Joseph R. Fedor Jr., of Alden, who owned and operated Walden Central Hardware in Lancaster, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 81.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Riverside High School and earned a degree in business administration from Canisius College. He served in the Korean War with the Army.
Mr. Fedor joined the family business, the Anchor Inn Restaurant in Cheektowaga, which had been started by his mother, Anna, and helped operate it until it was sold in 1975.
He purchased Walden Central Hardware at Walden and Central avenues in Lancaster in 1960 and operated it until 1975. In 1970, he joined NuWay Distributors in West Seneca, a wholesale distributor to hardware stores, and was a branch manager when he retired in 1986.
A member of the Lancaster Lions Club for more than 50 years, he was a past president. He received the club's lifetime membership award for meritorious service. He also served as cubmaster for a Lancaster Cub Scout pack. He was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Jeanne
Owczarczak; a son, Joseph III; a daughter, Karen Harris; and a sister, Sandy Nowinski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg.