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Patrick M. Butterson, longtime CSX engineer; Sept. 21, 1963 -- June 20, 2012

Patrick M. Butterson of Getzville, a longtime CSX Transportation locomotive engineer in Buffalo and president, board member and coach of the Tonawanda Football Clinic, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 48.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Butterson graduated from Kenmore West High School in 1981 and married the former Karen Ralston in September.

He worked as a locomotive engineer at CSX for 24 years and prided himself on calling in sick only once.

Mr. Butterson joined the Tonawanda Football Clinic as a board member five years ago and went on to serve as president. He also was a coach for the Tonawanda Braves football team until becoming ill.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Katie and Megan; a son, Danny; his parents, Ronald and MaryJane "DiRe"; and three sisters, Colleen Zydel, Elizabeth Whitmer and Cheryl Kerling.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

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