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May 14, 1930 – Feb. 4, 2014

Calbraith Perry Champlin Jr., of Amherst, a retired steel company executive, died Tuesday in ElderWood at Williamsville Nursing Home, Amherst. He was 83.

Born in Buffalo, he was the great-great-great-grandson of Capt. (later Commodore) Stephen Champlin, a cousin of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and a major figure in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812 . He fired the first and last shots of the battle against the British.

The Champlins were founding settlers of Portsmouth and Newport in Rhode Island.

Mr. Champlin attended Amherst High School and graduated from the Severn School in Maryland. He was a 1952 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

He served in the Air Force as a first lieutenant and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War.

Returning from service, he joined Strong Steel Foundry Co., which was founded in Buffalo by his grandfather, Oliver Hazard Perry Champlin, in 1908.

He became president in 1960 after the death of his father and sold the business in 1972.

Later he served as an executive at Worthington, Atlas Steel Casting Corp. and Pennsylvania Steel.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Joan E. Dunn; four sons, Calbraith P. III, Stephen M., Todd A. and David M.; a daughter, Patricia J.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham will lead a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.