So offer him some type of barter involving your own labor. Tell him you'll take it all off the frames and take it apart for him. Tell him if he lays it all out on the fabric that you'll cut it out for him. You should be looking at around $1200 ( $375 for each bucket and $450 for the rear seat) using good fabric. He may knock off a couple hundred if you do enough labor for him. Yes, that's more than EZ Boys, but I'll bet you'll be a lot happier with the finished product.
No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.