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James Dempsey Spedding, Harrison Radiator sales manager

April 2, 1929 – Jan. 22, 2016

James Spedding, a former Air Force chief master sergeant, Harrison Radiator sales manager and active volunteer, died Friday at the Briody Health Care Center in Lockport. He was 86.

A 1947 graduate of Lockport High School, he served in the Air Force from 1948 to 1969, with assignments in Texas, Mississippi, Korea, New York and California.

One of his last projects was as an instructor and quality engineer with the Manned Orbiting Laboratory Space Program.

During his service, he earned degrees at Foothill College, the University of Nebraska, Chapman University and the University of Southern California.

After his milltary service, he worked at Harrison Radiator until 1989. When he retired as a sales manager, he turned his enthusiasm and energy to volunteer projects.

He was Retiree Coordinator at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base, an instructor and counselor for the income tax program at the American Association of Retired People, a counselor for the state Office for Aging, a trustee for the Dale Association human services organization and a secretary at the Head & Neck Center in Sisters Hospital.

By 2012, he had given 23 years of service as a volunteer counselor preparing income taxes for community taxpayers.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Helen Ruth Chapman; a sister, Alice DiFilippo; a daughter, Linda Horton; two sons, James and Robert; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

At his request, there will be no funeral services. He donated his body to the anatomical gift program at the University at Buffalo.

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