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Milton A. Lesses, fine-arts appraiser Sept. 27, 1919 -- Jan. 28, 2006

Milton A. Lesses, a longtime Buffalo-area resident who worked as a furniture salesman and fine-arts appraiser, died unexpectedly Saturday at his Scottsdale, Ariz., home. He was 86.

Born in Kingston, Ont., he moved to Buffalo as a boy. He moved to Amherst in 1970, to Florida in 1977 and to Arizona about 1997.

A sergeant in the Army during World War II, he served in South America.

Mr. Lesses graduated from the University of Southern California.

For 25 years, he worked as a furniture salesman at Gardner Furniture in Amherst. Upon moving to Florida, he embarked on a second career as a fine-arts and antiques appraiser.

Mr. Lesses loved to play the piano and read.

He was the widower of Lois White Lesses.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Florence Ament; three daughters, Pam Swarz of Scottsdale, Carole Petrillo of Thetford, Vt., and Amy Morgenstern of Cleveland; three sons, Glenn of Charleston, S.C., Elliott of Santa Fe, N.M., and Randy Main of Buffalo; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday in Arizona.

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