J. Walter Frey, chief fiscal officer for Trico Products Corp. during the relocation of production facilities to Mexico in the mid-1980s and the major reorganization of that firm in this country and overseas, died Monday (Oct. 6, 1997) in his East Amherst home.
Frey, 70, had been a leading financial officer at Trico since 1966. He retired from the company in 1989 after also serving on the board of directors.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Frey was a 1949 graduate of St. Louis University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in commerce. Before receiving his college degree, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the infantry.
Frey's first employment was with Price Waterhouse in St. Louis. He worked at the accounting firm's offices for 17 years, in St. Louis and in Buffalo. A certified public accountant, Frey was the chief financial officer for the Petrolite Co., in St. Louis for about a year in the mid-1960s.
In 1966, he was appointed comptroller at Trico Products. Frey was promoted to vice president of finance in 1968 and headed the firm during several major reorganizations in this country, England and Mexico. He assisted in setting up of manufacturing in Texas and Mexico. Frey served on the board of directors of Trico for a number of years.
He also served as a trustee of the John R. Oishei Appreciation Charitable Trust, a charitable organization active in Western New York. Oishei was the founder of Trico.
Frey was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Missouri and New York. He was a resident member of the Buffalo Club for more than 20 years and served as treasurer of the Christy Matthewson Little League. Frey also was on the board of the Briarwoods Town Homes Inc. and served as its treasurer.
He enjoyed camping, hunting and making Christmas decorations.
Surviving are his wife, the former Nancy Harlan; two daughters, JoAnn F. Lipani and Virginia Pacer, both of Williamsville; a son, John W. of Jamestown; a brother, Carl M. of Sikeston, Mo.; and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville, following prayers at 9:30 in the G. Brian Roberts Funeral Home, 8360 Transit Road, East Amherst. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Swormville.