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Willard Macfarland, headed Winsmith Industries
Oct. 6, 1926 -- March 18, 2010

Willard C. Macfarland was never one to rest on his laurels.

After retiring as president of Winsmith Industries in Springville in 1985, the Orchard Park resident kept busy as a business consultant, wrote opinion pieces for newspapers including The Buffalo News and founded ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eat Out) in the village.

Anyone who leaves a demanding job with long hours "needs something else," he said in a 1995 News story about living in retirement. "You can't suddenly do nothing. People like that just don't quit."

Mr. Macfarland died Thursday at home. He was 83.

A Chicago native, he graduated from Milton Academy in Massachusetts and receive his bachelor of science degree with distinction from the Naval Academy and master's of science degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University. He was a lieutenant in the Navy.

Mr. Macfarland came to Western New York as president of Winsmith in 1971 and held the position for 14 years before retiring.

A founding member of Orchard Park Community Church, he helped design and build the church and adjacent memorial garden and made much of the furniture for the sanctuary, including its distinctive lighted cross.

He was a lifelong world traveler and a longtime member and director of the American Gear Manufacturers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Delina "Lindy" Clapp Macfarland; three daughters, Marnee M. Lerums, Lina M. Foster and Margot M. Henel; a son, Willard C. Jr.; and a brother, Lanning Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 27 in Orchard Park Community Church, 7451 E. Quaker Road.

-- Tom Buckham

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