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Letter: Community has lost a great man and lawyer

Community has lost a great man and lawyer

The lawyers of Western New York who knew Philip H. Magner, who just died at age 87, will agree that he was probably the most singular professional who graced our courtrooms since World War II.

Magner grew up in Buffalo’s Central Park neighborhood, went to St. Joe’s and served in the Navy. He loved theater and good literature. He understood the eccentricities of our Irish, Polish, German and Italian communities. He was gifted in oral and written expression. He could turn a phrase better than anyone and was the best of company.

Magner, never once in all his years with lawyers and judges, ever shaded the truth, was less than forthright or failed to recognize the supremacy of law.

Magner was without self-aggrandizement as he pursued his clients’ rights in courtrooms in New York and other courts in the United States.

Truly, this community has lost a great lawyer whose abilities were driven by his love for the law, his great affection for his peers and the Ten Commandments.

Edward C. Cosgrove

Attorney at Law

Buffalo