Lester K. Harriott, 94, a clothing retailer with the Kleinhans Co. for more than 50 years, died Thursday in Delaware Heights Health Care Center after a short illness.
The Buffalo native graduated from Lafayette High School. He worked for the Kleinhans Co. for five decades and was a top sales associate in the college shop before holding various buyer positions. He also served as vice president of stores and as a member of the executive committee.
Mr. Harriott was recognized in the industry as an innovator in men's sportswear. After Kleinhans closed, he was instrumental in the opening of the Harry Rosen Men's Store in Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga.
Mr. Harriott enjoyed training and riding horses, and owned a horse named Blushing for many years. He also taught others how to ride.
A longtime hockey fan, he served for many years as a goal judge, first for the Buffalo Bisons minor league hockey team and later for the Buffalo Sabres in the 1970s.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, whom he still referred to as his "bride," Michele; a son, Rex of Glen Ridge, N.J.; and three grandchildren.
A gathering for friends and family will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 102 Linwood Ave. The funeral service will be private.