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Philip C. Barth, 99, attorney, active in community
Oct. 1, 1906 -- Feb. 6, 2006

Philip C. Barth of Williamsville, a prominent area attorney who was active in the community, died Monday at his winter home in Juno Beach, Fla., after a brief illness. He was 99.

Mr. Barth was born in Buffalo and graduated from Canisius High School. He went straight to the University of Buffalo Law School, graduating in 1927.

One year later, he established the law firm of Barth, Sullivan & Lancaster. The firm continues to this day as Barth, Sullivan & Behr and is now headed by his grandson, Philip C. III.

Mr. Barth was a practicing attorney in Buffalo for more than 70 years and never formally retired.

He was active in many civic, legal and charitable organizations, including the Federation of Insurance and Corporation Counsel, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Association of Defense Counsel and the American Bar Association.

Locally, he served as president of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, Black Rock Businessmen's Association, Buffalo Niagara Frontier Business Federation and the Ellicott Club, the holding group of the Buffalo Athletic Club.

Mr. Barth also served on the board of directors of the local chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and was a member of the Buffalo Club, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Buffalo Trap & Field Club, Canisius High School Founders Club and the Bishop's Board of Governors of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Until the last few months of his life, Mr. Barth bicycled up to seven miles per day. He also enjoyed spending time at his summer home on Lake Ontario in Lyndonville.

His wife of 66 years, Mary K. Eustace Barth, died in 1995.

Survivors include three sons, Philip C. Jr. of Juno Beach; Dr. Eric B. of Park Rapids, Minn., and Roger V. of Bethesda., Md.; two daughters, Sue Staropoli of Rochester and Shari McCarthy of Naples, Fla.; 31 grandchildren; and 51 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. Prayers will be said at 10:15 in Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, 5541 Main St., Williamsville. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

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