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Aug. 1, 1917 – July 2, 2013

Irving J. “Jim” Gottlieb, a retired Buffalo-area remodeling contractor, died July 2 in Pompano Beach, Fla., after a short illness. He was 95.

Born in New York City, he worked in sales after graduating from high school and came to Buffalo at age 21.

Mr. Gottlieb founded AFO Remodeling and Construction in Buffalo and established branches in Rochester and Johnstown, Pa.

He also owned Gateway Aluminum Products in Rochester, manufacturing and selling doors and storm windows.

As a representative of Solaire Development Corp., he introduced solar-powered systems.

He helped organize the Home Improvement Industry Council in 1962 and served for 25 years in numerous posts, including treasurer, secretary and chairman of the Ethics Committee.

Mr. Gottlieb was a member of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and several other Chambers of Commerce.

He also was a member of the 100 Club of Buffalo and served as a director and volunteer at St. Luke Presbyterian Nursing Home.

He wintered in Pompano Beach for 40 years before moving there full time four years ago.

He was the widower of his first wife of 23 years, Anita, and his second wife of 31 years, Ia.

He was married 10 years ago to the former Dorothy Zdrojewski.

There will be no services.