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Richard A. Grimm Jr., longtime Buffalo attorney

May 17, 1933 – Feb. 13, 2017

Richard A. Grimm Jr., a Buffalo attorney for nearly six decades, died Monday in his Town of Tonawanda home after a long illness. He was 83.

Born in Buffalo, the son of an attorney, he was a 1950 graduate of Canisius High School and earned his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Buffalo.

Richard A. Grimm Jr.

Mr. Grimm joined his father in practice in 1959, specializing in estate planning and trusts. After Grimm and Grimm Attorneys merged with Buffalo’s oldest law firm in 1994 to create Magavern Magavern Grimm, he was a senior partner.

Two of his children, Richard A. III and Ellen Grimm Spencer, are partners in the firm.

He was a former director of the Erie County Bar Association, a member of the Buffalo Club and the Cherry Hill Country Club, and a board member of Project Flight.

An avid gardener and golfer, he was renowned for his wit and pranks, for which he was known to close friends as “the Whipper.”

Survivors also include his wife of 62 years, the former Gretchen Dikeman; two other sons, Peter T. and Thomas A.; another daughter, Jane E. Wutz; a sister, Helen Froustet; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 651 Washington St.

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