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Graham Whitmore, Motivair Corp. president

Feb. 5, 1948 – June 7, 2015

Graham Whitmore of Williamsville and Naples, Fla., president and CEO of Motivair Corp., died Sunday at his Williamsville home after a lengthy illness. He was 67.

Born in Birmingham, England, he was a graduate of King Edwards Five Ways Grammar School, an elite high school in England where students are selected based on rigid qualifications.

In 1977, Mr. Whitmore relocated to the United States to accept a position at Hiross Inc. in Wheatfield, where he served as vice president from 1977 to 1988. Prior to moving to the U.S., he held several positions in England, including a process division marketing manager at Denco Miller Limited and contracts engineer at Fisher Group Limited.

In 1988, he founded Motivair Corp. of Amherst, which manufactures and sells industrial refrigeration and process cooling systems. Over the past 27 years, Motivair has evolved to become a global leader in high efficiency data center cooling. Several Fortune 500, 100 and web-scale companies are Motivair customers.

A member of the Park Country Club for 17 years, he served on the club’s board of directors from 2008 to 2010 and was elected secretary of the board in 2010. He was an avid golfer and car enthusiast who traveled widely for both business and pleasure.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Sylvia M. Lawrence; two sons, Richard and Andrew; and two grandsons.

A memorial service will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, Amherst.