William J. Arthur, a pioneer in Industrial Plastics, passed away on Aug. 12. He was 82.
After graduating from the first engineering class at the University of Buffalo in 1948, he served in the Korean War as a ground support equipment officer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base with a rank of Captain.
After his military service, he founded An-Cor Industrial Plastics, Inc. in 1960 and was known as an expert engineer and innovator of fiberglass reinforced plastic industrial equipment. He was honored for his dedication and contribution to the industry. Mr. Arthur was past chairman of the Society of Plastics Industry, past chairman of the Western New York/Niagara Frontier section of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, a member of Calgary Episcopal Church for 30 years, serving as an usher and on many committees, was a Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 564.
In 1983, Mr. Arthur moved to Sanibel where he was a member of The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, The Sanctuary Golf Club and the Shell Point Golf Club. He was president of the Village of Sanibel’s Commercial Condo Unit Owners Association, and many committees dedicated to maintaining the wild life, serenity and beauty of Sanibel, where he resided for 25 years.
He most recently lived at Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, where he enjoyed golfing and attending the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ. He was especially fond of playing games with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his beloved wife Virginia (Merrill) of 55 Years, two sons Merrill and his wife Betsy, Gary and his wife Marcy, and six grandchildren Kelly, Christopher, Erin, Victoria, Lindsey and Haley. He was preceded in death by his brothers Douglas L. and Donald W. Arthur.
In lieu of any generosities extended to the family, donations can be sent to the William J. Arthur Memorial Scholarship Fund, FRP Institute, 3221 Southwestern Blvd. #139 Orchard Park, NY 14127. This scholarship has been established in honor of William’s achievements as one of the fiberglass industry’s founding fathers with the purpose of helping high school seniors interested in pursuing an industrial career as a mechanical engineer.
A memorial service was held on Aug. 18 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville, N.Y.