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Edward A. Gailor, 93, Harrison Radiator manager March 17, 1915 -- Oct. 21, 2008

Edward A. Gailor, a longtime manager at the former Harrison Radiator plant and a prominent member of many civic and fraternal organizations, died Tuesday in Lockport Memorial Hospital. He was 93.

Born in North Tonawanda, he was a 1933 graduate of Lockport High School and attended the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Gailor retired in 1980 from Harrison Radiator -- now Delphi Thermal Systems, a division of General Motors -- after 45 years as manager of purchasing.

He was a member of the Lockport Civil Service Commission from 1942 to 1954, serving, respectively, as secretary and president. He belonged to the Boy Scouts of America from 1927 until his death and became an Eagle Scout in 1931. He was on the executive committee of the Lewiston Trail Council, receiving the Silver Beaver Award, Scouting's highest honor, in 1975 and Distinguished Citizen Award in 1981.

Mr. Gailor also was a member of the Lockport Rotary Club; past vice president of the Lockport Area Chamber of Commerce; trustee and past president of the Glenwood Cemetery Association; the G-9 Management Club; and vice president and coach-manager of Lockport Little League Baseball.

Other memberships include Red Jacket Lodge 646, Free & Accepted Masons; Ames Chapter 88, Royal Arch Mason; Ismailia Shrine Temple; Lockport Shrine Club; and Lodge 41, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

He also was a member of Lockport United Church of Christ, past president of the Lockport Town and Country Club and past president of the Tuscarora Club.

In his free time, he enjoyed golf, swimming, fishing, hunting, photography, stamp and coin collecting.

His wife, Jean E. Morrill Gailor, died in 2007.

Mr. Gailor is survived by a son, Edward M., and two daughters, Terrie G. Gailor and Linda G. Lewis.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport.


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