April 1, 1926 – March 15, 2016
Albert Roy Ives, a retired Buffalo-area automobile dealer, died March 15 under hospice care in his home in Seminole, Fla. He was 89.
Born in Phelps, near Rochester, he bought old cars, fixed them and sold them while attending high school. He began studies at Clarkson University, then enlisted in the Navy during World War II. When the war ended, he was stationed at bases on the East Coast.
Returning from service, he resumed fixing and selling cars in Phelps and soon became one of the youngest Ford dealers in Ford Motor Co. history.
His success as a dealer led Ford to award him a franchise in Buffalo. He opened Al Ives Ford at Main Street and Lafayette Avenue in 1959.
In 1966, he bought a Pontiac dealership from Keyser Brothers in North Tonawanda and moved Al Ives Pontiac to 2277 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst in 1970. He sold the business to Don Davis in 1976 and joined with his son David in a large Chevrolet dealership in Worcester, Mass. He retired and moved to the St. Petersburg, Fla., area in 1982.
In Florida, he maintained a small car lot with his son Dewey and his stepson. Encouraged by his wife, who worked in real estate, he obtained a license as a broker and sold residential and commercial real estate.
“He was always looking to make a deal,” his son Dan said.
A Clarence resident during his years in the Buffalo area, Mr. Ives was a former president of the New York State Automobile Dealers Association and the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association.
He was a commercially rated pilot and owned several small planes. He also was a sailor and power boater and raised horses on farms in Geneva and in the Boston Hills. He enjoyed golf, tennis and walking.
He was a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for more than 30 years and was a member of the Transit Valley Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Carolyn; four sons, David, Daniel, Dewey and Jeffrey Hynes; a daughter, Julianne Richardson; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
A memorial and service will be held April 22 in Bay Pines National Cemetery, St. Petersburg.