Louis J. Perez
Louis J. Perez, born in Niagara Falls on March 13, 1932, was raised in the Village of La Salle by his loving parents, Meta E. and Louis A. Perez.
Even during the dark days of the Great Depression, Lou recalled his boyhood as sunny and carefree. He was part of a large family, many of whom had emigrated to the U.S. from Asturias, Spain.
He attended Evershed Elementary school where, as a sensitive child, he sympathized with the struggle of many immigrant children to gain acceptance and respect. Later, he graduated from LaSalle Middle School and LaSalle Senior High School, where he excelled as a student, athlete, and as a popular leader in student government. Awarded a Presidential Scholarship, he attended St. Lawrence University in Canton,
NY, graduating in 1954, and with a law degree from Cornell Law School in 1957. He was employed at the Findlay, Argy, Hackett and Reid law firm in Niagara Falls before forming a partnership with an attorney, James Mallam. Later he established his own law practice where Douglas Crowley became a partner. Before his retirement in 1997, Lou was of special counsel to the firm Mallam, Mansour and Hager. He was a member of the American, New York, and local bar associations.
He was the Village attorney for 14 years in Youngstown, NY, where he and his wife, Norah, raised three sons, Patrick, Matthew and Jonathan.
Throughout his long life, Lou was a considerate, thoughtful man, with a broad and compassionate outlook. Strongly supportive of liberal causes, he was deeply respectful of the rule of law, and was always concerned about intolerance and injustice to others. He also enjoyed many theatrical productions at the Stratford Ontario Festival, The Shaw Festival at Niagara on the Lake, and the Irish Classic Theater in Buffalo, NY. Lou appreciated good wine, the wide perspective of the New York Times, and after a move to Lewiston, NY, in 2001, he created and maintained a colorful garden, to the delight of his wife who appreciated the beautiful bouquet delivered daily by her warm, playful, and affectionate husband.
Lou is survived by Norah; sons, Matthew, Jonathan (Val Cerabone), and Patrick; and his grandchildren, Benjamin and Tiffany. He also considered Julie Nicklas, formerly of Lewiston, as a beloved "adopted" daughter.
There will be no visitation, but a Celebration of Life is planned for the summer of 2020, where Gordon Lightfoot will sing, love, laughter and Proscecco will flow, and family and friends will recall the handsome gentleman whose kindness, generosity of heart, and quiet decency recalled the political ardor and idealism of an earlier generation.
Condolences may be expressed via rhoneyfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 3, 2019


Send flowers
in memory of Louis
Send flowers

Obituary published in


Print Guestbook

A place to share condolences and memories.
The guestbook expires on March 02, 2020.

Showing 10 of 4 posts

William Ryan PhD
Dec 13, 2019
I will always remember the trips we took with the Track team. The big boxes of ice cream and win or lose the laughter and friendship that we shared. When my mother needed a lawyer our first call was to louis Perez, LLD. Thanks Lou I hope she is there to thank you also. Bill Ryan
Pete Malinverni
Dec 08, 2019
Mr. Perez was an unfailingly kind and friendly presence who was always ready for real conversation when I'd visit my buddy, Patrick, one of Mr. Perez' three sons. Formed along with his wife, Mrs. Norah Perez, theirs was a home characterized by good humor and hearty welcome.
Patricia Mahoney
Dec 04, 2019
Norah, I was stunned to hear of the passing of Lois! My heart is breaking for you and your sons. Louis was always the Perfect Gentleman and I loved it when he would come to deliver books to us at the Museum. If you need anything please don't hesitate to ask. I will remember Louis fondly. And may he rest in peace, and may God hold him in the Palm of His Hand.
Dec 04, 2019