Norman E. Kuehnel, a Hamburg attorney and former Hamburg town justice, died Saturday at his home in Point Abino, Ont., following a brief illness. He was 74.
The Lackawanna native grew up in Blasdell and graduated from Blasdell High School.
Mr. Kuehnel had a bachelor's degree from the University of Buffalo and a law degree and juris doctor of law degree from UB Law School.
He practiced law for more than 50 years in his private firm in Hamburg and was recognized by the Erie County Bar Association in May for his long service.
For many years, Mr. Kuehnel also owned and operated three orange orchards in south central Florida, where he owned a winter home.
He served during the 1950s and 1960s as justice of the peace in the Village of Blasdell and as Hamburg town justice.
Mr. Kuehnel was a longtime member of the Buffalo Yacht Club, and he and his family spent many summers living aboard a 40-foot trawler docked at Point Abino. He later sold the yacht and purchased a summer home there.
Mr. Kuehnel was a member of Longboat Island Chapel and past president of the Southshore Rotary Club.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, the former Cindy Boss; a daughter, Kristin Dyment of Cos Cob, Conn.; two sisters, Helga Sotiriou of Baltimore, and Karen Steger of Orchard Park; a brother, Ralf of Great Falls, Va.; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today in Holloway Memorial Chapel, Point Abino, Ont. Burial was in Lakeside Memorial Park, Hamburg.