July 2, 1930 - Sept. 13, 2012
Bryant S. Kurtzman, a veteran Niagara Falls attorney, died Thursday in Buffalo General Hospital after a short illness. He was 82.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Kurtzman graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1948.
He earned his bachelor's degree in 1951 from Kent State University, where he was the manager of the track team, and he graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 1954.
Mr. Kurtzman served in the Army, stationed in Washington, D.C., from 1954 until 1956.
He spent his childhood summers working in his parents' grocery store on Ninth Street and Ferry Avenue, and at the Shredded Wheat Plant in Niagara Falls.
He started his legal career in the law firm of Gellman and Gellman in Niagara Falls, which later became Gellman, Kurtzman and Macri, and then was the sole remaining partner until his retirement in November 2011.
He was a confidential law clerk to State Supreme Court Justices Frank Kronenberg and John Broughton.
Mr. Kurtzman was a past president of the Parkway Condominium Board, the Niagara Falls Bar Association, the Niagara Falls Rotary Club and the Niagara Bar Association.
He held various positions with the New York State Bar Association and was a past president of Temple Beth Israel of Niagara Falls, where he also served in several other positions.
Mr. Kurtzman held various positions with the Niagara Falls Rotary Club, including past president.
He was a past master of Niagara River Lodge Free & Accepted Masons, and a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Niagara Falls.
He was awarded highest honors by the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Sandra Gorsky; and three daughters, Melissa, Lauren and Dana.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday in Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville.