Peter Butler of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired auto technician and boat racing enthusiast, died Friday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 67.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore High School.
Mr. Butler worked several years as an automotive frame, body and paint technician, then later as a recreational vehicle sales and service representative for local dealerships, retiring in the mid-1990s.
He was a member of the American Power Boat Association, past commodore of Niagara Frontier Power Boat Association and a judge for the Clutch Artists Custom Car Show.
His hobby was building power boats and building and racing hydroplane boats. He won various honors and awards during 53 years of racing.
Mr. Butler also enjoyed doing custom paint work and restoring antique cars.
Survivors include his wife, the former Marguerite Dewyea; a daughter, Kimberly Roehner of the Town of Tonawanda; three sons, Scott of Amherst, Mark of the City of Tonawanda and Eric of the Town of Tonawanda; a sister, Susan Ricker of St. Paul, Minn.; two brothers, Blake of California and Timothy of Elma; and 11 grandchildren.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.