Backus Gatas

Backus Gatas

Saturday, November 19th, 1955 - Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
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Backus Gatas, 63, of North Tonawanda on March 6, 2019 after a long illness. Beloved father of Kayla (Mark Simpson) Gatas. Dear triplet brother of Joseph Gatas and Marie (Garrett) Whittall, and Michael (Olga) Gatas, Bud (Gail) Gatas and Remonda Nowosielski. He was best friend to Mario Gregori and Jim “Fin” Finsterbach. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends received by the family on Sunday 4-8 p.m. at the Brunner Funeral Home, 156 Robinson St., North Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa on Monday morning at 9:30. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Backus worked for many years at Acacia Park Cemetery. After retirement he worked in landscaping for Frank’s Landscaping and then on his own. He loved to golf, fish and play horseshoes with his friends.

The family requests that memorials be made to help with funeral expenses.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 10th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, March 10th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Brunner Funeral Home
    156 Robinson Street
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  • Service

    Monday, March 11th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Monday, March 11th, 2019 9:30am
    Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish
    57 Center Street
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    Rev. Gary Szczepankiewicz
  • Interment

    Mt. Olivet Cemetery
    4000 Elmwood Avenue
    Kenmore, NY 14217
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James Finsterbach

Posted at 11:08am
To the Gatas family- I’m honored that you mentioned me, it made me cry. Backus was a true friend thru thick and thin, truly my brother. I’ll never forget him, he’s a part of me. He will be in my heart till the day I die. God bless him! Fin

Linda Bannister Posted at 04:23pm

I knew Backus thru my brother-in-law Jim Fin. Have known him for over 30 yrs. He was a one of a kind and I will always have fond memories of him. He will truly be missed. My deepest sympathy to my sweet Kayla and all the Gatus family. Linda Bannister

Dave Serbert

Posted at 08:58am
Because you and my big brother were such good friends Backus we became good friends. I was like only 10 or 11 years old when I met you and you became like another brother to me. I will always remember how cool and laid back you were. I love you buddy and I'll see you again. God Speed buddy!

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Posted at 02:57pm
Backus was my dear Friend and I will always think of him when I laugh! Farewell my friend! With Sympathy, Paul Nowosielski & Luci Perri
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