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KAYSER, Harold Arthur

KAYSER - Harold Arthur Age 91; a former resident of Buffalo, passed away Friday, March 11, 2011 at Hospice of the Valley in Gilbert, AZ. He was born on April 8, 1919 in Buffalo, NY to Lydia (Hegel) and Gustaf Adolf Kayser. He married Jean Francis White on May 6, 1943. He is survived by his wife, Jean Francis (White) Kayser of Chandler, AZ; his twin sons; Thomas (Marie) Kayser of Chandler, AZ and Gerald (Lisa) Kayser of Burton, OH and his daughter Martha Dee Kayser of Boulder, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Oscar and Norman and two sons, William and Richard. He also leaves eight grandchildren; Britt (Philip) Grotheer, Ryan (Karen) Kayser, Larkyn (Billy) Mungovan, Haley Kayser, Quinn (Gabe) Hillegass, Jonathan (Daniela) Kayser, Matthew Kayser and Alexander Kayser. He is survived by five great-grandchildren and six nieces and nephews. Harold graduated from Fosdick Masten High School in Buffalo, NY and received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Buffalo. During World War II, Harold achieved the rank of Captain in the U S Army. He was an owner for 69 years of G A Kayser & Sons, Inc. in Buffalo, NY, a firm recognized as one of the leading beauty supply companies in the USA. While at Kayser's, he helped create a warm family atmosphere that was supportive to employees, and beauty salon owners and professionals. He was an innovator who introduced work/pleasure trips for Cosmetologists to exotic places like Hawaii. Harold also created the Kayser Beauty Trade show that was held at the Hotel Statler Hilton in Buffalo and the Niagara Falls Convention Center. He coined the phrase, "let it be about fun, frolic and making money", which thousands of beauty salon professionals would readily agree it was. In his career, he also was active in the beauty industry trade association, the BBSI, where he became the President in 1976. During his term, he had former President Ronald Reagan, former Congressman Jack Kemp, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as guest speakers. He was one of the founding members of Park Country Club in Williamsville, NY, where he enjoyed many rounds of golf. At the time he moved from Buffalo, he was the longest active member. Donations can be made to either the Muhammad Ali Parkinson - Barrow Neurological Clinic, 350 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85103 or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, Arizona 85014. The family will announce a memorial service in Buffalo NY at a later date.

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