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John M. McKee, lawyer, collected antique cars<br> June 24, 1927 -- Dec. 19, 2010

John M. McKee, a World War II veteran who practiced law in Buffalo for more than 50 years, died Sunday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo, after a long illness. He was 83.

A Buffalo native, Mr. McKee attended Technical High School before enlisting in the Navy in 1945. He served aboard the USS Topeka in Tokyo Bay.

Mr. McKee was honorably discharged in 1946, then attended the University of Buffalo with a scholarship courtesy of the GI Bill. He graduated with a law degree in 1952.

Mr. McKee eventually went on to become senior partner with the firm of McKee, Phelps & Bowman.

He was a collector of antique cars, often entering them in shows and being awarded first place or best in show. He restored a 1935 Ford Roadster and a 1939 Packard Brunn convertible.

Survivors include three brothers, William, Paul and Edward; and two sisters, Ruth Bauer and Judith Tack. Services are private.


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