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Lawrence G. Alderdice, businessman, active Mason; March 12, 1934 -- Feb. 22, 2012

Lawrence G. Alderdice of Buffalo, a U.S. Army veteran who went on to co-own a commercial safety products business, died Wednesday after a short illness. He was 77.

Mr. Alderdice was born in Buffalo and was a 1952 graduate of Bennett High School. He also graduated from the School of American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 in the radar division at Camp Hanford in the State of Washington. Upon his discharge in 1957 with the rank of specialist 4, Mr. Alderdice joined the family business, Claxton Asbestos Co. in Buffalo, which was started in 1920 by his father, Hugh W. Alderdice and his uncle, Thomas Claxton. The business specialized in selling commercial installation and safety products.

Over the years, Mr. Alderdice became a co-owner of the business, which later changed its name to Thermsafe Co. The company closed in 1995, and he retired.

Mr. Alderdice was active in the Masons and was a 50-year member of Highland-Parker Lodge 835, which later merged to become Millennium Lodge 1179. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his years of service to the lodge.

He was a lifelong member of Central Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder. When the church closed a few years ago, he became a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mr. Alderdice is survived by his wife, the former Carol Maas, and a son, Douglas.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Church, 1080 Main St.

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