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Troy Allen Burton, steelworker and father of Obama aide

Jan. 10, 1942 - Jan. 31, 2017

Troy Allen Burton, a Buffalo native and the father of Bill Burton, former deputy White House press secretary under President Barack Obama, died of natural causes in Fayetteville, N.C., on Jan. 31. He was 75.

Burton attended School 8 and Bennett High School. He later worked at Bethlehem Steel and then Pohlman Founder, where he retired after 31 years of work.

He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Buffalo as well as the Missouri Synod nationally.

His son Bill said his father cared deeply about politics and government. He enjoyed scripture, archeological history, music,

President Barack Obama greets Troy Allen Burton at a 2009 event in Lordstown, Ohio,, as Burton's son Bill -- deputy White House press secretary at the time -- looks on. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

fishing and family activities.

After his son served as national press secretary for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, Troy Burton attended Obama's 2009 inauguration and met the president at an event later that year in Lordstown, Ohio.

"The president said to him: 'I bet you must be so proud of your son, seeing him on TV speaking for the White House and the country'," Bill Burton recalled. "And my dad later emailed me, saying that while he was proud of me, what he wanted to say to the president was: 'I'm also pretty proud of you, son'."

Troy is survived by his wife, Lenora, and his children: Bill, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Steven, of Buffalo; Jeff, of Atlanta; and LaDoris, of Pueblo, Colo.

A funeral service will be held  3 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 26 Brunswick Blvd., Buffalo.

- Jerry Zremski

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