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HERBERT J. HAMBLETON DIES AT 89; FORMER CHIEF OF OIL, LOAN FIRMS

Funeral services for Herbert J. Hambleton, 89, the former chief executive officer of Hambleton Oil Corp., will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Christ Chapel of Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in the family lot in Elmlawn Cemetery, Tonawanda.

Hambleton died Saturday (Dec. 29, 1990) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.

Hambleton was born Jan. 23, 1901, in Buffalo and attended various Buffalo public schools. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1919 and earned a degree in business administration from Cornell University in 1923.

He then began working for the Tidewater Oil Corp. that year as a salesman and in 1924 founded the Hambleton Oil Corp. In the mid-1930s he also purchased the People's Loan Corp. and was its president. He remained active in both businesses until his retirement in 1970.

Hambleton was a member of the Transit Valley Country Club, Cherry Hill Country Club and Buffalo Athletic Club.

His wife, the former Irene E. Smith, passed away earlier this year.

Survivors include his daughter, Betty Cozzens of Tonawanda; two sons, Herbert J. and Harvey J., both of Amherst; a brother, Ernest E. of Springville; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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