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HAROLD BICKFORD, FOUNDER OF PAPER COMPANY
JUNE 1, 1915 -- APRIL 20, 2005

Harold D. Bickford, founder of Bickford Paper Co. in Buffalo, died Wednesday in Beechwood Health Care Center, Getzville. He was 89.

Mr. Bickford founded Bickford Paper, distributors of imaging and printing paper throughout Western New York, in 1957. The company moved from Rensselaer Street to Seneca Street in 2003.

Mr. Bickford was active with the company, of which he was president, until 2004.

Born in Toronto, he moved to Buffalo with his family as a child. A descendant of an archbishop of Canterbury, Mr. Bickford was the son of Canadian Brig. Gen. Harold C. Bickford, who brought his family to Buffalo and became a major real estate developer.

He attended Nichols School and Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling and graduated from Valley Ranch School in Cody, Wyo. In 1938, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Military Institute.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served as an antiaircraft officer in North Africa and Europe, rising to the rank of captain.

Mr. Bickford was a member of the Saturn Club and the Country Club of Buffalo.

His daughter, Ann Keller of Williamsville, described her father as "a quiet man -- very classy and a terrific dad."

Surviving, in addition to his daughter, are his wife of 61 years, Ann Decker Bickford of Buffalo; two sons, Edward D. of Buffalo and Timothy D. of Providence, R.I.; and a sister, Faith McDonnell of East Aurora.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Chapel at Forest Lawn. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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