Oct. 3, 1938 – June 20, 2016
Robert M. Kruger, of East Amherst, a banker, stockbroker and addiction counselor, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 77.
Born in Williamsville, he attended Nichols School on a football scholarship and played on the basketball team. He went on to post graduate studies at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he played football and majored in English. He graduated from Colgate University, where he studied English and history.
After graduation, Mr. Kruger was hired as a stockbroker by Seymour Knox III at Dominick & Dominick and went on to become a vice president at M&T Bank. In the early 1970s, he was hired to start a countywide program for impaired physicians and attorneys. He later established Employee Assistance Programs for numerous companies and organizations, including the Williamsville School District.
He went on to help others with addiction problems through his private practice in Robert M. Kruger & Associates.
He was a former board president of St. Rita’s Home and the Cantalician Center, the Eating Disorders Association of Western New York and local chapters of the Epilepsy Association and the Epilepsy Foundation.
He was a former board member of the Ransom Oaks Community Corp. and the local chapter of the American Heart Association. He was a longtime member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Gam-Anon, a support group for Gamblers Anonymous. He also was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Mr. Kruger collected rare books and enjoyed golf, fishing and boating. He also entertained friends with the harmonica.
Survivors include his wife, the former Patsy Cunningham; a daughter, Kelly Hayes-Raitt; and a sister, Carol Larson.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. July 2 in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive at Hopkins Road, Amherst.