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Oct. 24, 1931 – July 6, 2014

Edward Pitts, longtime Buffalo resident and financial consultant, died Sunday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 82.

Born in Greenwood, S.C., Mr. Pitts showed commitment to education at an early age, receiving an award for perfect attendance for his 12 years of schooling. He was a honor student and cross country runner at Hutchinson-Central High School. After graduation in 1949, he enlisted in the in Army, serving as a drill sergeant and sharpshooter from 1952 to 1954. After the military, he studied at Buffalo State College.

An income tax accountant and financial consultant, he started his business, Edward Pitts Tax Service, in the late 1950s, operating it for 50 years. In 1968, he started to work for New York Telephone/Verizon as a salesman and later held management positions. In 1994, he was promoted to a senior account executive in business marketing. He retired in 2002.

Survivors include his former wife of 20 years, Beverly J. Walker; two sons, Edward L. “Monty” and Gregory S.; a brother, Eugene; a sister, Martha Workman; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His funeral will be at noon Saturday in Delaware Avenue Baptist Church, 965 Delaware Ave.