Louis Z. Almasi Sr. of Orchard Park, a retired judge and attorney, died Sunday at home after a brief illness. He was 80.
Born in Hungary, Mr. Almasi moved to Lackawanna with his family at age 5. He lived there and in the City of Tonawanda before moving to Orchard Park. He moved to Ocala, Fla., in 1975 and back to Orchard Park last October.
Mr. Almasi was an apprentice seaman in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received a law degree from Cornell University Law School.
He specialized in corporate and immigration law from 1955 until retiring in 2005. In the 1960s, he was a judge for the City of Tonawanda.
He was a former grand knight in the Knights of Columbus and a member of the alumni clubs of Notre Dame and Cornell.
Mr. Almasi had numerous interests, including opera and theater. He had performed in off-Broadway plays in New York and wrote several one-act plays.
He was a licensed pilot and an engaging storyteller.
He also enjoyed bowling and Hungarian cooking.
Survivors include two daughters, Maria Shea and Maureen O'Neill, both of Orchard Park; a son, Louis Z. Jr. of Seattle; and 12 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. John
Lutheran Church, 4536 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Burial is private.