Weekly Feature

2013-12-11 / Obituaries

Herbert C. Hodge, NFTA bus driver

Herbert C. Hodge, 84, of Tonawanda, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

Mr. Hodge was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War.

He worked as a newspaper deliveryman for the Buffalo Courier Express and was a Peace Bridge toll operator before beginning his career at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Mr. Hodge was proud to work the day’s first bus for Route No. 11, on Colvin Boulevard. He took pride in helping younger bus operators make selections of bus lines and in assisting as an instructor for new bus operators.

For many years, he operated charter buses to Buffalo Bills games at War Memorial Stadium and later to Rich Stadium in Orchard Park.

His favorite sport was baseball, and one of his greatest joys as a youth was attending games at Offermann Stadium and watching games with his boyhood friends, Fred Pepperday and Teddie Wyatt, from patios on Woodlawn Avenue.

His only child, Kevin, was a Buffalo Bisons batboy and is a former assistant clubhouse manager at War Memorial Stadium and later Pilot Field.

When Pilot Field opened, Mr. Hodge and his wife were season ticket holders in Section 102 and never missed a game for several seasons.

In addition to his son, Mr. Hodge is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty (nee Seitz), and one sister, Jane.

A funeral was held Dec. 4 from Wedekindt Funeral Home.

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