Sept. 26, 2016– June 2, 1950
Timothy L. Shay, 66, of Williamsville, died Monday at Beechwood Hospice Continuing Care after a battle with brain cancer.
Born in Dansville, he had been a Williamsville resident for more than 40 years.
He began his career in the commercial trucking tire industry after graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Tires were in his blood dating back to 1920 when his grandfather began Shay’s Service in Dansville. His dad, Harold “Tim” Shay, established Main Tire Exchange in 1972 with headquarters in Dansville and branch locations in Buffalo and Rochester. The Dansville location was a full-service store for all vehicles as well as commercial tire sales and retreading. Buffalo and Rochester were service and sales locations.
After a career with Mason Dixon, Shay’s Service and Teal’s Express, Mr. Shay joined Main Tire in 1998 and served as president until its sale in 2012. His tenure as president saw the rapid growth of sales from $10 million to a high of $20 million.
He was past president of the New York State Motor Truck Association and past member of the Bandag 20 Group. He was recognized throughout the industry for his efforts in commercial tire recycling and gas consumption savings.
“Wheels were in is blood,” said longtime business partner and brother Jon H. Shay. “He came from generations of experience to help keep drivers safe on the highways. He cared about people and was a patriot to his core.”
Mr. Shay was a member of St. Gregory the Great Church and longtime member, director and avid golfer at Brookfield Country Club. He also enjoyed traveling and skiing, was a past member of the National Ski Patrol and was an active food shelter volunteer.
In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife, Debbie; stepchildren Robert Holst and Kristen Kauffman; and sisters Mimi Burdick and Katherine Carlson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Oct. 1 at St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville.