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Former NOCO Chairman Reginald Newman dies unexpectedly at 80

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NOCO Energy Corp. is mourning the death of its former Chairman.

Reginald B. Newman II died unexpectedly Saturday at his winter home in Florida. He was 80 years old.

NOCO is a third-generation, family-owned and locally-operated company, founded in Tonawanda in 1933 by Newman's father. Reggie joined the company in 1960, first as a salesman and later expanding the company into one of the largest private sector employers in Western New York, with over 600 employees.

Perhaps as well known as the gas, heating oil and electric provided by NOCO is the company's donations to many non-profits in the Western New York community, including WNED-TV. Newman is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Wendy, son Clark, among other relations.

A memorial service will be held at a time to be announced.

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