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2014-06-25 / Obituaries

Peter J. Notaro, State Supreme Court justice


Notaro Notaro Peter J. Notaro, 79, of Amherst, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Mr. Notaro grew up on the West Side of Buffalo, where he attended Bishop Fallon High School. He attended the school on an academic scholarship and was a three-sport star, competing in football, basketball and baseball.

After graduating, he attended the University of Buffalo, where he was a two-way starter for the football team for three seasons and a pitcher on the baseball team.

Following his graduation, he received training camp invitations from the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Colts. However, he declined and pursued a master’s degree in biology. He later attended law school at UB, graduating in 1961.

He received admission to the bar in New York State in 1961 and began working in private practice for the law firm of Boreanaz, Heffron and Doyle and later the firm of Weissfeld and Weissfeld.

In 1964, Mr. Notaro was hired as an assistant district attorney for Erie County.

From 1964 to 1975, he held positions as a felony trial assistant, chief of the Narcotics Bureau, chief of the Appeals Bureau and first deputy district attorney.

In 1975, he was elected as an Erie County Family Court judge.

Following his re-election in 1985, he was named supervising judge of the Erie County Family Court.

In 1992, he won the election in the 8th Judicial District to the New York State Supreme Court, where he was a justice for 14 years until his retirement in 2005.

Mr. Notaro was a coach for Williamsville Little League baseball and football through the 1970s and ’80s. He also was a member of the Transit Valley Country Club.

Mr. Notaro is survived by his wife, Diana Marie; five sons, Thomas, Anthony, Peter, Joseph and Mark; 11 grandchildren; and one brother, Carmen.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 20 at St. Gregory the Great Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tom, Rose and Peter Notaro Scholarship Fund at Hilbert College, 5200 S Park Ave, Hamburg, NY 14075.

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