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Robert F. Sutton, noted quarterback, Cole’s bartender

Oct. 31, 1951 – March 17, 2016

Robert F. Sutton, a longtime bartender at Cole’s Restaurant on Elmwood Avenue, died March 17 at his residence in Buffalo after a brief illness. He was 64.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Sutton was a graduate of Kenmore West High School, where he was the quarterback of the 1969 championship football team, and earned all-league, all-state and national honors.

He attended Syracuse University on a full football scholarship.

Mr. Sutton began working at Cole’s in 1980.

He was a member of the Sheridan Park Golf Club in the Town of Tonawanda.

He is survived by a sister, Susan P. Grifasi; and two brothers, Frederick and Joseph.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Elmlawn Cemetery, 3939 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

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