William G. Mayne Jr., a businessman and civic leader, died Wednesday in Niagara Hospice. He was 71.
Mr. Mayne, a Lewiston resident since 1967, was born in Niagara Falls and attended schools in the city. He served in the Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Mayne's professional career was spent in the insurance business. For more than 35 years, he was the owner of the Taggert-Mayne Insurance Agency. He later was vice president of the Warren Hoffman and Associates Insurance Agency until his retirement in 1997.
Mr. Mayne was, perhaps, best known for the leadership he provided to the Niagara Falls area for nearly 50 years. His civic involvement was mostly with human service agencies and organizations that sought to improve the economic climate of the region.
He served as chairman of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. His colleagues on the commission credit him with ensuring that the Bridge Commission's new $6 million, state-of-the-art headquarters was developed in the Town of Lewiston.
Earlier this year, the commission created the Niagara County Business and Community Enhancement Grant Program, in recognition of Mayne's hard work and dedication. Grants from the program will now be now as William Mayne grants.
Mr. Mayne also was a member of the Niagara Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lower Niagara River Chamber of Commerce, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency and the Niagara Falls Airport Development Corp., among others.
He also served on the board of directors of the Western New York Economic Development Corp. At the time of his death, Mr. Mayne was a member of the board of trustees of Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center, where he also served on several committees related to health care.
Mr. Mayne also was the recipient of several awards, including the United Way Humanitarian Award and the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce Niagara Award. In 1995, Leadership Niagara honored him as Leader of the Year. In 2006, Town of Lewiston officials named him Citizen of the Year.
Mr Mayne is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Lillian J. Spencer, and two daughters, Pamela Paulson and Joanne Greene.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston.