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Paul Volcy, former judge, decorated Vietnam vet

Aug. 15, 1947 – Feb. 23, 2015

Paul Volcy, a former City Court judge and decorated Vietnam veteran, died Monday under hospice care at his Buffalo home following a long illness. He was 67.

Born in the South Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, his mother’s homeland, Mr. Volcy grew up with a hunger for adventure and joined the U.S. Army in 1966. He was a first lieutenant when he began a tour in Vietnam in 1969, but was soon promoted to captain. His bilingual ability and training in the Vietnamese language helped him function as a troubleshooter for his colonel in Saigon, and when supplies diminished, he had a unique ability to fill up shortages. At the end of his tour, which also included field duty in the jungles, he was awarded a Bronze Star.

Following his military discharge in 1971, Mr. Volcy earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico before coming to the University at Buffalo for his law degree.

After starting in private practice, Mr. Volcy became an attorney in the office of Buffalo’s corporation counsel, working there for five years, primarily on civil rights cases.

In 2001, Mayor Anthony Masiello appointed Mr. Volcy as a City Court judge.

Mr. Volcy later went to work in the state Attorney General’s Office in Buffalo, where he spent 10 years in the Court of Claims, specializing in defending against medical malpractice and in personal injury cases. He retired in 2011.

Mr. Volcy was a founding member of Western New York Hispanics & Friends Civic Association and was actively involved in other Latino organizations. He also was a past president of UB Law School’s Latin American Law Students Association.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Susan Stocks; two daughters, Suzanne Smith and Michelle Thorpe; one son, Paul; two brothers, Yves and Charles; one sister, Carole; and two granddaughters.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, 911 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

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