Oct. 30, 1936 – March 26, 2016
John F. Potter of Snyder, a retired project manager for Praxair in the Town of Tonawanda, died Saturday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness. He was 79.
Born in Pittsfield, Mass., he graduated from Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, now Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.
After college, Mr. Potter worked for the Duquesne Light Co. in Shippingport, Pa., and in 1961 moved to Buffalo to work for the former Linde Division of Union Carbide. As a project engineer, he traveled extensively in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as to Europe, Brazil, Turkey, Morocco and South Korea. He retired in 1993.
In retirement, he worked as a consultant in project management for the AGA Corp. in Cleveland. He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Active in Westminster Presbyterian Church, he served as an elder, Sunday school teacher, member of the Family Life Council and volunteer in the after-school energy program.
He also was a longtime volunteer at Kevin Guest House and served on its board of directors for six years. In 2005, he received the Kevin Garvey Award for his service.
He enjoyed reading, especially world history, listening to classical music and opera, and sailing with his grandchildren on Chautauqua Lake, where he maintained a family cottage.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Carol Painter; a daughter, Melissa Neff; a son, David; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.