Nov. 5, 1926 – Aug. 14, 2013
Raymond F. Roll Jr., a senior partner at one of Western New York’s largest law firms, died Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Utica, after a short illness. He was 86.
An Alden native, Mr. Roll graduated from Alden High School in 1944. Just four years later, he was admitted into the New York State Bar Association after receiving his law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School.
Mr. Roll went on to co-found a law firm with attorneys Seymour Schuller and, later, Evan James. In the 1960s, that partnership merged with Lipsitz, Green & Fahringer. At the time of Mr. Roll’s retirement in 2007, the resulting partnership – currently called Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP – was the sixth-largest law firm in the Buffalo area.
In 1949, Mr. Roll married his wife of 64 years, Loretta, after the two met at a party. The day after the party, he is said to have told a partner that he was going to get married. His wife died in July.
Mr. Roll was an active member of a number of local organizations, including the Knights of Columbus and the Alden Kiwanis Club, for which he served as resident and lieutenant governor. Chief among his hobbies was model aviation, which he enjoyed as a member of the RC Pulsers of Western New York. He also was a Bills season ticket holder.
A lifelong member of Alden’s St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mr. Roll was one of two permanent church trustees and also served on the church finance committee and parish council.
In 2001, the Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee named him Man of the Year.
Survivors include four daughters, Ann E. Fix, Mary J. Hoerner, Joan M. Anderson and Margaret A., and four sons, Lawrence J., Raymond F. III, Charles and Thomas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. John the Baptist Church, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden.