on June 12, 2013 - 9:02 PM
May 12, 1947 - June 11, 2013
A Clarence lawyer has died from injuries suffered during an accident while bicycling in Europe.
Arthur F. Dobson Jr., 66, died Tuesday at a hospital in Izola, Slovenia, where the accident occurred a week earlier on June 4.
Mr. Dobson and three friends were on their second day of riding, when he was ejected from his bike while trying to avoid a car that cut in front of him, his daughter, Allison, told The Buffalo News on Wednesday.
The group of friends has been taking an annual bicycling trip to different locations around the world for the past several years, she said.
While friends and family are mourning the death, Allison Dobson said her father died in a beautiful part of the world among friends while doing what he loved.
“We don’t believe he felt any pain,” she said, “and we know he is at peace.”
Mr. Dobson was born in New Jersey and came to the Buffalo area when his parents moved to Orchard Park while he was in college.
In 1969, he graduated from Notre Dame, where he would meet his future wife, Nancy, on a blind date. The couple married on June 20, 1970.
Mr. Dobson graduated from the University at Buffalo Law School in 1972 and worked in private practice over the years, most recently at Michalak & Dobson.
Mr. Dobson was an avid cyclist, but he enjoyed other sports including skiing and golf. He was a Notre Dame fan and had been scorekeeper for the varsity basketball team at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart.
A parishioner at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Clarence, Mr. Dobson was a longtime Little League coach and served on the board of the town’s senior citizens center.
He had a large vegetable garden and enjoyed cooking in his backyard pizza oven. He was looking forward to the arrival of his first grandchild.
Besides his daughter, Allison, and wife of nearly 43 years, Nancy, executive vice president of Uniland Development Co., Mr. Dobson is survived by a son, Jonathan; and two brothers, Thomas and David.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
– Jay Rey