Ellicottville, NY – William L. Barrett , 83, of Ellicottville, NY passed away Monday May 15, 2017 at his home.
He was born December 3,1933 in Buffalo, NY the son of the late James”Bud” and Sarah (Llingl) Barrett.
Mr. Barrett was a Korean War Veteran having served in the US Marine Corps. He owned and operated The Birdwalk Restaurant in Ellicottville, NY since he started it in 1970. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing.He also started The Birdwalk Regatta and also helped getting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to perform at Holiday Valley every summer.
In 1988 he married the former Laurie Anderson who survives.
Besides his loving wife he is survived by a son Wade (Tina) Barrett of Ellicottville, NY and 2 stepsons Michael(Sarah) Caputi of Interlaken, NY, and USMC Ret. Derek (Jacqueline) Caputi of Portland, OR, and 2 step daughters: Dawn Caputi of Cleveland, OH and Jessica Caputi of Olean, NY, and 9 grandchildren Liza, Shauna, Saeanna, Joshua, Naomi, Laurie, Anthony, Cameron and Alex and 4 great grandchildren.Also surviving is a brother James Barrett of Tomball, TX and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife Gwendolyn.
A Celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 1pm-5pm at The Birdwalk Restaurant, 5816 Rte 242, East Ellicottville, NY 14731.
Memorials may be made to the Rotary Foundation for Youth/Family support of Ellicottville.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mentley Funeral Home Inc. 411 Rock City Street Little Valley, NY.