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James Winney, owned Designers Folding Box Corp.

Oct. 23, 1927 – April 14, 2013

James Richard Winney, of Alden, owner of Designers Folding Box Corp. in Buffalo, died Sunday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute after a short illness. He was 85.

Born in Fort Erie, Ont., he was a descendant of Cornelius Winney, a Dutch trading post owner believed to have been the first European to settle in the Buffalo area. He graduated from Fort Erie High School, then came to the U.S. and served in the Navy during World War II as a yeoman third class.

Returning from service, he began a 40-year career at Wagner Folding Box Co. on Buffalo’s East Side as a clerk. He advanced through positions in accounting and sales, becoming vice president of the company and its subsidiary, Fort Orange Paper Co.

Leaving Wagner in 1985, he joined Designers Folding Box Corp. as a partner and became owner after the death of his partner. He continued working until two weeks ago. His son Jeffery is president of the company.

Well-regarded in the packaging industry, he received numerous business awards.

A resident of Riverside until he moved to Alden in 1966, he was a youth leader at Ontario Street Methodist Church for many years and was active in Scouting.

He enjoyed gardening and hockey.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Jean M. Borman; four sons, Michael, Richard, Patrick and Jeffrey; a daughter, Eileen Stoos; and a sister, Doris Stocum.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Marilla United Methodist Church, 1910 Two Rod Road.