Edward R. Ahrens Jr., a leading area print executive and artist, died Friday. He was 82.
Mr. Ahrens, a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School, received a scholarship to study design at Rochester Institute of Technology. He also attended Park College in Kansas City before returning to Buffalo to help support his family.
He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 1964 and purchased Pundt Jones Press, a printing company, in 1968. He used it to form Ahrens Graphics. He then acquired numerous printing and advertising companies.
Mr. Ahrens served as president of the Buffalo Society of Artists and as past director of the Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives. He served on the board of directors of YMCA Camp Weona and as a committeeman for the Amherst Republican Party. He was also a member of the Amherst South Rotary and a 32nd-degree Mason.
In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence by the Printing and Imaging Association of New York State.
He was also an active athlete, winning the Buffalo Muny tennis doubles in the 1950s before winning the Harty Cup doubles in squash at age 70.
He was a member of the Buffalo Canoe Club and also was a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians' Bear Clan. His uncle, Cornelius V. Seneca, was president of the Seneca Nation in the 1950s.
Mr. Ahrens is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Helen Grambow; two sons, Mark and Peter; and a daughter, Jill.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.