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E. Guy Richards, 96, Mack Trucks employee; Feb. 12, 1914 -- Nov. 19, 2010

E. Guy Richards, a longtime Mack Trucks employee and former resident of Buffalo, died Nov. 19 in his Los Angeles home. He was 96.

Mr. Richards was born in Michigan and raised in Oneida. He attended Alabama University, Tuscaloosa, Ala. In 1943, he moved to Buffalo and went to work for Mack Trucks, where he was a rising young "bulldog." The company's distinctive logo, a chrome-plated or sometimes gold-plated bulldog, can be found on the front of almost all Mack trucks.

"They put him on the cover of their corporate magazine several times, with the caption 'Our salesmen are as tough as our trucks,' because he had been continuously employed [at Mack Trucks] for many, many years," said his son, Thomas.

Mr. Richards' career at Mack, where he supplied many of the local trucking firms and fire departments with equipment, spanned 67 years. He retired in 2006.

A Buffalo booster, Mr. Richards was a longtime resident of the city until he moved to Los Angeles in May to live with a son. He was a jazz aficionado, who played saxophone with the Alabama Cavaliers during his college years in the 1930s. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, where he served on the vestry and sang in the choir.

His wife of 55 years, the former Mabel Chester, died in 1999.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas and Frederick.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday in the Church of the Ascension, 16 Linwood Ave.

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