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Sept. 8, 1931 – April 17, 2014

Bernard McCarthy Naylon Jr., of Buffalo, whose career in sales in the chemical industry spanned 48 years, died April 17 in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Lafayette High School and attended the University of Buffalo.

He served in the Air Force in the Korean War as a staff sergeant with the 509th Fighter Bomber Squadron.

He also took part in the above-ground testing of atomic bombs at Yucca Flat, Nev.

Mr. Naylon joined Chemical Sales Corp., later Chemcore, a Buffalo-based wholesale chemicals distributor, as a sales representative in 1958, then went to Chemical Waste Management in 1970.

He returned to Chemcore as sales manager from 1981 to 1996, then went to Chemical Distributors Inc. He retired in 2006.

In the 1970s, he served as president of the Chemical Association of Western New York and the Buffalo Paint and Coatings Association. He also was a member of the National Paint and Coatings Association.

A sailing enthusiast, he was a 50-year member of the Buffalo Yacht Club and a member of the Buffalo Canoe Club and the Canandaigua Yacht Club.

Mr. Naylon also enjoyed ice boating and was fond of terrier dogs.

He was a supporter of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former A. Elizabeth “Betsy” Zimmermann; a son, Bernard III; two daughters, Lisa A. and Claire M. Vaccaro; and three grandchildren.

Services were held April 26 in St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 128 Pearl St.