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

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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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