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CLAYTON LACEY SR., DENTON, COTTIER OFFICER

Private services will be held for Clayton H. Lacey Sr., 82, retired vice president and secretary of the Denton, Cottier & Daniels music store and one of the area's first radio technicians.

Lacey, also a retired employee of Wurlitzer Co. and Poppenberg Music Corp., died Wednesday (Dec. 5, 1990) in his Cheektowaga home.

A Buffalo native and a graduate of the old Technical High School, he was a real estate title searcher in a law office before joining Denton, Cottier in 1922 as an office boy in the company's downtown store.

He became one of Buffalo's first radio technicians and was Denton, Cottier's first radio serviceman. Later, he was made the company's first television service manager.

He was appointed secretary in 1965 and vice president in 1966.

Lacey knew many of the musical greats who came to Buffalo. Among them were Ignace Paderewski, Mischa Elman, Fritz Kreisler, Geraldine Farrar, Percy Granger and E. Power Biggs. He often related how Bing Crosby, as a young singer, rehearsed with Paul Whiteman and Whiteman's Rhythm Boys -- among piano-packing cases at Denton, Cottier's downtown store, before performing at Shea's.

When Denton, Cottier was sold to Clark Music Co. of Syracuse in 1971, Lacey was named administrative assistant and later coordinator of the business, now in the Northtown Plaza-Century Mall in Amherst.

When he retired from the business in 1973, Lacey became credit manager for Wurlitzer, retiring from that position in 1980 when he was 72. He then took a job as sales manager for Poppenberg Music, retiring for the third and final time last year.

Lacey was a former member of Buffalo's Board of Examiners of TV Technicians and Apprentices.

He also served on the board of directors of Greenfield Electronics of Rochester and was a member of DeMolay Lodge 498, F & AM, and the Downtown Executive Club.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Pearl Fenner; a son, Clayton Jr. of Rochester; three brothers, Harry, Elmer and Alfred; two sisters, Evelyn Roth and Elizabeth Gross, and a grandson.

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