William A. “Buz” Sawyer

William A. “Buz” Sawyer, of Rumford, passed away Thursday November 3, 2016 at Memorial Hospital.  He was the husband of Judith E. (Shanley) Mackevich Sawyer and the late Anne E. (Greene) Sawyer.  Born in Mukwonago, Wisconsin he was a son of Albert and Lucy (Haas) Sawyer.  He was the Maintenance Director for the Westerly YMCA before retiring, a U.S. Navy Veteran, an avid golfer and Master Craftsman.  Besides his wife he is survived by his five children Steven A. Sawyer of Ashaway, LuAnn M. Sawyer of Hope Valley, Jay F. Mackevich of Rumford, Suzanne E. Meserve of Waterford, CT, Melissa E. Bodell of Rumford, the beloved grandfather of eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.  He was the brother of Richard Sawyer and the late Doris Seese.  His funeral will be held on Monday at 9 AM from the PERRY – McSTAY FUNERAL HOME 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Margaret’s Church, Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford.  Burial will be private.  Calling hours Sunday 5-8 PM.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Ocean Community YMCA, 95 High Street, Westerly, RI 02891 would be appreciated.