Share this article

print logo

Dr. Gary Solomon, retired dentist, former tennis champ

June 27, 1938 – Feb. 23, 2015

A memorial service was held Sunday in East Amherst for Dr. Gary Solomon, a dentist who served the Western New York community in Eggertsville and Amherst for nearly 50 years and a champion tennis player.

Dr. Solomon died Feb. 23 in Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home after an extended illness. He was 76.

Dr. Solomon was born in Buffalo and graduated from Kenmore West High School in 1956.

He completed his pre-dental degree and earned his doctor of dental medicine degree in 1963 at the University of Buffalo.

Following dental school, he taught biology at a local high school and served in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

In 1966, he opened his own dental practice on Crosby Boulevard in Eggertsville, where he remained until 2011, when he moved his office to East Amherst. He retired in 2014.

Family remember how Dr. Solomon was revered by his patients and how he took great pride in providing continuity of care to generation after generation of patients within the families he treated.

Dr. Solomon’s greatest passion, other than family and his profession, was sports. He was an avid and highly competitive tennis player and regularly played at the Miller Tennis Center, the Village Glen Tennis Club, and the Buffalo Racquet Club.

As captain, he led his regional U.S. Tennis Association teams to two national championships in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was also a dedicated Buffalo Bills fan and held season tickets for over 20 years.

He was also a lifelong animal lover and rescued over 20 abandoned dogs during the past two decades.

Dr. Solomon is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Lisa Margaret Evanoff; two sons, Dr. Garron and Jonathan; two daughters, Marissa and Kathryn; his mother, Ruth; a brother, David; and a grandson.