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Drew Kinder

February 19, 2022

Visitation: No prior visitation.
Service: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Memorial
Service is being planned for the future. KINDER – Drew
December 7, 2020. Dear husband of Mary Therese Kinder, adored father of Katie Potenza (Chris Potenza), Molly Kinder (Jayme Johnson), and Colleen Kinder (Owen Murray); beloved grandfather to Mary Cate, Will, and Drew Potenza; Harry and Bridget Johnson; and Maeve Kinder-Murray. Drew is survived by his brother and sister, Stuart Kinder and Gini Kinder. The son of Harry and Gloria Kinder, Drew was born on May 30, 1947 and raised in Willows, California. Drew attended college at University of Colorado Boulder, and earned his MBA at San Francisco State. Drew was a US Navy pilot and met his wife Mary Therese while stationed in Alameda, California. They were married forty three years. An entrepreneur and leader in the American seed industry, Drew founded Kinder Seed, Inc. in Buffalo in 1988, and served as president of the American Seed Trade Association from 2001-2002. After selling Kinder Seed, he started an internet-based company,, and also devoted himself to volunteer work for the global nonprofit BRAC, which sent him to Uganda, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Passionate about history and the city of Buffalo, Drew gave tours of the Darwin Martin House, Silo City, and the Buffalo Naval and Military Park. Golf was another life passion and Drew played often at Crag Burn Golf Club. After a five-month struggle with brain cancer, Drew died on December 7th, 2020. He was surrounded by his wife, daughters, grandchildren, and sons-in-law during his final days. He will be fiercely missed. Drew is interred at Gethsemane Cemetery. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, a Memorial
Service is being planned for the future. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy or Hospice Buffalo, Inc., in Drew’s name are most appreciated.


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