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87, passed away suddenly on February, 7, 2013 in Boynton Beach, Fl. He was born Feb. 23, 1925 in Braddock, Pa. He was married to Rita (McFarland), his wife for 64 years. He leaves behind 6 children, Karen Evanoka (John), James E., (Eileen), Robert C. (Marilyn), Richard A. (Jean) Daniel S. (Adria) and Dr. Carol Buzzard. He was grandfather to 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the 29th Infantry division and was a member of the 175th Battalion that entered France on Omaha beach a few weeks after D.-Day. He was wounded @ the battle of St. Lo in July 1944. Clay was honorably discharged in April 1945 and was awarded the Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal. Most recently, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal by the French government for his service in WW II.Clay graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris College in 1953. He went to work in the automotive parts industry, and in 1963 he acquired Middle Atlantic Warehouse, an automotive parts distributor, in Tonawanda, New York. He served on many boards, received numerous awards, and in 1996 he was the recipient of the Automotive Aftermarket "Leader of the Year" award. He was Chairman Emeritus of the A.W.D.A University Foundation.Clay lived an extraordinary and exciting life. He maintained a close relationship with many friends and industry leaders during his entire career Clay's brilliant spirit, kind heart and high integrity resonated in the business he loved and was felt by every person who worked with him. He had a passion for playing golf and gin rummy. He was a member of the Country Club of Buffalo, NY, and Quail Ridge Country Club, Boynton Beach, FL. He made a difference in all the lives he touched and the people he spent time with.He was a kind, passionate, hard working and charismatic person who brought people together and gave them the opportunity to succeed in business and in life.A memorial service will be celebrated in Buffalo, NY later this month.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Clay to one of these two charities:Disabled American Veterans Memorial ProgramPO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301www.dav.orgWounded Warrior ProjectPO Box 758516Topeka, KS 66675-8516www.woundedwarriorproject.orgBoynton Memorial Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory, Boynton Beach, is in charge of local arrangements.
Published by The Palm Beach Post from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2013.
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To the Buzzard Family, We are sorry to hear of Clays passing. Know you all are in our prayers. The Dowd Family
Charlie Dowd
February 24, 2013
Sincere sympathy to the Buzzard family on the loss of Clay. He was a true visonary who led the way for many others. He will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Chuck & Judy Reimel
February 19, 2013
It was a pleasure to know Clay. A true business man
and wonderful family man. Something rare in these
present days. He loved life and it showed.
The Ken Mitchell Family
February 16, 2013
To The Buzzard Families - I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Your Father was an incredible person! It was a pleasure to work for him. May your fond memories help you all through these difficult days. God Bless, Debbie Hoak
February 15, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the Buzzard and Evanoka families.
John & Natalie Santarsiero
February 15, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the entire Buzzard family
Jerry Broderick
February 15, 2013
Hand Salute Mr Buzzard this old Vet wants to thank you for your service.To the Family my deepest sympathies to you in your time fo sorrow. Your Dad was a true gentleman God bless you all.
Charles Goodspeed
February 15, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to all the Buzzard family. Clay was a wonderful man and always fun to be with.
Al and Lois Randaccio
February 14, 2013
Rita....Dolores and I always enjoyed being with Clay......Your day was always more enjoyable if Clay was part of it.....Our sincere condolences for your and everyone"s loss...George & Dolores Gaspari
February 13, 2013
All of the Hoeys thoughts and prayers are with the family. Share the memories and carry on that Buzzard Family love and caring. Ben and Barb Hoey
February 13, 2013
To the entire Clay Buzzard have our deepest sympathy. He was a very special man who left a wonderful legacy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Beverly and Glen Van Derzee
February 12, 2013
Our family will miss you Uncle Eddie! Love, Renee
Renee Miller
February 12, 2013
Dan, Adria and family our deepest sympathy.
Jake & Jan Pascuzzi
February 12, 2013
Dan, Adria and children, I am sorry for the loss of your Dad and Grandfather. I am thinking of you.
Connie Weber
February 12, 2013
Clay was a good man and a pleasure to see. Our condolences on your loss. We will miss him.
Robert and Eileen Fine
February 11, 2013
To the family of Clay Buzzard,
Our deepest sympathies. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. All your friends at Gates Corporation.
Rob Larsen
February 11, 2013
To the family of Clay Buzzard,
My deepest sympathy
Joanne Rappleyea (Iannello)
February 11, 2013
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