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Abner Barton "Bud" McMaster died peacefully March 8th, 2014, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's, at Sunrise Assisted Living.
Bud was born Feb. 12, 1927 to Dr. Louis and Jesse Puritt McMaster.
Bud graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School where he excelled at baseball and football. Immediately following graduation from high school he joined the Air Force and served in WWII
, being stationed in Guam. After the war Bud and many of his high school teammates matriculated at Centre College of Kentucky. At Centre they made up the bulk of the baseball and football teams, and they remained lifelong friends.
Bud spent his entire business career in the insurance business. He was a founding partner of HMM Insurance of Fairview, and later served as national president of the Professional Insurance Agents of America.
Bud was actively involved in many community organizations. He served as King Lion of the Fairview Lions Club, president of the Fairview Jaycees, a deacon of the Fairview Presbyterian Church, and was a charter member of the Erie Runners Club. Bud was also an active member of Lake Shore Country Club and the Aviation Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan McMaster of Louisville, Kentucky; his two sisters, Ettalou Cain of Pittsburgh and Alice Dean of Tucson; and a grandson, Brennan McMaster.
He is survived by his four children, Jane McMaster Thorton of Erie, Pa. and her husband, David, Peter McMaster and James McMaster of Fairview Pa., and Chris McMaster and his wife, Sally Castleman of Park City, Utah. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Annie McMaster of Philadelphia, Mary McMaster of State College, Pa., Matt McMaster and Nick McGinty of Charleston, S.C., Melissa McMaster of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren, Cate and Quinn McGinty.
No calling hours will be observed. The family will celebrate his life privately at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.
Memorials may be made in Bud's name to the
of Northwestern PA, 110 West 10th St., Erie, PA 16502.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 9, 2014