2005-11-23 / Obituaries

Richard C. Barton, former councilman, founder of Center for Insurance

Bar ton Bar ton Richard C. Barton, 76, of Amherst, founder of Center for Insurance and a former Amherst councilman, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, after a brief illness.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. Barton was a great-great grandson of Army Maj. Benjamin Barton, a Western New York pioneer who built Barton Hill in Lewiston and co-founded the Porter Barton Company, a portage company that transported freight between the Upper and Lower Niagara Rivers from 1805 until construction of the Erie Canal.

Mr. Barton founded the Center for Insurance in 1966 following a career with the Travelers Insurance Company. He was a member of the Society of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters.

Mr. Barton also served as a councilman of Amherst for 16 years where he was instrumental in the building of the first Amherst Senior Citizen center and the Amherst Police headquarters. He attended Brown University and graduated from Canisius College.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bernadette Devine Barton; one son, Timothy B. Barton of Jacksonville, Fla., three daughters, Kathleen B. Riess of Longmeadow, Mass., Colleen B. Sutton of Arlington, Va., and Susan B. Haley of Arlington, Va.; a sister, Sister Helen O. Barton, SSJ, Clarence; a brother, James B. of Cadillac, Mich.; and six grandchildren.

Prayers were said Monday, Nov. 21 from Amigone Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial from Christ the King Church.

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