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June 18, 1924 – Sept. 24, 2012
Alfred M. Bergman, retired owner and operator of an amusement game company, died Sept. 24 in Naples, Fla., after a short illness. He was 88.
Born in Chicago while his father was working there as a vaudeville entertainer, he came to the Buffalo area with his family as an infant and was a graduate of Kenmore High School.
Mr. Bergman served in the 324th Infantry Regiment in Europe during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. He recently received an honor from the French Foreign Legion for his efforts on behalf of the French people.
Returning from service, Mr. Bergman worked for his father’s companies – Sheldon Sales, which sold jukeboxes and vending machines, and Rab’s Records at Main Street and Michigan Avenue, where he regularly chauffeured visiting musical celebrities.
He established Darrt Amusement Inc. in 1952. The company, now operated by his sons, Randy and Robert, provides coin-operated amusement games, jukeboxes, pool tables, dart boards and vending machines.
He retired in 1985.
A former resident of Eggertsville and Eden, Mr. Bergman in retirement became an avid boater, golfer and gardener.
He maintained homes in Florida and the Buffalo area for several years before becoming a full-time Florida resident in 2002.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Toni Brunner; three sons, Randy, Robert and David; two daughters, Robin Early and Leslie; and a brother, Sheldon.
A graveside service will be at noon Saturday in Forest Lawn.