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John R. Lock, retired food broker

John R. Lock, retired food broker

June 21, 1926 – March 6, 2015

John R. Lock, a retired food broker who taught navigation, died March 6 at home from congestive heart failure. He was 88.

A lifelong resident of Buffalo, he graduated from Bennett High School and earned a degree in business administration from University at Buffalo.

Mr. Lock interrupted his high school education in order to run the family business while his father was ill. After returning to school and receiving his diploma, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard a minesweeper in the North Atlantic from 1944 to 1946. After his military service, he pursued his college degree and later took over the family business, John H. Lock & Sons, a food brokerage at 123 Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, founded in 1939. His father became associated with the food business in 1902 when he went to work in the grocery operated by his uncle, Smith M. Flickinger, founder of the wholesale food organization in the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal bearing his name.

Mr. Lock retired in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Lock enjoyed sailing and all things nautical. He received a full certificate from the United States Power Squadron, where he taught navigation. He served as chairman of marine navigation for Swiftwater Sail and Power Squadron in North Tonawanda for four years. He maintained a U.S. Coast Guard captain license, sailing out of Wilson for 32 years.

A member of Central Presbyterian Church, he taught religious education to junior high students for 11 years, served on numerous committees, and chaired the board of deacons. He was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 163 at St. Joseph Church for eight years in the 1970s.

In later years, he served as chairman of the board of trustees and was a member of the finance committee at Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.

Survivors include his wife, the former Joanne Hall; a daughter, Martie Nicotera; a son, David; a sister, Janet Westfall; a brother, Burt; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. March 29 in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.

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