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EDWARD SCHMITT, GOP COMMITTEEMAN, LAWYER

Edward Schmitt, 70, a prominent local attorney and Republican Party committeeman who ran for Erie County comptroller in 1969, died Tuesday (Dec. 28, 1999) in his Williamsville home after a brief illness.

A Rochester native, Schmitt moved to Buffalo as a young boy. He graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, Canisius College and the University of Buffalo Law School before serving for two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Schmitt practiced law in Buffalo for 43 years. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and was a member of the Erie County Bar Association. After joining the Young Republican Club, he became active in Republican Party circles, serving as a committeeman and running unsuccessfully for county comptroller against future Rep. Henry J. Nowak in 1969.

An active civic leader, Schmitt was past chairman of the Western New York chapter of the March of Dimes, past president of the St. Gregory Home School Association and a former Finance Committee member at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, where he was an active parishioner for 35 years.

Schmitt was an avid chess player, serving as president of the Niagara Frontier Chess Club for the past 10 years and promoting international chess tournaments in Western New York. He also was an active member of Park Country Club, where he was past chairman of the senior golfers.

He also founded the Michael G. Schmitt Scholarship Foundation at Canisius High School, created in the memory of his son, who died at a young age.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Joan Meidel; three daughters, Lisa Forsyth of Show Low, Ariz., Teresa Tramposch of East Amherst and Mary Jo McGonagle of Fairfield, Conn.; a son, Dr. Mark Schmitt of Syracuse; and nine grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9 a.m. Friday in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Snyder, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Gregory the Great Church, 100 St. Gregory Court, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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