Alfred B. Butts, who served in Germany with the U.S. Army, died Monday in Veterans Administration Western New York Health Care Center after a brief illness. He was 53.
The Buffalo native served as an altar boy in several area Catholic churches and was a Boy Scout. He graduate from East High School and also attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years until his honorable discharge in 1979. He lived briefly in San Jose, Calif., where he worked as a baggage handler for United Airlines, before returning to Buffalo.
Known as "Bernie," Mr. Butts also worked as a postal carrier, a manager at Sears, Roebuck & Co., an assembly worker for Nabisco Corp. and a mental-health counselor at the psychiatric unit of Buffalo General Hospital.
Surviving are his mother and father, Nettie L. and Alfred Jr. of Buffalo; a brother, Timothy A. of Hoboken, N.J.; and five sisters, Joyce A., Jessie D., Debra Hennigan, Cynthia M. Butts-Williams and Denise R., all of Buffalo.