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Gifford Race Salisbury, businessman

June 4, 1938 – Feb. 3, 2016

Gifford Race Salisbury, a longtime Buffalo businessman and entrepreneur, died Wednesday in his Vero Beach, Fla., home. He was 77.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Salisbury grew up in Blasdell and also had lived in Eden. He was a graduate of the Nichols School and Hobart College, where he met his wife of 53 years, Barbara.

An entrepreneur, Mr. Salisbury started successful businesses throughout his career. He was president of Serv-O-Matic Vending Inc. and Refreshment Services Unlimited Inc. He also was founder and CEO of Commercial Archives Inc., and GRS Enterprises Inc. and served as national president for the Institute of Certified Records Managers.

He was active in local business and community organizations, serving as board president for Columbus Hospital in Buffalo and Downtown Nursing Home Inc. He also was president of Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives, and was a member of the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce and Niagara Business Associates.

Mr. Salisbury, known for his gregarious nature, was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter. He was a longtime member of Wanakah Country Club and Hamburg Rod and Gun Club.

After he retired, Mr. Salisbury and his wife spent time in Hancock Point, Maine, before moving to Juno Beach, Fla., then to Vero Beach.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Meg; two sons, Charlie and Gifford Jr.; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Midge Streeter.

A private memorial service will be held this spring in Buffalo.

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