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Alan T. Lee, 71, union steamfitter, musician, Vietnam veteran

Oct. 29, 1946 – Sept. 17, 2018

Alan T. Lee, of East Aurora, a union steamfitter, musician and Vietnam War veteran, died Sept. 17 in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 71.

Born in Buffalo, the son of a heating technician, he attended School 61 and was a 1964 graduate of Kensington High School. He joined Local 22, United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters, before enlisting in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

He trained as an aircraft mechanic and became a crew chief working on C-130 cargo planes. Deployed to airfields in Japan and Vietnam, he attained the rank of staff sergeant.

Returning from service, Mr. Lee worked for six months on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and later did work on the nuclear power plant in Oswego and on many projects for Mollenberg-Betz Inc. A skilled welder, he also taught welding in his union’s school for apprentices.

A drummer since he was a boy, he was a founding member of the band Ashford Junction and played with several East Aurora bands, including the Elderly Brothers and the Other Band.

An East Aurora resident since 1974, he also was a guitar player, singer and an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Darlene Gilroy; a son, Ronald A.; a daughter, Kristin J. Bermingham; a brother, Gary G.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sept. 24 in Comfort Funeral Home, 6469 Olean Road, South Wales.

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