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James L. Lalime, attorney, ECC instructor

May 22, 1936 – April 19, 2016

James L. Lalime, of Amherst, a former FBI special agent, lawyer and Erie Community College instructor, died Tuesday in Beechwood Homes, Getzville, after a short illness. He was 79.

Born in Boston, Mass., the second youngest of nine children, he was a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, where he was senior class president, and earned his juris doctor degree from Suffolk Law School, where he was head of the Bar Review. He served in the Army Reserves.

Mr. Lalime became an FBI special agent in 1960, was assigned to Buffalo, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, then was sent to language school in California to learn Italian and Sicilian. He returned to Buffalo in 1964 and worked with the FBI until 1969.

In 1970, he began a law practice, Thielman and Lalime, with another FBI special agent in downtown Buffalo. Twelve years later, he moved his office to Amherst, where he practiced as James Lalime and Associates until 2004. He then was an assistant professor of criminal justice at ECC South Campus from 2007 until he retired in January. He was chairman of the Criminal Justice Department from 2008 to 2014.

He was active in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, where he was an usher and a eucharistic minister. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club. He was a former chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

An avid golfer, he was a former member of the Brookfield Country Club.

He and his high school sweetheart, the former Joan A. Dwyer, were married in 1959.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Susanne Vogel and Judy; a son, James M.; a brother, Col. Thomas R. “Ralph”; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 8:45 a.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.