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Robert F. Krefta, counseled alcoholics, drug addicts

Jan. 17, 1937 – Oct. 24, 2013

Robert F. Krefta, of Buffalo, who helped hundreds of alcoholics and drug addicts as a friend and counselor, died Thursday under hospice care in Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 76.

Born in Buffalo, he attended Buffalo State College. During the 1960s, he operated an antiques business in Allentown and directed plays for nonprofit organizations. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was a remodeling contractor.

In 1990, as Bob K., he began to work with people with substance abuse and mental health problems, responding to their calls day and night with his friend and assistant, Dave H., and helping them get medical treatment and rehab assistance.

He oversaw many four-step program workshops in Western New York and Ontario during the past 20 years. He was a past manager and board member at the Amity Club, a drug- and alcohol-free center.

Survivors include a son, Brian; a daughter, Lisa Lannan; and his longtime companion, Melveen Ray.

A meeting in his memory will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Amity Club, 340 Military Road at Hertel Avenue.