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Edwin O. Tilton, 100, attorney, WWII veteran

Aug. 2, 1915 – April 4, 2016

Edwin O. Tilton of Amherst, an attorney and Army veteran, died April 4 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a brief illness. He was 100.

Born in Worcester, Mass., Mr. Tilton graduated from Harvard College in 1936. He worked as a writer and movie reviewer for Time Magazine in 1936 and 1937 and graduated from Yale Law School in 1940.

He served in Army intelligence from 1941 to 1946, when he moved to Buffalo to join the law firm of Hodgson, Russ, Andrews, Woods and Goodyear, now known as Hodgson Russ LLP. He retired as senior partner in 1985.

Mr. Tilton served as Amherst Republican Committee chairman from 1954 to 1958. He was a state Republican committeeman from 1962 to 1966.

He was appointed as member of the state Dormitory Authority by Gov. Malcolm Wilson, serving from 1974 to 1978.

Beginning in 1984, Mr. Tilton served as the first executive director of the United States Law Firm Group.

As a member of the New York State Bar Association, he served as chairman of the banking law committee and was a member of the organization’s state legislative and corporation law committees.

He served as a director of Enos and Sanderson Co., Curtis Screw, Monroe Title & Abstract Corp. and Fredonia Seed.

Mr. Tilton was a member of the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, the Harvard Club of New York City and the Harvard Club of Buffalo, where he served as director. An avid skier in the United States and Europe, he also was a member of Concord Ski Club.

He always had a vegetable garden and always mowed lawns with a push reel mower.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, the former Elizabeth Plimpton.

He is survived by a son, Samuel; a daughter, Anne; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 18 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst.