Kaaher "Butch" Rafeek, a Buffalo truck driver, died unexpectedly Thursday in a friend's Buffalo residence. He was 53.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Rafeek grew up in West Valley and graduated from West Valley High School.
He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and later re-enlisted in the Reserves. In the mid-1970s, he settled back in Buffalo. He attended Bryant & Stratton for two years.
Mr. Rafeek was employed by Republic Steel, then worked as a truck driver for numerous companies. For the last nine years he drove a truck for Sunset Fruit & Vegetable Packing Co.
An outdoorsman, Mr. Rafeek enjoyed fishing, hunting and barbecuing. He also enjoyed betting on horses.
Mr. Rafeek was a member of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his wife, the former Karen "Renee" Trotter; his mother, Patricia Hobbs of Faison, N.C.; two daughters, Lillyette "Monique" Trotter and Yolanda Lee, both of Buffalo; two sons, Kaaher "Juice" Jr., and Cairo "K.C.," both of Buffalo; six sisters, Kadejah Rudolph of Rochester, Gwendolyn Dames and Shirley Hobbs, both of Lockport, Michelle Bryant of Olean, Crystal Birch of Faison, N.C., and Milika Hobbs of Virginia; two brothers, Percy Jr. of Gowanda and Ray Allen of Arizona; and nine grandchildren.
Services were held today in W.S. Davis Funeral Home, Arcade. Burial was in Jabalarabia Cemetery, Ashford.