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James R. How, retired president of roofing business

March 1, 1926 – Feb. 28, 2014

James R. How, of Buffalo, a retired business owner, died Friday in Sisters Hospital. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Lafayette High School and Earlham College in Indiana.

During World War II, Mr. How served stateside in the Army Air Forces. In 1951, he began working for his family’s business, G.H. Peters Co., an industrial roofing business in Buffalo, which was founded in 1825. He became president of the company in the 1960s and retired in 2004.

He was a past board member and president of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site at the Wilcox Mansion. He also was on the board of the Elmwood Franklin School, a life member of the Buffalo Canoe Club and member of the Saturn Club.

Other organizations of which Mr. How was member include the Romeo Men’s Luncheon Club, American Chestnut Foundation, the University Club and the Sitzmarker Ski Club.

Mr. How collected antiques, including antique cars, and was an active outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Martha Johnson, and three daughters, Elizabeth Bartolone, Gretchen How-Said and Jennifer.

A celebration of his life will be at 4 p.m. March 15 in the Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave.

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