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John Patrick Patti Sr., Family Court magistrate

March 17, 1931 – Jan. 31, 2016

John Patrick Patti Sr., 84, a lawyer who became an Erie County Family Court support magistrate, died in Harris Hill Rehabilitation Center on Sunday following a long illness.

Patti, a Buffalo native who spent many years as a resident of Amherst, had a decades-long career in the law.

He was a lawyer with a practice from 1954 to 1984, and then became a magistrate in Family Court.

He held that position until 2003.

Patti went to Grover Cleveland High School, graduating in 1948. He got his bachelor’s degree in law at the University of Buffalo. He then earned his law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1954.

Patti served as a private in the Army in the 1950s.

Patti was a member of the Transit Valley Country Club and Buffalo Trap and Field and a member of the American Arbitration Association.

He was honored for his work in the law during his life, including recognition from the UB Law School’s alumni association and from Family Court.

When he retired in 2003 after 18 years as a support magistrate, he was honored for being the longest tenured support magistrate in Erie County Family Court.

He was Catholic.

Survivors include his wife, the former Josephine Terranova; a son, John Patrick Jr.; two daughters, Michele Marie Kasimor and Melinda Jo Bischel; a sister, Charlene Gennuso; a brother, Samuel Patti; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church on Maple Road in Amherst.