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Colleague Eric T. Dadd will be remembered

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Prominent Wyoming County attorney Eric T. Dadd died suddenly Saturday (July 6, 2013) at age 63.


He was born in Warsaw to Hayden H. & Helen O’Donnell Dadd. A graduate of Attica High School, he graduated from Fordham University in 1971 and Syracuse University School of Law in 1974 where he was the Symposium Editor of Syracuse Law Review.

He served as Wyoming County Attorney for more than 30 years and has been partner of Dadd, Nelson & Wilkinson located in Attica. In his early career, he worked for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, clerked for the New York State Court of Claims Judge Jeremiah Moriarity, and was an associate at the Devorsetz law firm in Syracuse.

In addition to his successful law practice in New York, Mr. Dadd also had a practice in Key West, Fla. He was the lead attorney in several important Key West cases, including the neighborhood legal battle that stopped Watermark — a proposed condo development that would have broken height limitations in Key West’s historic waterfront. Another case taken for, Last Stand, a local environmental group, stopped the illegal transfer of transient rental units throughout old town neighborhoods.

Married to Ann M. Degnan on July 14, 1978, this July was their 35th anniversary.

He is survived by his wife and daughters, Tisha (Dan) Bulna, Erika (Mark) King, Bridget (Rick) Hertan and Crystal Dadd and six grandchildren (Andrew, Devin, Shea, Jason, Isabelle and Emily). He is also survived by his sister Martha Nelson; and his brother, Wyoming County Judge Mark (Maggie) Dadd.

Eric was an accomplished athlete throughout his life. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Attica High School in 2009. While playing football at Fordham University he set 11 school records and was named a Little College All American and thus inducted into the Fordham Sports Hall of Fame for Football in 1989. After trying out as a free agent with the New England Patriots he entered law school.

His personal life was full of his love for cars, boating in Key West, wine, traveling, the Finger Lakes, the French Cafe and often said his greatest accomplishment by far was raising his four daughters with his wife, whom he loved eternally.

There are no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sts. Joachim and Anne Church (St. Vincent de Paul Church) on East Avenue in Attica.

Arrangements were completed by the Marley Funeral Home in Attica.