Dec. 29, 1928 – Aug. 6, 2017
Alvin J. Roberts Sr. of Buffalo, a retired auto factory quality control inspector, died Aug. 6 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 88.
Born in Dallas, Ga., Mr. Roberts joined the Army in 1946 and was commissioned in the Quartermaster Corps in Hawaii.
After his service, he came to Buffalo, became a laborer at the Ford Stamping Plant in Woodlawn in 1950 and was promoted to quality control inspector. He retired in 1989 so he could help care for his newborn twin grandchildren.
Mr. Roberts was active in the United Auto Workers at the local and regional level. One of the founding members of the Woodlawn Auto Workers Federal Credit Union, he was the first African American to become vice president of the credit union. He also was co-chairman of the Credit Committee, a post he held for 38 years until his death.
He was the oldest member and treasurer of Club 55, a group of retired co-workers from the Ford plant.
A founding member of Stockbridge Block Club No. 2 and active in community affairs, Mr. Roberts was known as “the Mayor of Stockbridge Avenue.” He repaired bicycles and donated them to children in the neighborhood.
He was a former Boy Scout leader at Kensington Evangelical Lutheran Church, a coach for Kensington Boys Baseball in McCarthy Park and assisted in the youth hockey league at the Roosevelt Ice Rink.
A member of the American Bowling Congress for more than 50 years, Mr. Roberts bowled two perfect 300 games, competed annually in the Lilac City Tournament in Rochester and played in multiple leagues at Blasdell Lanes, Southside Lanes, Allied Lanes, Amherst Lanes and Thruway Lanes.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Margaret L. Alexander; a son, Alvin J. Jr.; a daughter, Catherine M.; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Ave.