Resolution J2001-2013

Mourning the death of Ann Billittier, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community

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  • May 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 23, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 20, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death of Ann Billittier, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of her community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Ann Billittier of Hamburg, New York died on Saturday, May 11,
2013, at the age of 83; and
  WHEREAS, A native of Buffalo, New York, who was raised in the Town  of
Hamburg,  Anna  Billittier was married to the late Lou Billittier for 50
years; they met each other as kids in  grammar  school  and  both  later
founded Buffalo's iconic "Chef's Restaurant"; and
  WHEREAS,  Ann  Billittier  managed Chef's Restaurant by herself in the
1950s while her husband was serving overseas during the Korean  War;  it
has  become  an  iconic  establishment for the city of Buffalo, and is a
go-to place for many including celebrities, sports stars, and  business-
men;  tourists and visitors to Buffalo are also often recommended to eat
at the landmark establishment; and
  WHEREAS, While their restaurant business  was  growing,  Ann  and  Lou
Billittier  stayed committed to helping the mentally ill, the physically
challenged, and the children of the community; after the death of Lou in
2000, Ann Billittier founded the Louis J. Billittier Foundation, a char-
ity that supported groups such as Buffalo  Hearing  and  Speech  Center,
Bornhava,  Variety  Club  of  Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and
others; and
  WHEREAS, Ann Billittier was a prominent figure at  charity  events  in
Buffalo  throughout the years; recently, she was joined by her daughter,
Mary Beth, to support her son John as the chairman of the Buffalo  Hear-
ing  and  Speech Center Gala at the Seneca Niagara Event Center; she was
present for an event that supported the  Bornhava  School  for  children
with special needs; and
  WHEREAS, Ann Billittier was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic
Church in Athol Springs; she was a true asset to society; and
  WHEREAS, Ann Billittier distinguished herself in her profession and by
her  sincere  dedication  and substantial contribution to the welfare of
her community; and
  WHEREAS, Ann Billittier's commitment to excellence, and her spirit  of
humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including charita-
ble and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  Predeceased  by her husband, Lou, Ann Billittier is survived
by her children, Mary Beth and John; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion, Ann Billittier leaves behind a legacy which will long endure
the  passage  of  time and will remain as a comforting memory to all she
served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn  the  death  of  Ann Billittier, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of her community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Ann Billittier.

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