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Maynard C. Schaus Jr., a longtime Western New York trial lawyer who specialized in civil cases involving uninsured motorists, died Thursday (Jan. 20, 2000) in his Davenport, Fla., home.

Schaus, 72, lost a 10-year battle with spinal meningitis.

Born in North Buffalo, he attended St. Margaret's School and graduated from Canisius High School, Canisius College and the University of Buffalo Law School.

At Canisius High School in the 1940s, he was an outstanding basketball and football player under the late coach John F. Barnes.

After a year in the Marine Corps near the end of World War II, Schaus entered Canisius College on a basketball scholarship and played on teams coached by Earl Brown and Joe Niland. His teammates included Hank O'Keefe, Bob McKinnon, Don Hartnett and the late Mort O'Sullivan. Schaus wrote a column for the college newspaper, the Griffin, was on the sports staff of the yearbook and was a member of the Di Gamma Honor Society.

After graduating in 1950, he entered UB Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Buffalo Law Review.

Upon receiving his law degree in 1953, he entered general practice with his father, Maynard C. Schaus Sr. When the elder Schaus died unexpectedly, a younger son, Robert, joined the firm, and the two brothers remained partners for more than 35 years.

Maynard was a member of the Erie County Bar Association and served on its Grievance Committee for many years. He also was a member of to the New York State Bar Association.

After giving up private practice in 1985, he worked for the New York State Attorney Grievance Committee for four years before retiring.

Schaus lived in the Southtowns and was North Collins town attorney for many years before moving to Florida.

His first wife, Margaret, died in 1972. A son, John K., was murdered during a Bailey Avenue robbery in March 1995.

Survivors include his wife, the former Carol Keller; four sons, Maynard C. "Magilla" III, Kevin of East Otto, Steven of Gowanda and Joseph of Lindenwold, N.J.; four daughters, Sally Sullivan of Chicago, Margaret Stegner of Davenport, Iowa, Elizabeth Prusich of Marlton, N.J., and Molly Jackson of Eden; a sister, Mary Ann Murdock of Omaha, Neb.; two brothers, Robert of Naples, Fla., and Charles F. of the Town of Tonawanda; and nine grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Eden, after prayers in Demmerly Funeral Home, Hamburg.


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