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J. Bruce Forbush, retired CEO of family lumber company

Oct. 31, 1930 – March 14, 2016

James Bruce Forbush, of Lake View, third-generation chief executive officer of Forbush Lumber Co., died March 14 in his winter home in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 85.

Born in Hamburg, he attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana and was a graduate of Nichols School. He earned a degree in business from the University of Virginia, where he was a quarterback on the football team, and served in the Army as a Counter Intelligence Corps agent during the Korean War.

Returning from service, he joined the company founded by his grandfather in Hamburg as a branch of a family lumber business established in Gowanda in 1842. With yards in Gowanda, Hamburg, North Collins and Salamanca, it was the largest distributor of residential building materials in the area.

Mr. Forbush succeeded his father as head of the company and retired after it closed in 1995.

He also was a founder and co-owner of the Buffalo Southern Railroad, which served the lumber yards.

A champion skeet shooter, he won several state and international titles. He was a member of the All-American and New York State skeet shooting teams and a past president of the National Skeet Shooting Association.

He was a member of Hamburg Post 527, American Legion; the Hamburg Rotary Club; and the Wanakah Country Club.

An accomplished tennis player, he was a member of the Delray Beach and Tennis Club in Florida. He also enjoyed boating and deep-sea fishing tournaments.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, the former Barbara Winder; two daughters, Catherine and Victoria; two stepsons, Todd Winder and Jeffrey Winder; two grandsons and four stepgrandchildren.

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