Samuel R. Miserendino of Angola, a prominent trial attorney, died Tuesday in Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fla., after a sudden illness. He was 79.
A native of Silver Creek, Mr. Miserendino was class president and valedictorian at Silver Creek High School before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17. He served as an officer during World War II and served again in Korea.
He also was a graduate of the University of Rochester, with a degree in chemical engineering, and later earned his law degree from the University of Buffalo. He served as associate editor of the Buffalo Law Review.
Following law school, Mr. Miserendino served as a legal assistant to a state appellate court judge and later as an assistant to the U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights.
Mr. Miserendino was a senior partner in the firm of Miserendino, Celniker, Seegert & Estoff, which he founded in Buffalo in 1958. He was a trial lawyer for 48 years and was recognized for his work in personal injury litigation.
He was listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," taught at UB and served as town attorney and chairman of the zoning board for the Town of Evans. He and his wife, the former Beverly Brown of Angola, also traveled the world, including a tour of China with a delegation of lawyers and judges invited by the Chinese government.
Mr. Miserendino, an avid and accomplished golfer, was a member of the Wanakah Country Club. He also enjoyed opera, poetry and walking.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Lisa of Barcelona, Spain, Joy of Orchard Park and Jeanne of Paris, France; a son, Samuel R. Jr. of Buffalo; and nine grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola. Burial will be in Forest Avenue Cemetery, Angola.