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Clarence O. Jones, 74, a research engineer, died Thursday in Elderwood at Oakwood Health Care Facility, Amherst, after a long illness.

Mr. Jones, a native of Rochester who was known as Bud, worked for many years in industrial engineering in Western New York.

In 1952-53, he worked for Boeing Airplane Co. in Seattle. From 1955 until he retired in 1992, he worked for Niagara Machine & Tool Works in Buffalo as a service engineer, research engineer and chief research engineer.

From 1971 to 1992, he also worked for local companies, including Derrick Manufacturing Co. in Buffalo, as a consultant.

He continued to work as a consultant for Clearing-Niagara in Buffalo until his death.

Mr. Jones earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Buffalo in 1952. In 1953, he took several courses in advanced mathematics at the University of Washington. He also studied stress analysis in 1953 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

During the Korean War, Mr. Jones served in the Army as a radar specialist.

Mr. Jones enjoyed sailing, including competitive sailboat racing. He was a past president of the International Class Association, a past commodore of the Niagara Sailing Club and a past board member and fleet captain of the Buffalo Canoe Club.

He also enjoyed reading, including literature, and working on amateur radios.

Surviving are his wife, Audrey Schulz Jones of Amherst; two sons, Christopher O. of Tampa, Fla., and Craig O. of Clarence; two sisters, Barbara Cramond of Davenport, Iowa, and Sally DeFazio of Watertown, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at noon Monday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.


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