William A. Wutz III, who served as Williamsville's deputy mayor during his two terms as village trustee, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 71.
Mr. Wutz was unopposed when he was elected to the Village Board in 1995 and 1999 on the Harmony Party ticket. He served until he was defeated in his bid for a third four-year term in 2003.
The namesake of one of the village's most dedicated volunteer firefighters, he was the only one of three sons who did not follow in his father's footsteps. As a trustee, however, he became a fire commissioner.
He also was a member of the Williamsville Zoning Board and Planning Board and served on the Town of Amherst Ethics Committee. He was a zone leader for the Republican Party in Amherst.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1957 graduate of Williamsville South High School and served as a medic in the Air Force, attaining the rank of airman first class. He then earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University at Buffalo.
Mr. Wutz worked at Westinghouse in production and human resources, then as a union representative. When the plant closed, he held various jobs, then attended Erie Community College and became a certified alcoholism counselor.
He joined the staff of the substance abuse unit at Erie County Medical Center and worked at ECMC's downtown clinic. He also was the hospital's drug court coordinator and helped set up drug courts in Amherst and Cheektowaga. After he retired in 2004, he was called back to help establish a drug court in Clarence.
He was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, where he was chairman of the Cemetery Committee and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Committee. He also was a seventh-degree member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Gregory the Great Church.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Linda M. Burns; two daughters, Jennifer Wutz-Lopes and Meredith Wutz-Torres; and two brothers, Michael P. and Thomas J.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.