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Harry E. Lorenzo, longtime Buffalo attorney

Oct. 27, 1924 – Feb. 19, 2017

Harry E. Lorenzo, of Williamsville, a Buffalo attorney for 58 years, died Sunday in Elderwood Health Care at Lancaster. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, the youngest of 12 children, he grew up in the Genesee-Bailey neighborhood and was a graduate of Kensington High School.

Harry E. Lorenzo

He served in the Army during World War II as a paratrooper with the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion. He took part in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.

At the end of the war, he volunteered to serve as an investigator with graves registration units searching for and relocating American and British paratroopers killed and buried by the Germans during the assault on the Rhine River bridge at Arnhem, the battle recounted in the film “A Bridge Too Far.”

Returning from service, he attended the University of Buffalo and earned his juris doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1951.

He entered a law practice with his brother Arthur and specialized in civil litigation, continuing to practice with a succession of associates.

The firm was Lorenzo and Cohen when he retired in 2009.

An accomplished pianist without formal training, he enjoyed recording many of his piano selections, which he gave to many of his friends.

He was a life member of USS Maine Post 73, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a former member of Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion. He also was a member of the Brookfield Country Club.

A Williamsville resident since 1962, he was a 55-year member of Christ the King Catholic Church.

His wife of 58 years, the former Katherine A. “Kay” Vagnozzi, died last February. He and his wife owned Esmond’s Restaurant in Amherst from 1990-96.

Survivors include two daughters, Michele Staskiewicz and Jacqueline Donius; a brother, Arthur; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.

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