Howard C. "Choppy" McAllister Jr., a retired Kenmore Mercy Hospital employee, died Dec. 6 in Kenmore Mercy, Town of Tonawanda, after a long illness. He was 78.
Born in Hamburg, he was a graduate of Lancaster High School. A resident of Lancaster most of his life, he also lived in Buffalo and Kenmore. He was the painting foreman at Kenmore Mercy, retiring in 1990.
Mr. McAllister was a 40-year member of Lodge 1605, Loyal Order of Moose, in Lancaster. He coached for the Central Park Little League in Buffalo and enjoyed bowling and bingo.
Survivors include his wife, Pearl; four daughters, Deborah of Lancaster, Darcy Okonczak of Cheektowaga, Judith Marso of Holland and Susan Lux of East Concord; three sons, Howard III of Buffalo, William of Cumming, Ga., and Donald of Lake City, S.C.; two sisters, Shirley Westenfield and Betty Lewis; 16 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services were held Saturday, with burial in Lancaster Rural Cemetery.