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Harold Chapin, 76, of Delray Beach, Fla., a retired Buffalo business executive, died Wednesday (Oct. 8, 1997) in Delray Medical Center after a yearlong illness.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of the University of Buffalo, where he played on the football team.

During World War II, he was a lieutenant commander in the Navy.

He was an executive of Greenfield, Chapin and Fagin Inc. and helped oversee its evolution from a scrap metal processing business to a specialty metals processor.

A consultant and lecturer on stainless steel, he was a vice president of the National Association of Recycling Industries. He retired about five years ago.

Active in Jewish organizations and charities, he was a former vice president of the Buffalo Jewish Community Center and a member of Temple Beth Zion. He also was a member of the Rotary Club.

He was a former resident of Kenmore and Williamsville. He moved to Florida about four years ago.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Lila Spivack; a son, Rabbi Richard of New York City; two daughters, Ellen Schwartz of Atlanta and Diane Kaufman of Potomac, Md.; a sister, Sylvia Kastoff; and five grandchildren.

Services will be held at noon Sunday in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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