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James George Sutton, retired business owner, active in Jaycees

James Sutton

James Sutton

Nov. 28, 1940 – Nov. 9, 2016

James George Sutton, of Cheektowaga, a retired business owner who was active in the Jaycees on the local, state and national levels, died Nov. 9 in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 75.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1958 graduate of Bishop Neumann High School, where he played on the basketball and baseball teams, and attended the Simmons School of Mortuary in Syracuse. He served in the Navy stateside as a corpsman from 1959 to 1962 and was editor of his naval base newspaper.

Returning from service, he acquired a franchise for Wilson Beauty Products and served beauty salons in Erie County. He retired in 1990.

Mr. Sutton was a member of the Ken-Ton Jaycees and several other chapters in the area, holding a number of local offices. He took part in numerous community service projects and particularly enjoyed working the Special Olympics.

He went on to become a life member of the New York State Jaycees JCI Senate and was state president in 1999-2000. He later became a national vice president.

He enjoyed fishing and boating on the Niagara River and Lake Erie. He was a fan of the Bills, Bisons, Sabres and the University of West Virginia Mountaineers.

Survivors include his fiancee, Terri Rozelle; three daughters, Lisa Doney, Traci and Kelly; a sister, Sharon; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of his life will be arranged in the spring.

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