Feb. 16, 1926 – May 28, 2015
James A. Hoover Jr., retired managing partner at Lumsden & McCormick, died Thursday at his Orchard Park home from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 89.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from North Tonawanda High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Hobart College in 1950 and master’s degree in accounting from the University of Buffalo in 1956.
He served in the U.S. Army as a sharpshooter in the European theater during World War II, receiving the combat infantryman badge.
A licensed certified public accountant, Mr. Hoover worked for several accounting companies, including Ernst & Ernst, and Peat Marwick as a CPA and later held the position as treasurer at J.W. Clement, a printing company.
Mr. Hoover began his longtime career at Lumsden & McCormick as a partner in January 1964. He retired as managing partner in February 1991.
Active in many civic and local organizations, he served on several boards, including the Buffalo Club and Mercy Hospital Foundation. He was chairman of the board for Beechwood Nursing Home, president of the Council for Small Business Enterprises and chairman of the Western New York Heart Association.
A sports enthusiast, he won 14 gold medals in cycling in the Empire State Senior Games from 1998 to 2002. He also was an expert duplicate bridge player.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Joan Papae; three sons, James A. III, Christopher C. and Bruce W.; a brother, Don; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park.