Obituary of John B. Drenning
DRENNING - John B.
Age 81, died at his home in Buffalo on
March 2, 2019. He is survived by his
wife of 53 years, Barbara; his children,
Elizabeth (Neil Levi) and John (Lucie
Bernheim); and grandson John. A
Memorial Service is planned for May. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made
to the following charities: Roswell Park
Cancer Center, the Buffalo City Mission,
Trout Unlimited, and the Buffalo and
Erie County SPCA. Arrangements by
the JOHN E. ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME.
John Brabazon Drenning
John B. Drenning died at home in Buffalo, NY, on March 2, 2019, at 81 years of age, after a two and a half year battle with leukemia. The son of Francesca Brabazon-Drenning (nee Ceasrine), he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara, his daughter Elizabeth (Neil Levi), son John (Lucie Berheim), and grandson John Chalfant Drenning.
Mr. Drenning was born in Mt. Kisco, NY, on April 5, 1937. He graduated from Bedford Hills High School in Westchester County in 1955, earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Buffalo in 1961, and his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1964, where he was winner of the 1963 Moot Court Competition.
Mr. Drenning enjoyed a long and distinguished legal career in Buffalo, serving as general and corporate securities counsel to several publicly traded companies. He was a partner at Hodgson Russ in its Corporate & Securities Practice Area from 2000 until his recent retirement. He moved with his wife and daughter to Buffalo after clerking for the New York State’s Supreme Court Appellate Division in Albany from 1964 to 1966. In Buffalo, where his son was born, he worked at the firm Moot & Sprague from 1966 to 1990, where he became a partner as well as head of the Labor Law and Banking practices. From 1990 to 2000 he was a partner at Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber. Mr. Drenning was a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Erie County.
Mr. Drenning was a Member and former Corporate Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Astronics Corporation, and was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Moog Inc. from 1989-2014. He had been Corporate Secretary to Acme Electric Corporation, and a Member of the Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary to MOD-PAC. He previously served as a Member of the Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary to the Western New York Technology Development Center, Inc., and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Buffalo State College Foundation as well as the Cornell Law Association Executive Committee. He was a Trustee of Westminster Church from 1979 to 1982 and President of the Board in 1982. Mr. Drenning was a member of the Country Club of Buffalo.
Mr. Drenning was a lifelong outdoorsman. He enjoyed fly fishing, shooting, golf, and tennis, as well as boat building, wood carving, and painting. He was an avid reader with a restless and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, and a lifelong student of history and constitutional law. In his later years he traveled extensively and had planned to visit Southern Italy, where his beloved mother was born, with his family.
Mr. Drenning will be remembered by his family and friends as a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He overcame great adversity with a tireless work ethic and an unflagging spirit, but remained modest about his achievements. Those who knew him recall fondly his sense of humor, loyalty, keen intellect, and sage advice, as well as his stoicism in the face of cancer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following charities: Roswell Park Cancer Center, the Buffalo City Mission, Trout Unlimited, and the Buffalo and Erie County SPCA. A memorial service is planned for May.
Arrangements provided by John E. Roberts Funeral Home.