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Jay E. Brett, longtime Buffalo lawyer, Army veteran

June 4, 1931 – June 25, 2013

Jay E. Brett, a longtime Buffalo lawyer, died Tuesday. He was 82.

Born in Somerville, N.J., Mr. Brett moved to Buffalo during his high school years and attended Lafayette High School.

He went on to graduate from Cornell University, where he was involved with the debate team and was a member of the ROTC.

Mr. Brett served in the Army in Korea.

Using his ROTC scholarship, he put himself through Harvard Law School.

Mr. Brett worked at the Cohen Swados law firm for about 40 years before moving to the smaller Blair & Roach firm in 2001.

Long after graduating, he maintained his ties to Cornell and interviewed applicants for the school.

Mr. Brett was a member of the Cornell Club and Amherst’s Republican Committee.

He was a longtime fan of the Buffalo Sabres.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marcia; two daughters, Julie P. Brett-Battleman and Amy Brett Mester; a son, Peter B.; and a sister, Bernice Brett Lennhoff.

Services will be private.

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