March 1, 1937 – June 12, 2015
Richard A. Adamy, of Williamsville, a former lawyer for salaried workers at the Ford Stamping Plant who was known for his insights, kindness and humor, died Friday in Williamsville. He was 78.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Mr. Adamy won a Ford scholarship to go to any college when he graduated from Bishop Timon High School. After earning an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame University, he went on to Northwestern University Law School.
His early career began as a public defender for Buffalo City Court. He later moved to Dearborn, Mich., to take a job as a corporate attorney for Ford Motor Co.
He traveled across the country to different factories to work on labor relations.
When he moved back to Buffalo, he was in charge of working with salaried personnel.
He was licensed to practice law in Michigan, New York and Florida. He retired in 1998, the same year Paulette Dean, his wife of 28 years, died.
His fiancée, Susan Kipping Attea, remembers her good fortune in meeting him in 2000. She had just told a girlfriend, “All I want to do is meet a man who is widowed, goes to church, likes to dance and likes to talk about important things in the world.” They met two months later at St. Gregory’s Church.
“He had a wonderful sense of humor,” she said. “He had a loving nature. He was very sensitive. He had insights that were unbelievable … He could see a situation from many sides. He could see things so clearly that you might miss … A lot of people really appreciated him.”
He was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and enjoyed dancing, gardening and family life.
Mr. Adamy is survived by Ms. Kipping Attea; a son, Richard A. Jr.; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday in St. Gregory the Great, Amherst.