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2017-10-11 / Obituaries

John T. Hoskins Sr., philanthropist, business executive


Hoskins Hoskins John T. Hoskins Sr., 76, of Williamsville, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

Mr. Hoskins was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1941. He graduated from Albany High School and in 1963, earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University. He was the former CEO and chairman of the Curtis Screw Company.

Mr. Hoskins pioneered many improvements in the manufacture of automotive components, including the Quick-Disconnect system now manufactured by Jiffy-Tite of Lancaster. In 1982, he founded the company’s Premier Precision division in Cornelius, North Carolina, and purchased Sheldon Precision Co. in Prospect, Connecticut, in 1998.

He served as chairman of the Buffalo State College Council, the Millard Fillmore Health System and the Canisius College Business Advisory Council and was president of the Precision Machined Products Association.

Mr. Hoskins also served on the board of directors of the Buffalo Rotary Club, Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation, Millard Fillmore Health Education and Research Foundation, and Merchants Mutual Insurance Company.

He received the following awards: the 1993 Frank T. McGinnis Merit Award and the 1993 Community Champion Award and in 1998 was awarded membership to Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honor society of business and management.

His passions included astronomy, photography and gardening, and he also was an accomplished fisherman and hunter.

Mr. Hoskins is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan (nee Smith); two children, Beth Lynne and John; two grandchildren; and three siblings, George “Jerry,” James and Charles. A funeral service was held on Oct. 7 at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were made by the Amigone Funeral Home Inc.

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