Aug. 11, 1926 – July 18, 2013
Francis J. Offermann Jr., an attorney and son of former Buffalo Bisons owner and Erie County Sheriff Frank J. Offermann, died July 18 while visiting the Chautauqua Institution. He was 86.
Born in Buffalo, he attended the Stella Niagara Cadet School. His father owned the Bisons until his death in 1935, and the team’s home on Michigan Avenue was renamed Offermann Stadium.
After graduating high school in 1943 from LaSalle Military Academy on Long Island, Mr. Offermann enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific as a ensign until his discharge in 1946.
In 1949, after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College, he married the former Anne Kinney in Buffalo. They moved to Washington, D.C., where he received a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law School in 1951 and served as a law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Mr. Offermann returned to Buffalo in 1953 and joined the Phillips Lytle law firm.
In 1956, he formed the law firm Offermann, Fallon, Mahoney et al, which was located in the Statler Towers for more than 50 years. His focus was on corporate and civil litigation.
Mr. Offermann was a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and Bar Association of Erie County. In addition to leading numerous committees, he served as a delegate on the state bar’s House of Delegates and as vice president representing the Eighth Judicial District.
For the county bar, he served as director, vice president and president, and he was currently serving as chairman of its Senior Lawyers Committee.
Mr. Offermann received the New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Service award in 2007 for his work on behalf of the Volunteer Lawyers Project. He represented two elderly women who were victims of predatory lending, allowing them to save their homes.
He was a past member of the Canisius College Association’s Board of Governors, former chairman of the United Way’s Professional Division and Lawyer’s Section, past member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Lay Advisory Board and past board member of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.
At the time of his death, he was active in the legal field, engaged in pro bono work as well as serving as counsel to the Sisters of St. Francis of Stella Niagara and Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. He was a lector at St. Joseph-University Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years; two sons, Francis III and Geoffrey; a daughter, Barbara; a sister, Jeanne M. Lawless; and a brother, Paul.
A memorial Mass will be offered 2 p.m. Aug. 10 in St. Joseph-University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.