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May 27, 1938 – Dec. 7, 2012

Alex N. Chestnut, a retired welder at the General Motors Delavan Avenue plant, died last Friday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 74.

Born in Buffalo and known as “Jimmy” to his family and friends, he was a graduate of Emerson Vocational High School, where he excelled in football as well as track and field.

Mr. Chestnut was employed for 36 years at the General Motors Delavan Avenue plant, where he started out as a janitor and worked his way up to become a pipefitter and, eventually, a welder before he retired in 1994.

He was lifelong member of Trinity Baptist Church and a member of its Trinity Male Chorus.

According to his family, one of the highlights of his life was being offered to serve as a deacon in his church.

Mr. Chestnut is survived by two daughters, La Verne Merriweather and Gladys N. Tubbs; two sons, Christopher McEntire and Earl; his companion, Paulette Lindsay; two sisters, Juanita Tillman and Theresa Chestnut Benson; and three brothers, Leonard, Clyde and George M.

A service will be at noon Saturday in Trinity Baptist Church, 2930 Bailey Ave.