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TAO, James Fu

TAO, James Fu

TAO - James Fu Age 85, of Williamsville, NY, died Friday, July 20, 2018 with his loving wife at his side after a brief but hard-fought fight against cancer. Son of Hsiao-Wan Tao, Jim was born in Changsha, Hunan Province, China, on July 21, 1932, and came to Seattle, WA with his parents at age 13 immediately following WWII. When his father became the first Chinese counsel to Sukarno and relocated to Singapore, Jim stayed in Seattle to attend Garfield High School, supporting himself with a long paper route, and the University of Washington, where he received a BS in Chemical engineering. After serving two years in the US Army (1955-57) as a draftee assigned to teach chemical warfare, he earned an MS in chemical engineering from M.I.T. and an LLB from the Harvard Law School. Jim then clerked for judges at the US Court of Claims and the US Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (CCPA), and went on to work in the patent department of the Xerox Corporation and later as Patent Counsel of Occidental Chemical. In the summer of 1959 while working as an intern at Linde Air Products in Buffalo, Jim met his wife Dorothy (nee Sing) of Kenmore, NY. Until recently he was an avid reader, bridge, and tennis player. Throughout their life together he was continually and carefully planning trips, whether to Michigan, or Maine, China, Italy, England, Germany, Switzerland, France, Turkey, and all over the US and Canada. Jim is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, David of Placentia, CA, and Andrew (Christine); grandchildren, Hannah and Billy of Los Altos, CA, as well as his wife's extended family and their children: his mother-in law Ruth Sing, plus his wife's five sisters, Elizabeth Wu (late David), Margaret Sing Smith (Philip), Jinny Bitzer (late Ernie), Mary Sing (Kevin Kirchner), Karen Sing (David Bedell), and two brothers, Daniel Sing (Joni) and David Sing (Meryl Brodsky) and many nieces and nephews. Jim was a quiet, meticulously organized, and principled personality beloved by his wife, sons and grandchildren, as well as his wife's large extended family, who so appreciated his kindness and support during their frequent visits as children and after. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to or your international student scholarship program of choice. A Memorial Service is planned for August 11th, 2-5pm in the Wedgewood Clubhouse, 90 Wedgewood Dr., 14221.

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