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Harry T. Dixon, a prominent local lawyer, died Wednesday (Aug. 19, 1998) at his Williamsville home after a brief illness. He was 69.

Born in Buffalo, Dixon graduated from Kensington High School in 1948. He graduated from Canisius College in 1952 and attended the University of Buffalo School of Law, where he was second in the 1955 graduating class and was a member of the Law Review.

In the late 1950s, Dixon was a founding partner of the law firm Dixon, DeMarie & Szymoniak. He maintained his law practice for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1995.

In 1952, Dixon married his high school sweetheart, Elsie A. Schlau, who died in 1997.

He was an avid sailor and loved the beach. As a teen-ager, he spent summers working as a head lifeguard at Crystal Beach, Ont. He and his wife traveled extensively and spent winters at their home in Venice, Fla. Also a dance lover, he was proud of teaching his grandchildren how to dance.

Dixon was a member of the Erie County Bar Association, the Erie County Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. He was also a member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ont.) Sailing Club.

He is survived by two sons, Harry T. Jr. and Michael B., both of Williamsville; a daughter, Claudia M. Kuechle of Getzville; and six grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the University at Buffalo Newman Center Chapel, 490 Frontier Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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