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Paul A. Peters, attorney, Vietnam War veteran ; Dec. 29, 1940 -- June 19, 2010

Paul A. Peters, an attorney specializing in commercial law and bankruptcy, died unexpectedly Saturday in his Amherst home. He was 69.

Born Paul Pietrzak in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Diocesan Preparatory Seminary and in 1962 earned a bachelor's degree in English from Canisius College, where he was a member of the Army ROTC.

He served with the Army in the Vietnam War in the 11th Armored Cavalry and was awarded the Bronze Star. Attaining the rank of captain, he later was an ROTC instructor at Middlebury College. Leaving the Army in 1971, he earned his law degree from the University at Buffalo Law School.

Mr. Peters joined the firm of Brizdle & Hankin, which later merged with Saperston & Day and Hiscock & Barclay. Since 2008, he was semiretired and was an attorney of counsel at the firm of Bulan, Chiari, Horowitz & Ilecki.

A member of the American Bar Association, he was editor-in-chief of a best-selling legal reference book and was an expert on collections and mortgage foreclosures.

He provided legal aid for the elderly pro bono and received the Volunteer Lawyers Project Award in 2001. He was an avid reader and gardener.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Kathleen A. Burek, and two daughters, Lisa, and Rachel Razza.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.


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