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Harold S. Bixby, construction company co-founder

May 25, 1923 - Oct. 20, 2013

Harold S. Bixby, who co-founded a construction company that worked on a number of highway projects in the region, died Sunday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 90.

Born in New Britain, Conn., he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, graduating in 1948 with a degree in civil engineering.

While attending RPI, he met Judith Stevens, who graduated from Russell Sage College and would become his wife of 57 years.

During World War II, Mr. Bixby was an Army sergeant, serving in the Philippines.

Mr. Bixby and his wife initially settled in Levittown. By the early 1950s, the Bixby family had moved to Western New York, living for many years in Orchard Park.

In 1965, Mr. Bixby co-founded Tri-Delta Construction with Louis Hecht and Richard Vogel. The company’s projects included the Aurora Expressway (Route 400) and parts of the Niagara Thruway, I-86, Route 219 and projects at the Buffalo airport.

Tri-Delta also was responsible for the initial excavation, grading and site work and foundation for Rich Stadium.

In 1976, Mr. Bixby became president and chief executive officer of Tri-Delta Aggregates.

Mr. Bixby was president of the state chapter of the Associated General Contracts of America in 1978-79. In 1983, he co-founded the Fair Apportionment of Infrastructure and Revenue Committee, which advocated for transportation funding for Western New York.

Mr. Bixby also was an avid equestrian and was involved in thoroughbred events, breeding and teaching for many years.

He was also a competitor and breeder of field hunting dogs, first of springer spaniels and then of English cocker spaniels.

His survivors include a daughter, Leslie, and a son, Bill.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 6595 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park.