The Rev. Philip M. Busch had three loves in his life: his wife, for whom he would leave love notes, photography and preaching.
Mr. Busch, 53, of West Seneca, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He had a natural ability for photography, said his wife, Roberta "Robyn" M. Busch.
A graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, he usually could be found with a camera in his hands. He worked for several studios over 30 years, including Olan Mills, and loved to take pictures of his family, including his five grandchildren.
Mr. Busch, an evangelical minister, started preaching when he was 18.
"He knew the Bible," his wife said.
He was licensed through the United Christian Church and Ministerial Association and was the pastor at churches in Texas and Elmira.
Mr. Busch was devoted to his wife, often leaving coffee and a note for her on her bedside table.
"I'll never find another one like him," his wife said.
He was a native of Macomb, Mich. He later graduated from Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School in Pennsylvania. He served in the Army from 1972 to 1975. He was particularly interested in the history of World War II.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Forrest Hurrelbrink; a daughter, Leandra Harlow; his mother, Veronica Vaczi; his father, Merle L.; three sisters, Gail Pipher, Terri Renfrew and Connie McQuirk; and a brother, Charles.
A service will be at 8 p.m. today in Curtin Funeral Home, 1340 Union Road, West Seneca.