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David F. Mix, 86, attorney and counsel to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

March 19, 1931 – March 18, 2018

His father wanted David F. Mix to follow him into a job at the Dupont plant, where he was a production worker.

One of his teachers at Hutchinson Central High School, Charles Stein, had a different idea. He encouraged Mr. Mix to go to college.

“He was a very bright and very dedicated guy and he knew this was his ticket to turn his life around,” his daughter, Kristen, said. “He finished college in three years.”

Working 13 odd jobs while in college, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and government from the University of Buffalo in 1951 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his law degree at UB in 1954, then spent a post-graduate year at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Returning to Buffalo, he went on to a lengthy career in private practice and government. He died March 18, a day before his 87th birthday, in Hospice of the Fisher Home, Amherst, Mass., after a period of declining health.

Born in Penfield, Pa., he came to Buffalo with his family as a boy.

He met his wife, Marjorie Creola, in law school, where she was one of only four women students, and they were married in 1954. She also became an attorney and served as an Erie County Family Court Judge.

Mr. Mix went into practice with his wife’s father, who was an attorney, in a firm which became Creola, Mix and Ursetti.

He also served in a variety of government posts. He was an assistant Erie County district attorney under Michael Dillon. He spent a year in Albany after he was named by Assemblyman Alfred J. Hausbeck as legal counsel to the Assembly’s Temporary State Commission on Water Resources Planning.

His lengthiest appointment was as counsel to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, where he served until the early 1990s. He then became a deputy corporation counsel for the City of Buffalo.

For many years, he was an arbitrator and instructor for the New York Judicial Conference, where he taught municipal law and criminal law to newly-elected judges.

Active in numerous political campaigns for Democratic candidates, he was a longtime member of the Buffalo Yacht Club and a member of the Aero Club of Buffalo.

He was a resident of Buffalo’s Central Park and Waterfront Village neighborhoods before he moved to Easthampton, Mass., in 2013 to be near his eldest daughter, Jessica Mix Barrington.

A distant relative of movie cowboy Tom Mix, he enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife and extra dry gin martinis.

Survivors also include his wife of 64 years, the former Marjorie Creola, a former Erie County Family Court judge; two other daughters, Dr. Wende, and Phoebe A.; a brother, W. King; a sister, E. Pamela Bucholtz; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 14 in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.

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