on March 13, 2013 - 2:43 AM
Feb. 14, 1923 – March 8, 2013
Charles Morgan Epes Jr., past president and last chairman of Armstrong-Roth-Cady, one of Buffalo’s oldest insurance firms, died Friday in his Buffalo home after a long illness. He was 90.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kenmore Junior High School, Nichols School and Princeton University. He served in the Army Air Forces with the 448th Bombardment Group in World War II, flying more than 30 missions in Europe.
In 1947, Mr. Epes joined his father in the insurance business and was elected president of Armstrong-Roth-Cady in 1960. He became chairman of the board in 1972 and served until the firm was sold in 1988.
He was president of the Independent Insurance Agents Association and served on the boards of the Buffalo Community Music School, the QRS Recital Series, the Girl Scout Development Board, Concord Ski Club and Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.
After the war, he flew his own small airplane and later flew sailplanes in Batavia and Dansville. He also was an avid skier, runner, tennis player, car enthusiast, environmentalist and chamber music fan.
In 1939, at age 16, he and two friends were pictured in Popular Science Monthly magazine, having built a small power boat with a resinous plywood hull, a new technology at the time.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Carolyn Livingston, and two sons, William M. and Charles L.
A memorial service will be scheduled in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.