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Jerry McGrier Sr., former assistant DA and attorney general

Jerry McGrier Sr. OBIT

Jerry McGrier Sr.

Jerry McGrier Sr.

April 4, 1955 – Oct. 23, 2016

Jerry McGrier Sr., a former assistant Erie County district attorney and assistant state attorney general, died Oct. 23 in his Buffalo home. He was 61.

Born in Dallas, Texas, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Wooster in Ohio in 1977 and his juris doctor degree from the University at Buffalo Law School in 1980.

Mr. McGrier began his career as a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services and in 1982 joined the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, where he served for eight years, two of them as chief of the City Court Bureau.

In 1990, he became an assistant state attorney general and later was an administrative law judge for Erie County Child and Family Services. He was retired at the time of his death.

He was a former chairman of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and a member of the board of directors of Grace Manor Nursing Home.

He was honored with a Special Faculty Award from UB Law School in 1989 and the Lawyers Service Award from the Minority Bar Association.

He was listed in "Who’s Who Among African Americans" in 2004.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, the former Doris Jones; a son, Jerry Jr.; three brothers, Darren, Damon and Terry; a sister, Avis; and a granddaughter.

Services were held Saturday in Prince of Peace Church of God in Christ, 669 Kensington Ave.


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