Sept. 22, 1946 – Nov. 24, 2013
Carlos C. Reyes, a retired health care administrator, died suddenly last Sunday at his East Amherst home. He was 67.
Mr. Reyes was born in West Point and, as a young man, relocated to the San Francisco Bay area. He moved to the Buffalo area in 1973 from Fergus Falls, Minn., where he served in Volunteers in Service to America.
He earned a master’s degree in social work in 1975 from the University at Buffalo.
From 1975 to 1985, he worked at Bry-Lin Hospital, starting as a social worker and advancing to vice president of patient services. From 1985 to 1990, he worked at Erie County Medical Center as director of the comprehensive psychiatric emergency program.
He served as administrative director of behavioral health from 1990 to 2005 at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. And, from 2005 to 2007, when he retired, he consulted for numerous agencies and programs in the region.
He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church, where he also was a former religious education instructor.
Mr. Reyes was a former board member of the Niagara County Mental Health Association, member of the Erie County Mental Health Association, and served on committees that advocated for mental health treatment for children and the elderly.
He was a former foster parent for Hillside Children’s Services, and was instrumental in advocating for peer support programs.
He enjoyed gourmet cooking, gardening and traveling.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Jean Willis; two daughters, Jessica Harrell and Allyson Reyes; two sons, Marlo and Matthew; a sister, Priscilla Houshmand; and one grandson.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.