on August 2, 2013 - 4:26 PM
June 26, 1929 – July 30, 2013
William S. Reynolds, a retired Buffalo attorney, died Tuesday at Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 84.
Mr. Reynolds was born in Watertown, where he attended Watertown High and was a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his law degree from Cornell Law School. He participated in the ROTC Program and went on to become a lieutenant in the Air Force.
He met his wife of 58 years, the late Marcia Pottle Reynolds, while attending Cornell.
Mr. Reynolds was a practicing trial lawyer for more than 50 years. He was the senior partner at O’Shea, Reynolds & Cummings when he retired in 2006.
He was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and was named Lawyer of the Year in 2004 by the Western New York Defense Trial Lawyers. He was a member of the Erie County Bar Association.
He was mentor to numerous young attorneys and always available to assist aspiring legal associates.
Mr. Reynolds was an accomplished golfer. As a member of the Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont., for more than 50 years, he served as president, was honored as a distinguished member and won the club championship and men’s senior championship on numerous occasions. He traveled frequently to Ireland and Scotland to play golf in the International Four Ball, Best Ball Competition.
He spent summers at his family’s cottage in Silver Bay, Ont., on the Canadian lakeshore.
He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Schwartz, and two sons, Jonathan and Michael.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 10 in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.