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2018-04-11 / Obituaries

Reginald B. Newman II, former chairman of Noco Energy Corp.

Newman Newman Reginald B. Newman II, 80, of Williamsville, died Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Mr. Newman was born in Buffalo and attended Kenmore and Tonawanda schools. He was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track and field. He was president of the Kenmore Varsity Club and graduated from Kenmore High School in 1955.

Mr. Newman earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in 1959, where he was president of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. After graduation, he got a job at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, and went to law school at night.

One year later, he returned to Buffalo and became a salesman at R.B. Newman Fuel Corp., later Noco, in 1960. He and his late brother, Donald, expanded the business into the largest independent supplier of petroleum products in Western New York. He also served as president and chairman of the company from 1998 to his retirement in 2002.

Mr. Newman was a member of the Rotary Club of Buffalo, where he served as president from 1970 to 1971. He was also a member of the board of directors for the Albright Knox Art Gallery and chairman of the University at Buffalo Foundation from 1996 to 2008. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, reading, and jazz and classical music.

Mr. Newman is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol (nee Eggerss); two children, Wendy Pratt and Clark Newman; one sibling, Kathryn Feld; and four grandchildren.

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