Foundry for 33 years, retiring in the early 1970s. In 1974, he started work as a custodian at Starpoint Central High School in Pendleton, retiring in 2001 after 27 years of service.
Mr. Hurst was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in North Tonawanda. He moved to Muskegon in 2004 to be closer to a son, Albert H. III.
Surviving in addition to that son are another son, Phillip W. of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Lorene West of Buffalo; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be private, with burial in Crossville, Tenn.