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RICH, GEORGE R. Esq.
RICH - George R., Esq. October 11, 2015 in Cape Haze, Florida, at the age of 78. George is survived by his wife, Colleen Sullivan Rich of Buffalo, NY; children, Jennifer (Dan) Goulet of Norwich, VT, Kathryn (Mike) Neelon of Clarence, NY, Robert (Lynn) Rich of Austin, TX, Jaime Rich of Austin, TX, Samantha Rich of Austin, TX, Michael (Lindsay) Sullivan, of Buffalo, NY and Katie Sullivan (fiance Frank Zielonka) of Buffalo, NY; grandchildren, Meghan and Quinn Neelon and McKenna and James Sullivan. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Rich, and mother, Jean (nee Hartle) Rich, of Buffalo, NY. George was born October 26 1936 in Riverdale, NY. The family soon moved to Indianapolis, IN, where he grew up. He was accepted at Butler University, transferring to Indiana University after his sophomore year. He obtained his law degree from IU's Bloomington campus in 1960. George spent the majority of his professional career working as a trial attorney in Buffalo, NY as a partner at Rosen, Yasinow, Roberts, & Rich, Magavern & Magavern, Magavern, Rich & Kanalley, and finally Morgan & Rich. George took pride in his service in the US Army, as well as his political career which included a term as Erie County Legislator in 1974. In 1992, he was elected President of the Western New York Trial Lawyers' Association. He also loved teaching, serving as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law where he taught Trail Techniques for more than 15 years. George was a lifelong multi-sport athlete, playing softball into his '50s, and golfing into his early 70's. He was also a skilled pilot with Private, Instrument, and Commercial ratings on his Airman's License. He was a dedicated Bills and Yankees fan, and rooted for Indiana University, University of Southern California, and the Texas Longhorns every chance he got. He was proficient in trap, skeet, and pistol shooting, and doted on his Labradors, Bruce and Maggie, whom he loved almost as much as his children.
A memorial service will be scheduled later this year in Buffalo, NY. An announcement will be made in the Buffalo News and on Facebook. All are welcome to attend and celebrate George's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Tidewell Hospice at http://tidewellhospice.org/. The family would like to thank Tidewell Hospice for their compassionate care of George and his family during his last days.