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Edward J. Taublieb, 75, attorney and acoustic guitarist who owned the String Shoppe

March 20, 1943 - Feb. 1, 2019

Edward J. Taublieb, an attorney who owned the String Shoppe in Buffalo for more than half a century, died Feb. 1 after a long battle with cancer. He was 75.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Taublieb graduated from Hutchinson Technical High School in 1961, and went on to attend the University at Buffalo, where he earned a bachelor's degree in geology in 1965, a master's degree in geology in 1967 and a law degree in 1972.

Mr. Taublieb was a practicing attorney for 40 years, and worked in the City of Buffalo Corporation Counsel's office from 2001 to 2009.

He also had a passion for acoustic guitars, and owned the String Shoppe on Ontario Street for 52 years before it closed in 2018.

"While I don't want to demean those who play electric guitars, a solid body guitar to me has no soul. Only an acoustic guitar with an acoustic body has soul," Mr. Taublieb told a WGRZ reporter just before the store was to close.

Mr. Taublieb was also a Ham radio operator and avid fisherman.

He was a member of the Erie County and New York State bar associations as well  the Buffalo Friends of Folk Music, the Southtowns Amateur Radio Society and the Lockport Amateur Radio Association.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Nancy Taublieb; three daughters, Jolie Roensdorf-Taublieb, Liana Moore and Sasha Taublieb; a sister, Susan Cohen; and six grandchildren.

A "celebration of life" will be held at a future date.


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