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Feb. 23, 1926 – Jan. 13, 2013

Patrick J. Lowther, of Williamsville, a retired Town of Amherst employee and a World War II veteran, died unexpectedly Jan. 13.

The father of former Williamsville Mayor Mary Lowther was 86.

Born on Long Island, the son of an Irish horseman, he grew up in Williamsville on the estate of Marine Midland Bank executive Reginald B. Taylor, where his father trained the Taylor horses and polo ponies.

He left Bishop Neumann High School to join the Marines during World War II. A radio corpsman, he took part in the battle of Okinawa and served in the occupational forces in China after the Japanese surrender, attaining the rank of corporal.

Mr. Lowther worked in construction, primarily doing masonry and brickwork, and helped build many homes and commercial buildings in Amherst, including the Oakbrook Condominiums and several residences on Hirschfield Drive. He joined the Town of Amherst Engineering Department in the early 1970s, doing maintenance, concrete work and construction. He retired in 1989.

He was a life member of Amherst Township Post 416, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His former wife, Joan Snyder Bradford, died in 2002.

In addition to his daughter Mary, survivors include two sons, Michael and John, and two other daughters, Theresa and Deirdre Cannon.

Services will be private.