John Hoskins, Sr. Obituary

John  T.  Hoskins, Sr.
John T. Hoskins, Sr.

May 3, 1941 - October 1, 2017
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resided in Williamsville, New York
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October 1, 2017, age 76, beloved husband of Susan (nee Smith) Hoskins; dear father of Beth Lynne Hoskins and John TeBrake (Amy) Hoskins; loving grandfather of Alexandria Joy Hoskins and John TeBrake Hoskins, III; brother of George L. “Jerry” (Barbara) Hoskins, James (Phyllis) Hoskins and Charles (late Karen) Hoskins; also survived by nieces and nephews. There will be no prior visitation. Funeral Services will be held Saturday October 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church, One Symphony Cir. Buffalo, NY. Family and friends invited. Private Burial will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Hoskin's memory to Arrangements by AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC. Please share your condolences at

John T. Hoskins, Sr., philanthropist, business executive.
John T. Hoskins, former CEO and chairman of Curtis Screw Company, died peacefully Sunday morning in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 76. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1941, Mr. Hoskins graduated from Albany High School and in 1963 earned his BBA degree from Ohio University. He was highly respected as a competent and decisive executive in the WNY community. Under his leadership, annual sales at Curtis Screw, which he owned jointly with his wife, Susan, increased from $7,ooo,ooo to $75,000,000. Hoskins pioneered many improvements in the manufacture of automotive components, including the Quick-Disconnect system now manufactured by Jiffy-Tite of Lancaster. In 1982, he founded the company’s Premier Precision division in Cornelius, NC,
and purchased Sheldon Precision Co. in Prospect, CT in 1998. His companies once employed more than 500 across three plants in three states. Deeply involved in the Buffalo community, he devoted much of his time and talents to non-profit, business and cultural organizations. He served as Chairman of the Buffalo State College Council, Chairman of Millard Fillmore Health System, Chairman
of the Canisius College Business Advisory Council, and President of the Precision Machined Products Association. He also served on the board of directors of Buffalo Rotary Club, Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation, Millard Fillmore Health Education and Research Foundation, and Merchants Mutual Insurance Company. He was also involved in the building of the new Burchfield Penny Arts Center. Hoskins, in concert with his wife also worked to improve access to quality educational opportunities for minority and underprivileged youth in Western New York through their involvement and support of Buffalo Prep. In 1993, he was extremely proud to receive the Frank T. McGinnis Merit Award, the highest award of the Precision Machined Products Association. Also in 1993, the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society bestowed their Community Champion Award on Hoskins. In 1998, he was awarded honorary membership to Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Honor Society of Business and Management. Hoskins was considered a renaissance man. His passions included astronomy, photography, and he was an avid gardener. He was an accomplished fisherman and
hunter. His love of the outdoors extended to the water where he raced sailboats, and earned his title as a US Merchant Marine officer. Hoskins was a long-time member of Tee Pee Farm, The Country Club of Buffalo, The Buffalo Club, Orchard Park Country Club, Buffalo Yacht Club, Wanakah Country Club, Longboat Key Club, and Laurel Oak Country Club.
May 3, 1941 -- Oct. 1, 2017

In Buffalo for the summer while studying at Ohio University, John Hoskins stopped into a Twin Fair store to buy a copy of the hit TV theme, “Mr. Lucky.”

Cashing him out was another Ohio University student, Susan Smith, whose father a few years earlier had acquired Curtis Screw Co., which made machined parts for manufacturers.

They became friends and, when they returned to college, dated. After he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business education in 1963, they were married and he joined his father-in-law’s company.

He went on to become president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board.

Mr. Hoskins died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. He was 76.

John T. Hoskins Sr. was born May 3, 1941, in Milwaukee, Wis., the second of four boys, and his family moved frequently while he was growing up. When he was in college, they were living in Clarence.

Mr. Hoskins began at Curtis Screw in an entry-level office job.

“He was the low man on the totem pole,” his son John Jr. said. “He worked his way up through the ranks.”

In 1978, he purchased the company from his father-in-law and increased business dramatically.

"He installed the quality systems required to attract the automotive business," his son said. "The company got involved with high volume jobs that you never take off the machine.”

Under his leadership, Curtis Screw won contracts with major automakers, General Motors and Ford. It opened a second plant in North Carolina and a third plant in Buffalo. In 1998, it purchased Sheldon Precision Co. in Prospect, Conn., which makes parts for medical devices and other applications.

In 1989, Mr. Hoskins stepped aside as president and continued as chief executive officer and chairman of the board.

The company sold its automotive division in 2014 to a Chicago-based company, MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions, and now is Maclean Curtis. It retained Sheldon Precision, which is now headed by his son.

Mr. Hoskins also fostered the recent growth of SUNY Buffalo State. Appointed chairman of the Buffalo State College Council by Gov. George E. Pataki in 1998, he played a prominent role in major fundraising campaigns, including the drive to build a new facility for the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

“He was a great believer in the mission of the college and dedicated an amazing amount of his time and resources to help strengthen the college," said Muriel Howard, president of Buffalo State from 1996 to 2009. "John genuinely cared about students and always made time to encourage and talk with them when he was on campus.”

He and his wife established a fellowship in the college’s art conservation program and endowed a scholarship fund for technology students. For many years, they hosted a reception on graduation day for hospitality and tourism majors and their families.

The couple received the Buffalo State College Foundation’s Leadership by Example Award in 2008 and the President’s Distinguished Service Award from the college in 2011.

They were active in Buffalo Prep, which helps underprivileged students find success in high school and college.

Mr. Hoskins served as chairman of the Millard Fillmore Health System and the Canisius College Business Advisory Council, and was president of the Precision Machined Products Association. He was a board member of the Buffalo Rotary Club, the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corp. and Merchants Mutual Insurance Co.

He received many awards, including the New York State Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention, the Community Champion Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Precision Machined Products Association’s highest honor, the Frank T. McGinnis Merit Award. In 1998, he became an honorary member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Honor Society of Business and Management.

He was a longtime member of the Country Club of Buffalo, Buffalo Club, Orchard Park Country Club, Buffalo Yacht Club, Wanakah Country Club and Longboat Key Club. In recent years, he maintained a winter home in Florida.

An accomplished fisherman and hunter, his interests also included astronomy, photography, sailing and gardening.

“Whatever he got into as a hobby, he would take it to the expert level,” his son said.

He raced sailboats on Wednesday nights on Lake Erie and earned a Merchant Marine captain’s license. He created an extensive rose garden, took professional-grade photos and set up a 12-inch telescope, from which he trained his camera on distant galaxies.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include a daughter, Beth Lynne; three brothers, George L. “Jerry,” James and Charles; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle.




First Presbyterian Church (Buffalo)
1 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Saturday, October 7, 2017
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