answering my own post in case it may help someone else. I did find that this was a family member. James L. Pass son of my 3rd grgrandparents, Richard and Ann (GREATBATCH) Pass.
Here is a copy of James' obituary in the Syracuse Journal, Oct. 31, 1913: (has photo) with corrected date for when he came to America, the paper had 1883 but this is an error.
James Pass, 57, one of the foremost businessmen of Syracuse, died last night at his home in Avery av. after an illness of ten days. He has been a sufferer of asthma for several years and a severe cold which he contracted last week aggravated the condition. Mr. Pass was president of the Pass & Seymour Company, Incorporated, of Solvay and vice president and general manager of the Onondaga Pottery Company of Syracuse and a director of the First National Bank. He was also a member of the Ceramic Society and at one time was presidrnt of the United States Potters Association. Among other organizations he was a member of the Century Club, Syracuse Country Club, Citizens Club, the Syracuse Section of the American Chemical Society and the Engineers Club of New York City.
Mr. Pass was born in Staffordshire, England. In 1863 his father, Richard Pass, a potter by profession, brought his family to America and settled in Trenton, N.J. Here in the public schools the education of Mr. Pass was largely aquired. At 13 he became an apprentice to a pottery maker in Trenton. At 18 he moved to this city and was appointed to the position of foreman of the Onondaga Pottery Company and under the jurisdiction of his father, who at that time was superintendent of the plant. He remained as foreman for six years and in 1881 went West.
In 1884, Mr. Pass returned to Syracuse and accepted a position as general manager of the Onondaga Pottery Co. In 1891 he became general superintendent and a short time later vice president.
Never content to follow only the path that others had mapped out he displayed a spirit of initiative in bringing forth new ideas and by his efforts made a continual upbuilding in the business of the company and increased the number of employes from 50 to the 700 of to-day. At first their output was earthenware only, but Mr. Pass developed what is known as Syracuse china, which now is its sole output and known all over the United States. In 1890 Mr. Pass became associated with Mr. Seymour and together they began the manufacture of porcelain for electrical insulation. Later they brought out a line of electrical supplies of their own device, which met with a large degree of success. The Pass & Seymour Company continued to grow and in 1901 papers of incorporation were taken out.
Mr. Pass married Adelaide M. Salisbury of Syracuse in 1890. Besides his wife, he is survived by three children, Eleanor S., Richard H., and James S. The funeral will be held from his late home Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o' clock.
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