on December 19, 2013 - 1:32 AM
Oct. 15, 1928 – Dec. 16, 2013
John K. “Jack” Adrian, of Williamsville, owner and president of a food wholesaling firm, died Monday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 85.
Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and was a graduate of East High School.
After high school, he joined J. Adrian and Sons, a retail and wholesale meat business that was established by his grandfather in 1889 and had a store on Genesee Street in the Pine Ridge neighborhood.
J. Adrian and Sons supplied hot dogs to venues for the three major Buffalo sports teams – the Bills, the Sabres and the Bisons – and provided hot dogs to the downtown baseball stadium during its first seasons.
The store was closed in the late 1970s ,and Mr. Adrian closed the business and retired in 1997.
He was a past president of the Greater Buffalo Meat Packers Association.
An avid outdoorsman who enjoyed sailing, he had a vacation home in Silver Lake.
Mr. Adrian also had a passion for automobiles and raced stock cars in Civic Stadium.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former MaryAnn Mackowski; three sons, Robert, Peter and John L.; a daughter, Jacqueline Humphrey; and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.