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Richard C. Courter, auto dealer and marina operator
Nov. 4, 1917 -- Nov. 15, 2007

Richard C. Courter, a Niagara County auto dealer and marina operator, died Nov. 15 in his Youngstown home after a brief illness. He was 90.

He owned Courter Chevrolet in Ransomville for many years, selling the business in 1974, then opened the Lewiston Marina. He sold the marina in the late 1970s and, in retirement, worked on his farm in Youngstown, where he had lived since 1954.

Born in Niagara Falls, he attended Lehigh University and the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. He was an abrasives engineer for Carborundum Co. in Niagara Falls from 1940 to 1948 before going into business for himself, starting Frontier Farm Supply.

Mr. Courter was past president of the Ransomville School Board and the Ransomville Lions Club. He was a member of the Ransomville Volunteer Fire Company, the Ransomville Grange, the Holland Society, the Masons and Ismailia Shrine. He also was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

A lifelong sailing enthusiast, he was a member of the Youngstown Yacht Club for 59 years.

His wife of 63 years, Jean McMurdo Courter, died in 2003.

Surviving are three daughters, Candace Graser, Betsey Corby and Susan Obletz.

A private family memorial service will be held.


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