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LAWRENCE J. STROH, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

Lawrence J. Stroh, president and owner of Stroh Electric Construction Corp., died June 18, 2001, in Autumn View Health Care Facility, Town of Hamburg, after a brief illness. He was 95.

He was born in Akron and lived in the Buffalo area his entire life. He owned and operated Stroh Electric Construction Corp. for more than 30 years before retiring in 1979.

Stroh was an area director of the Western New York State Association of Electrical Contractors. During the association's 100th anniversary in 1990, he was recognized as an industry pioneer for his dedication, sacrifice and skill.

He helped found the Western New York Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. He served as an officer and director of the national and state associations and was chairman of a number of their committees, including Labor Relations and Legislation.

An active Mason, Stroh was a member of Ismailia Shrine Temple and Blue Lodge, where he was a 32nd-degree Mason. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Ann Koerner of Orchard Park; a daughter, Jacqueline Stroh-Meahl Kollatz of Colden; two sons, Lawrence J. Jr. of East Amherst and Robert C. of Reno, Nev.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. July 8 in Churchill Memorial Methodist Church, 8019 Boston State Road, Boston.

He was buried in Forest Lawn.

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