Jack E. Hoyt Sr. of Buffalo, retired president of Buffalo Photo Material Co., died Monday in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 85.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Bennett High School and attended the American School of Banking.
He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He also served in the National Guard during the Korean War.
In 1946, Mr. Hoyt joined his father-in-law, George Mason, at Buffalo Photo Material Co. and bought the company in 1962. He owned and operated the business until it closed in 2002 and he retired.
Active in the Boy Scouts, he started as a cubmaster and became chairman of the Cayuga District. He led a troop to Philmont Scout Camp and was given the Silver Beaver Award.
He also was active in the Rotary Club of Buffalo. Joining in 1962, he served four terms as director and was president in 1973. He served as district governor in 1994. He received Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow and "Pops" Phillips Fellow awards.
He was a former president of Buffalo Executives and a member of Professional Photographers of New York State.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Arline Mason; three sons, John E. Jr. of Grand Island, Jeffrey M. of Redford, Mich., and Richard G. of Alamo, Calif.; a daughter, Candace Bredenberg of Buffalo; and nine grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Louis Catholic Church, Main and Edward streets. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.