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William E. Lawson, bankruptcy trustee

June 20, 1926 – Feb. 28, 2016

William E. Lawson of Amherst, a lawyer and partner in Aaron Dautch Sternberg & Lawson, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 89.

A native of Erie, Pa., Mr. Lawson lived most of his life in Western New York, graduating from the former Angola High School, and from the University at Buffalo. He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II, from 1944 to 1946.

He joined the law firm in 1953, becoming partner in the early 1960s. His specialty was bankruptcy, and he was a court appointed bankruptcy trustee for many years.

Mr. Lawson was a member of the American Bar Association, Lawyers for Learning and Lawyers Helping Lawyers. A life-long learner, he loved to read history, science fiction and mysteries. He was an avid tennis player, talented wood-worker, photographer and poet.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Eleanor Nyhart; three daughters, Heather Lawson-Comeau, Holly Lawson-Keister and Alison; a brother, Richard Garlock, and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.