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Donald W. Drake, retired attorney, veteran
Dec. 19, 1916 -- March 9, 2006

Donald W. Drake, a retired attorney and decorated veteran of World War II, died Thursday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital. He was 89.

Born in Corry, Pa., Mr. Drake was a graduate of Ebenezer High School there.

He earned his law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School. He maintained a private practice and also at one time was an assistant Niagara County attorney and assistant county public defender.

He was a former Dale Carnegie instructor, a past president of Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, and ran unsuccessfully for the State Senate in 1966.

He was an Army infantry veteran of WWII and fought in the invasion of Normandy. He earned five battle stars.

His wife of nearly 40 years, the former F. Delores Elia, died in 1996.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Loliger and Deborah Ctzech, both of Niagara Falls; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Morse & Son Chapel, 5917 Main St., Niagara Falls, Ont. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ont.


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