Roy J. Finitz, a former service manager for several car dealerships in Western New York, died Monday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness. He was 71.
Born in Niagara Falls, he attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1952.
Mr. Finitz was a member of the National Guard in Niagara Falls.
He began working as an automotive mechanic when he was 18 and then became a service manager for various dealerships in the area.
In 1972, Mr. Finitz moved to Las Vegas, where he owned and operated Roy's Carburetor Factory until his retirement in March 2004.
He returned to Niagara Falls last April.
Mr. Finitz was a talented musician and played the alto saxophone in jazz groups in Western New York from the mid-1950s through the early 1970s.
He looked forward each year to playing his saxophone at the annual Niagara Falls Picnic held in Las Vegas. He returned in September 2000 to Niagara Falls to play at the Ontario House reunion, which featured several local jazz musicians.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne E.; two sons, Chris of Niagara Falls and Jeff of York, Maine; two stepchildren, Deborah McMillan of Toronto and Matthew Craven of Hollywood, Calif.; a sister, Norma Fiore of Las Vegas; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was offered today in St. Mary of the Cataract Catholic Church. Burial will be scheduled.