Jan. 23, 1934 – Nov. 1, 2016
Albert J. Wainwright, of Kenmore, whose 49-year career at The Buffalo News included nearly two decades as production manager, died Tuesday in the Schofield Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility, Town of Tonawanda, after a brief illness. He was 82.
Born in Washington, D.C., he came to Buffalo as a boy with his family. He was a graduate of South Park High School and began working for The News in 1952 as an apprentice in the pressroom. He enlisted in the Army in 1954, served stateside and returned to The News two years later as a clerk in the production office.
Mr. Wainwright joined the International Typographical Union in 1957 and became an apprentice in the composing room, learning all the crafts involved in preparing pages for the presses. He served several years as an officer in the ITU. As a young father of seven children, he worked several jobs early in his career to support his family.
In 1974, he became assistant foreman of the composing room and was promoted to foreman in 1976. After serving as assistant production manager and system manager, he was named to the paper’s highest production post, production manager, in 1983. He helped guide the composing room transition from linotype printing to computerized typesetting. He retired in 2001. An avid golfer, he played in The Buffalo News and DiTondo’s Restaurant golf leagues. In retirement, he worked part-time at Pine Meadows Golf Course in Clarence.
Survivors include his wife, the former Dodi McGuire; a son, Timothy; five daughters, Kathleen Fench, Coleen Crawford, Jeanie Wendel, Patricia Wiest and Leslie Villone; a stepson, Nick Paternostro; a stepdaughter, Beverly Paternostro; a sister, Jean Shaver; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mary Taylor, predeceased him.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 18 in the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg.