on March 29, 2013 - 8:31 AM
March 20, 1931 – March 27, 2013
Eugene W. Salisbury, of Blasdell, an attorney and village justice who was a mentor and role model for municipal judges across the state, died Wednesday in Sisters Hospital after a short illness. He was 82.
Mr. Salisbury was Blasdell village justice for 50 years and was a leader in judicial organizations locally and statewide.
He was a member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, where he was the first judge and first Western New Yorker to serve as chairman.
A lecturer in judicial training programs, he instructed hundreds of judges and in the 1970s wrote two handbooks for the courts, “The Manual of Procedure for Town and Village Courts of New York State” and “Forms for Town and Village Courts, New York State,” which he updated annually.
“He is the person in my mind who probably has a better grasp on what it means to be a judge than anyone,” Aurora Town Justice Douglas W. Markey said when Mr. Salisbury retired from the bench.
He was a past president of the New York State Magistrate Association and received its Magistrate of the Year Award in 1967. The award was renamed in his honor when he retired in 2001.
Among his many other honors, he was named Jurist of the Year in 2001 by the Erie County Judges and Police Conference and Citizen of the Year by the Western New York Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association.
Mr. Salisbury was a police officer in Blasdell for five years before becoming village justice in 1961. He also served as village attorney.
Born in Lackawanna, he was a graduate of Blasdell High School and served in the Army in the Korean War, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
He graduated cum laude from the University of Buffalo Law School and was managing editor of the Buffalo Law Review. He took part in the honors program at the National Labor Relations Board.
He was a senior partner in one of Buffalo’s leading law firms, Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury & Cambria, specializing in labor law. He joined the firm in 1961 and continued to practice until his death.
He appeared in “Best Lawyers in America,” “Who’s Who Worldwide,” “Who’s Who in Business and Finance” and “Who’s Who in American Law.”
He also was a member of Hamburg Council 2220, Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed investing in the stock market, physical fitness, world travel and his vacation home on Chautauqua Lake.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Joanne Weller; three sons, Mark M., David D. and Scott E.; two daughters, Ellen M. Schranz and Susan M. Wanat; and a brother, Donald.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 3688 South Park Ave., Blasdell.