March 24, 1928 – Feb. 16, 2018
Anthony J. Urban, an executive with the former Lawless Container Corp., died unexpectedly Feb. 16 in Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fla. He was 89.
Born Anthony Urbanczyk in Buffalo, he was a 1946 East High School graduate. After serving two years in the Marine Corps, he earned a degree in math and physics from Canisius College in 1952.
Mr. Urban began with Lawless Container in 1959 as a salesman, advanced to sales manager and was among a group of officers and employees who purchased the box manufacturing company from its founders. After Lawless was acquired by Chesapeake Corp. in 1994, he continued in an executive position until he retired in 1998.
A Town of Tonawanda resident for 45 years before moving to Getzville, he was a longtime parishioner at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, where he was a eucharistic minister, and later was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Getzville.
He was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan, an avid fisherman and a skilled handyman. He also enjoyed shopping at flea markets.
In retirement, he and his wife wintered in Venice, Fla.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Bettie Jane Kowal; three sons, James Urbanczyk, Michael Urban and David Urbanczyk; three daughters, Sally Urbanczyk, Betsy Trice and Kristin Larney; eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.
A memorial service will be held in Buffalo in May.