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Warren J. Alcock Jr., former businessman, athlete; Sept. 11, 1924 -- June 13, 2011

Warren J. Alcock Jr., a former businessman and multisport athlete, died June 13 in Miami after a brief illness. He was 86.

Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Alcock studied at the University of Illinois before enlisting in the Navy during World War II. He completed his training as a naval aviation pilot at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station in 1945.

He earned his degree at Illinois after the war and went on to work for the rendering firm Darling and Co., based in Chicago. He was employed at the firm for 38 years and eventually became its president.

Mr. Alcock moved to Buffalo and married Ethel Stevens. They raised four children in Williamsville and Point Abino, Ont. The family was active at the Buffalo Athletic Club, Buffalo Ski Club and Buffalo Canoe Club in Point Abino.

He had a passion for sailing and owned a series of sailboats that he raced and cruised on the Great Lakes and East Coast. He also served as commodore of the Buffalo Canoe Club and the Manalapan Yacht Club in Florida, and as fleet captain of the American Yacht Club in Rye.

Mr. Alcock also was a longtime tennis player and played into his 70s.

His first wife and his second wife, Ruth Lowitz Alcock, both died.

Mr. Alcock is survived by his wife, Jean Murphy-Alcock; two sons, Warren III and Stevens Frederick; and two daughters, Gretchen Hayden and Sally Jeanne.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. July 8 in Holloway Bay Memorial Chapel, Point Abino.