Alfred Joseph Reyes, aka “Buddy,” left us on a straight shot to heaven to be with his bride, Shirley, of 68 plus years, on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. He is survived by, and made an indelible loving impact on his children: Tijonne, Alan, Alfred Jr. "AJ", and Johnny; grandchildren: Joey, Nicky, Alan Jr., Jacquelyn, Kasen, Masen, Breelyn, Ryan and Austin; great-grandchildren: Erica, Nola, Sawyer, Levee, Kasen Jr., and Kaine.
After separating from the Navy after WWII, Buddy returned to Brooklyn, NY with his New Orleans bride and opened a TV repair business, then worked for the Federal Aviation Agency in numerous cities, retiring in River Ridge LA. In retirement he continued to work at AJ’s fine jewelry store, Reyes of Love. Buddy particularly enjoyed going to Gulf Shores with his many family members and traveling with Shirley. A true competitor, at 90 years old, Buddy competed in the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games, winning five gold medals, three in track and two in weightlifting. With the perfect nickname “Buddy,” everyone who ever met him warmed quickly to his endearing, friendly personality. By example, he taught his children how to truly love others.
Buddy's awesome life will be celebrated at Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4900 Airline Drive in Metairie, LA with a visitation from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm, with a Funeral Mass beginning at 2:00 pm followed by burial on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.