Brian J. Troy, a former partner in the law firm of Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, gourmet and world traveler, died Saturday (Sept. 23, 2000) in Cortland after a long illness. He was 57.
Troy spent most of his law career in the firm's labor and employment department, earning a reputation as one of Western New York's premier trial lawyers and national recognition as a labor and employment litigator.
He also served numerous media clients on First Amendment matters and was recognized in "Who's Who in America" and "The Best Lawyers in America."
A New York City native, Troy earned his bachelor's degree in 1964 and his law degree cum laude three years later from the University at Buffalo.
From 1970 to 1972, he was confidential law clerk to the late U.S. District Judge John O. Henderson. He also taught media law at Buffalo State College from 1976 to 1979.
In 1972, Troy met Norma J. Alesii, a model who was that year's Miss Buffalo. In the years before and after their 1987 wedding in the Rue Franklin, they were known for their love of fine food and travel and for giving lavish holiday parties.
They maintained a second home in Italy and took trips to many other places around the nation and the world. They attended opera at La Scala in Milan but were equally at home at Bills, Sabres and Bisons games, for which he held season tickets. His other passions included fishing, sports cars and gourmet cooking.
Troy was active in the New York State Management Attorneys Conference and was a past chairman of one of its conferences. He was a member of the Labor Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County and the labor sections of the New York State and American bar associations.
He gave many hours to the United Cerebral Palsy Association, Opportunities Unlimited and the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo. He also was a past director of the Tralfamadore Cafe and a past president of the Marina Park Home Owners Association.
He and his wife, who died of breast cancer in June 1999, were longtime members of many organizations, including Shea's Performing Arts Center, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the SPCA.
"They were multifaceted people," said Ms. Alesii's sister, Brenda Alesii.
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Venner of Albany; a brother, Fred of New York City; and a granddaughter.
A service will be held at noon Wednesday in Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.