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J. William Everett, retired court administrator

Aug. 1, 1925 – April 29, 2015

J. William Everett, a retired court administrator in the Town of Amherst, died Wednesday at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 89.

As court administrator, Mr. Everett revamped and standardized accounting, recording and reporting for the court during a significant transition, implemented one of the premier automated information technology systems, and oversaw the design and construction of the town’s current court.

He was elected vice president of the New York State Association of Magistrate Court Clerks, and president of the Town and Village Court Clerks Association of the state’s Eighth Judicial District.

Before heading the court, Mr. Everett, a Buffalo native, sold insurance and real estate with his late wife, Esther, in the Emil A. Kratzer Co. He joined her to stay close to his family in Amherst after years of travel as fundraising and public relations counsel for a national fundraising firm.

He produced successful campaigns for numerous organizations, including the Shaw Festival, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Women & Children’s Hospital, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, St. Peter’s Hospital of Albany and the YMCAs of Detroit, Mich.

Prior to fundraising, Mr. Everett served the University at Buffalo, where he had graduated with a bachelor’s in business, as director of sports information and development, and director of alumni relations.

He directed UB’s first national fundraising campaign, and founded or rejuvenated 24 of UB’s national alumni chapters.

UB selected Mr. Everett to make its presentation to the NCAA that led to the school’s first admission into Division 1 sports. He also was publicist for the American Football Coaches’ Association All-America Game, and was general chairman of two UB United Way campaigns.

After graduating from UB, he represented Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in Buffalo, Boston, Albany and New York City, and IBM in Buffalo.

He retired in 1998.

He was elected president of the Buffalo Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, UB School of Management Alumni Association, and Theta-Chi Alumni Association of Western New York.

He was an elder of both Central and North Presbyterian Churches and a Thirty-Second Degree member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Harmonite Lodge.

Mr. Everett was honorably discharged from the Navy as an aviation machinist’s mate, and was a member of the Naval Reserve until 1950.

He was a member of Tonawanda Post 264, American Legion, and was a percussionist in the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas State Championship band.

Survivors include three sons, James W., Robert Kratzer and Emil Kratzer; and three grandsons.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road, Williamsville. Private burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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