Andrew "Bud" Darnley, 74, the founder of Atlas Elevator Co. in the Town of Tonawanda, died Saturday (March 28, 1998) in his Stieg Road home after a long illness. He was under the care of Niagara Hospice.
Since 1986, Darnley spent winters in Holiday, Fla.
He was born in Derry, Pa., and moved to Buffalo in 1943, taking a job at Buffalo Drop Forge Co.
Two years later, he began his elevator career when he joined Warsaw Elevator Co. as a mechanic. He later worked for Otis Elevator Co. for 10 years. In 1974, he founded Atlas Elevator, which his family still operates.
He was a member of Local 14, International Union of Elevator Constructors; Adams Fire Company; Lodge 1411, Fraternal Order of Eagles, North Tonawanda; and Lodge 1429, Loyal Order of Moose, Holiday.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Sybil R. Conk; five sons, Andrew Jr. of Queensbury, Richard L. of Grand Island, Thomas D. of Leavenworth, Kan., Robert D. and Kenneth R.; two daughters, Penny Darbley of Holiday and Susan M. Darnley Siegmann; a brother, William of Tampa, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Rhoney Funeral Home, 5893 Hoover Road, Sanborn. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.