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July 14, 1919 – May 6, 2014

Ferdinand J. Ciccarelli of Amherst, a Buffalo attorney for more than 50 years and a World War II Army veteran, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 94.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Ciccarelli was a lifelong resident of the Buffalo area. He was in the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of master sergeant.

He graduated from Canisius College and Georgetown University Law School before embarking on his law career.

Mr. Ciccarelli served as chief clerk of the U.S. District Court in Western New York, was chairman of the committee admitting new lawyers to the bar association and also served as Western New York’s Democratic commissioner to the State Liquor Authority. He was a board member of the American Lung Association.

An avid golfer, Mr. Ciccarelli was a longtime member of the Lancaster Country Club. He served as chairman of the Erie County Bar Association Golf Tournament for 20 years.

Mr. Ciccarelli was active in the Justinian Society, a legal organization for attorneys, judges and law students of Italian ancestry. A member and past president of the Cross and Scroll Catholic Adults Club; a member of the Catholic Alumnae Club, and an 11-year member of Bayards Athletic and Social Club in Bay Beach, Ont., serving as its treasurer.

Survivors include a longtime companion, Trudy Miller.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Saturday.