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Lawrence A. Picchione, popular federal courthouse guard

Nov. 8, 1943 – July 12, 2014

Never was Lawrence A. Picchione more appreciated by federal court workers than the day he spent in a howling windstorm Jan. 30, 2008.

When the icy winds were literally knocking people off their feet, the strong 64-year-old security guard spent the full day outdoors, helping one person after another get into the old Michael Dillon Courthouse on Niagara Square without injury.

The following month, Mr. Picchione received a special award for service “far above the call of duty” from then-Chief U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

“Larry was liked and respected by the judges and everyone else here. He was one of the most beloved figures in the courthouse family,” recalled District Court Clerk Michael J. Roemer.

His old friends at the court are mourning Mr. Picchione. He died July 12, apparently of a heart attack, while visiting a historic Italian village with his wife of 50 years, the former Starr Whitney, their three children and two grandchildren. He was 70.

“It was supposed to be a trip to celebrate our 50 years together. Instead, it was a terrible nightmare,” said Starr Picchione.

Mr. Picchione enjoyed golfing at the Brighton and Sheridan courses in the Town of Tonawanda. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing at Silver Lake.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Picchione is survived by a daughter, Starr Pane; two sons, Todd and Jacob; a sister, Ada DeSabio, and a brother, Frederick DiCarlo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Timothy Catholic Church, 563 East Park Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

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