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GRAVES, Howard "Bud"

GRAVES, Howard "Bud"

Graves - Howard "Bud" Ridgeway Ontario, Canada and Stuart, Florida: Howard "Bud" Barclay Graves Jr., age 94, died peacefully Saturday, April 16, 2016, surrounded by family. He was born August 17, 1921, to Howard Barclay Graves Sr. and Marjorie Thompson Graves in Buffalo, NY. He grew up at 85 St. James Place in Buffalo, NY, and was a 1940 graduate of Nichols School. He later attended the University of Buffalo, and the University of Toronto. He served his country in the United States Army, serving in the Pacific during WWII. As the war was ending, Bud worked with a small military team to accept the surrender from the Japanese on Miyako, Ishigaki and Erabu. Following the war, he was united in marriage to Nelle Struble Sanders, September 24, 1949 at Westminster Church. Bud lived an active life, and enjoyed playing tennis, sailing, power boating, walking and biking. After retirement he and Nelle became "snowbirds", spending winters in Florida and summers in Canada while making many friends along the way. He deeply loved his family and in his younger years he especially enjoyed caring for and playing with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Bertie Boating Club, and a life member of the Buffalo Canoe Club. Bud was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, NY, where he served as a Deacon and Elder. He is survived by his loving children, Catherine Ellen (Bruce) Brown, of Brewer, ME, Thomas Barclay (Margaret Shaw) Graves, of Hudson, NH and Ann Waring (Paul) Rutecki, of Madison, WI; grandchildren, Eric (Molly) Brown, Anna (Kurt) Osgood, Lucy (Steve) Kersting, Zoe Rutecki, and Nelle Rutecki; great-grandchildren, Sophie Virginia Brown, Baxter Bruce Brown, and Harlan Joseph Kersting. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Nelle. Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Bud's name to a public radio station of your choice. Please share your memories at

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