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George J. Saab, 83, a longtime Lackawanna lawyer, died Saturday (Sept. 23, 2000) in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness.

Saab was a Lackawanna native who graduated from South Park High School, Canisius College and the University of Buffalo Law School.

He had a general law practice in Lackawanna for decades and also was assistant city attorney and acting City Court judge there.

Saab was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater as a navigator aboard a B-24 bomber attached to the 5th Bomber Command.

Known for a quick wit and hard-charging personality, Saab was well liked both by clients, whose interests he took seriously, and by legal colleagues.

"Other lawyers thought the world of him," recalled his nephew, Jerome Saab. "They respected his knowledge of the law and appreciated his willingness to share it. He was a gentleman."

Saab was a member of the Erie County and New York State bar associations.

He was one of Buffalo's most accomplished bridge players and was active in the Frontier Bridge Club. He also was a member of South Shore and East Aurora country clubs, where he was an enthusiastic and frequent golfer.

His wife, Anna Marie O'Brien Saab, died in 1985.

He is survived by a daughter, Jeannine Kohl of Orchard Park; two sons, George J. of Las Vegas and Mark J. of South Buffalo; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 450 Abbott Road.

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