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Louis F. Avino Jr., attorney for HUD Sept. 25, 1952 -- Jan. 23, 2012

Louis Francis Avino Jr. of Buffalo, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, died Monday due to complications from a brain tumor. He was 59.

Born in Huntington, L.I., he moved to Central New York with his family as a teen and graduated from Newark High School in 1970. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Brockport State College and a master's degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.

After working for HUD for several years, he attended Cornell University Law School, graduating in 1983. After several years in private practice, he returned to HUD as an attorney in the office of the chief counsel.

At HUD, he played a key role in obtaining financing for construction of health care facilities, including the new Global Vascular Institute at Buffalo General Hospital and the new Highpoint on Michigan Skilled Nursing Facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The father of three sons, he coached Little League baseball in Shoshone Park for six years and was present on the sidelines at their football and lacrosse games. He also was a supporter of athletics at Nichols School, which his sons attended.

He also loved the outdoors, was an active conservationist and enjoyed spending time in the Adirondacks.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, the former Rhonda Fiermonte; three sons, James,

Joseph and Matthew; his parents, Louis and Virginia; two brothers, Charles and James; and two sisters, Gina and Donna.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

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