|In less than two weeks in February, 2021, The Williamsville Depot lost two wonderful men who have helped us in so many ways. Bob Lutot and Bill Barren have been part of the Williamsville Steering Committee for many years. They both were active in all of our events such as the Spaghetti and Pork Loin Dinners, and helped with Basket Raffles, Touch a Truck, Hay Rides, British Invasion Concerts, Cruise Nights and Train Shows. The WNYRHS extends their deepest sympathies and condolence’s to both families for their tragic loss. They will be greatly missed by everyone.|
|LUTOT - Robert E. : February 6, 2021, born in Jersey City, NJ. Beloved husband of Nancy (Soper) Lutot; dear father of Kimberly (John) Grochowski and Sean (Renee) Lutot; grandfather of Christopher, Kyle and Garrett; brother of Catherine Paznek and the late Fred Lutot; brother-in-law of the late Barbara Soper. Funeral Service was held on February 11th in the Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at GoFundMe.com. Search: Deliver the Diesel. Bob was an active member of Cleveland Heights Church, Northeast Region of the Christian Church, Food Pantry volunteer, dedicated supporter of the Williamsville Depot and a retired employee of the IRS.|
|Bob and his wife Nancy were long time members of our Steering Committee and he was essentially, the organizer of our annual Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser. He was always ready to assist in any way at all of our events; even to go so far as to "volunteer" to be a Hobo at our events for the last three years and stole the show with his quick wit and antics! He loved to dress up as "Boxcar Bob" and entertain the crowds at our Williamsville Depot events and easily sold raffle tickets with his charm.
Bob was a generous man who donated often and was known to pick up the tab for pizza after an event; when he was thanked for doing so, he would simply say, "just don't tell my wife!" But Nancy knew or suspected that he had done so and just smiled. He was also instrumental in organizing a "Go-Fund-Me" account as a means of raising money to "Bring home the Diesel."
|BARREN - William J. : Of Marilla, NY, entered into rest February 18, 2021 at the age of 70 due to complications from Covid-19. Loving husband of 38 years to the love of his life Mary (nee Frank); dear son of the late Robert and Thelma; brother of Michael (Kathy), Daniel and the late Robert. Bill had many hobbies and was a member of several clubs. He will be deeply missed by many friends and relatives. As his final wish, he donated his body to UB anatomical gift program. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Western New York Railway Historical Society at WNYRHS - Williamsville, 5074 Clearview Drive, Williamsville, New York, 14221.|
|Bill Barren was the "Steam engine that could." He was always there when you needed him. Bill was very generous with his time to help finish a project that needed financial support such as running the new underground electric line to the boxcar and caboose. He gathered donations to the garage sale, created baskets for raffles and filled up Erector Set kits for our silent auctions. You can tell by that smile and warm face that Bill was a terrific man. He was dedicated to the fund-raising work needed to bring a locomotive to Williamsville.|
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