Franklin C. “Buddy” Crist, Sr.

March 7, 1931 - June 8, 2017


Age 86, of Silver Lake, NY passed away on June 8, 2017 at the Batavia Veterans Administration Medical Center.

He was born March 7, 1931 in Warsaw, NY son of the late Franklin and Lucy Clark Crist. Along with his wife, Buddy owned and operated the Warsaw Dry Cleaners for forty-eight years. He was a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps having served during the Korean War. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Silver Lake Country Club. Buddy was a member of the Warsaw Kiwanis Club for many years and was active in and coached youth baseball. He was a loyal New York Yankees fan as well as a fan of the Buffalo Bills.

Buddy was a member of the Warsaw Fire Department and the Warsaw Volunteer Exempt Firemen as well as the Walter Klein Post of the American Legion in Warsaw. In the words of a tribute from his granddaughter; heaven gained a wonderful man. Rest easy Grandpa. He was blessed with a wonderful life. He lived his entire life at home with the love of his life; had a sound mind, was a business owner, avid golfer, amazing baseball player, Marine, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. I was truly honored to be his granddaughter. He will be missed.

Surviving are his wife of over sixty-five years, Norma Robinson Crist; his children, Clark (Mary) Crist of Warsaw, Cathy Crist Durfee of Pinellas Park, FL, Kim (Heidi) Crist of Colorado Springs, CO; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; his sister, Barbara Fuller of Warsaw; sister-in-law, Judy Hersha of Atlanta, GA; nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. The family held private services. Memorials may be made to the Wyoming County Joint Veterans Council, 26 Linwood Ave., Warsaw, NY 14569. Arrangements are being completed by Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, Warsaw.

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Jul 8.18 from Frances Robinson:
Crazy. Thinking of Buddy today. Realize it is one year of his passing. Last time I saw Buddy was at Norma, Judy, and my father’s gravesite in 2016. He was so kind to me that day. Couldn’t find my dad’s gravesite and there in a van ready to leave was this man who I flagged down and asked where Robinson was. He asked who I was and when I told him he hugged me and started telling me all about my dad and how kind he was to him even in high school when dad let him take his new convertible car to take my half sister out. He told me a lot that day. Asked if when he was at VA in Buffalo if he and Norma could stop at my home. Sadly it never happened. There is a special place in heaven for those who are kinder than necessary. To his children and grandchildren, sorry for your loss on the first anniversary. To my half sister
May God sustain you.

Jun 27.17 from Cathy Murdie:
Mary, Clark and Family,
So sorry for your loss. Clark/Mary, may you find peace in knowing that you have spent much quality time with him over the years, and in his last weeks were there every day to comfort him. There is a special peace when your dad knows how much you cared and you are able to have the opportunity to say all the things you want to before he left this world, and Natalie - what a special granddaughter you were. You will always be able to cherish your nightly visits in Florida.

Jun 17.17 from Holly (Matson) Granger:
Norma, Kim, Cathy and Clark and families:
I am thinking of you all and unfortunately understand what a sad time this can be. I hope you lean on each other and engage in all those wonderful moments that families are able to share and smile about.

Jun 16.17 from Janet stubley:
Clark and Mary and the whole Crist family,
I am so sad to hear this. Your dad was an amazing man! A smile that could heal any heart! Years of grooming Patches brought me to know and love your parents! He would always stop by my shop just to let me know they were back from Florida and just to have a pleasant conversation! He always spoke great words of Natalie and how proud he was of her! Norma, I am so sorry. You two made a stunning couple! Hold onto all the wonderful memories you have of him and he forever lives in each of your hearts! My deepest sympathy, Jan

Jun 14.17 from Monica Summers:
So sorry for your family loss....

Jun 13.17 from madelynn thayer:
I just read Buddys obituary. Norma,Clark and Mary entire family, my sincere sympathy. He was a warsaw fixture! will be sadly missed.

Madelynn Powers Thayer

Jun 13.17 from JOHN PATT:
Cathy, Kim, and Clark,
Sorry to hear about your dad. I haven't seen him in a long time. But I will never forget all the memories we had. He and your mother will always be two of my favorite people in the world. I hope you are all doing well. Take care of yourselves. You will be in my prayers.

Jun 12.17 from Mary Lou Hamm:
I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad - I ran into your parents at Home Depot in February and had a nice chat with them - both such truly nice people. Please know I am thinking about you..... Mary Lou Wellman Hamm

Jun 12.17 from Mary (Griffin) Young:
A family from my past that has left me with beautiful memories. Thanks to Bud (and Norma) for allowing me to be a part of your family and for helping my grandmother put food on the table. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.

Jun 12.17 from John Eisenhard:
To the Crist Family:
I grew up on South Maple Street. My brother and I would walk to the village park on Sundays and watch Buddy play on the town baseball team. What an amazing player. Smooth swinging left-hander and ALWAYS a gentleman. Still remember the day he put one over the track to the football field.
Great memories !!!!!

John Eisenhard

Jun 12.17 from kelly leitten:
sorry for your loss of your Dad. he will always be with you and your family through your memeories.
Kelly and Bob