John T. Frizzell, a career attorney and former president of the Erie County Bar Association, died unexpectedly Monday in his Town of Hamburg home. He was 76.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Frizzell graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute before enrolling in Canisius College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in math and history. His passion for history and politics then led him to enroll in the University of Buffalo Law School.
After graduating, he served three years as a lawyer in the Marine Corps before returning to Hamburg. His son Thomas said his father once had to defend a Marine who was arrested in Mexico after accidently shooting his friend.
Mr. Frizzell then took on civil litigation and product liability law. He worked as a partner at Williams, Stevens, McCarville & Frizzell for 30 years before joining Hiscock & Barclay.
Mr. Frizzell served one term as president of the Erie County Bar Association and was a director the Erie Bar Foundation for several years. He was a member of the New York State Advisory Committee on Civil Practice.
"What he liked about law is that it changes constantly," his son said.
Mr. Frizzell, an avid golfer who enjoyed cross-country skiing, served as vice president of Wanakah Country Club. He also served on the board of directors of Trocaire College.
His wife of 49 years, Patricia O'Connell Frizzell, died in 2005.
In addition to his son, survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Murray and Margaret, and a sister, Frances Considine.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, S-4737 Lake Shore Road, Town of Hamburg.