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George J. Lavere, professor emeritus at Canisius College

June 14, 1924 – Feb. 2, 2016

George J. Lavere of Amherst, longtime professor emeritus of philosophy at Canisius College, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 91.

Born in Oswego, Mr. Lavere graduated from Oswego High School.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Lavere served in the Army as an infantryman in the European Theater, and received three Bronze Stars.

After the war, Mr. Lavere earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin, Greek and history from St. Bonaventure University, a master’s degree in medieval studies from the University of Toronto and a doctoral degree in philosophy from Laval University in Montreal, Quebec.

He taught at Villanova University before moving to Western New York, becoming a professor of philosophy at Canisius College, where he remained for more than 30 years. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Lavere was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and walking.

He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and served as a lector and high school religion teacher.

His wife of 56 years, the former Suzanne Grenier, died in 2011.

Survivors include a son, Francois; two daughters, Marie Swartzwelder and Louise; and a brother, Nelson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary’s Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.

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