James F. Janis of Lancaster, a retired automotive parts and motorsports business owner, died unexpectedly Wednesday, while visiting his former place of business in Elma. He was 74.
Born in Woodlawn, he graduated from South Park High School. In 1957, he began Jan-Cen Automotive, which later became Jan-Cen Motorsports. He retired in 1993.
He belonged to the Buffalo Shooting Club, and won numerous awards in snowmobile racing, drag racing and trapshooting.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Evelyn Mullaney; seven sons, James R. of Hamburg, Mark S., Michael J. and Richard K., all of Lancaster; John P. of Marilla, Joseph R. of Cheektowaga and Daniel E. of Darien; a daughter, Susan L. Abbatoy of Cape Coral, Fla.; a brother, Eugene S. of Cheektowaga; a sister, Ruth E. Johnston of Orchard Park; 16 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1 St. Mary's Hill, Lancaster. Burial will be in the church cemetery.