Henry Siegfried Wile, an insurance and motor racing executive, died Wednesday in the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a long bout with cancer. He was 72.
Mr. Wile was born in Ihringen, Germany, and came to Buffalo in 1937. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in economics.
He later served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant.
Mr. Wile operated Police Group Benefits, a life and health insurance company. He also was involved with motor racing at Watkins Glen and other racing venues, creating the Inside Track Seminar for spectators in conjunction with the Grand Prix and other events.
Mr. Wile, a longtime Williamsville resident, was an avid sportsman and accomplished skier, runner and biker. He also held a black belt in judo. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Springville, walking in the woods and swimming in the pond.
Survivors include his wife, the former Joanne Brown; two sons, Jonathan of Williamsville and Randy of Houston; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.