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Richard W. Fulfree, 83, Of Yonkers

Richard W. Fulfree
Richard W. Fulfree Photo Credit: Deborah Burnley

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Richard W. Fulfree, of Yonkers died on Tuesday, April 12. He was 83.

He was born in Yonkers on May 14, 1933, to George and Theresa (Amicucci) Fulfree.

He graduated from Yonkers High School where he played varsity football and was elected to the All City Team in 1950. After graduating from Iona College, Richard served in the U.S Army stationed in Alaska. He then attended New York Law School graduating in 1959.

This was the beginning of a long distinguished career as a trial and appellate attorney, where he practiced law in all the courts of the state of New York, the U.S. Southern District Court of Appeals for the second circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Fulfree was a law examiner for the State Liquor Authority and an attorney for the Selective Service during the Vietnam War. He also served as trial attorney, first assistant counsel and acting corporation counsel of the city of Yonkers from 1963 to 1968.

In 1968 he joined the law firm of Wekstein and Friedman, becoming partner in Wekstein, Friedman and Fulfree. His partnership continued with Morton Wekstein until 1996.

Fulfree was also the owner, trainer and driver of horses at the Yonkers Racetrack for 38 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen "Pat" Kratz; his son, Peter (Linda) Fulfree; step-daughter, Linda Surlak; step-son Robert Surlak; grandchildren Gregory Fulfree, Lauren Buell and Alexandra Surlak, three great- grandchildren; his brothers George and John Fulfree and his sister Catherine Mancuso.

He was predeceased by a son, David Fulfree.

Arrangements entrusted to Flower Funeral Home Inc. with visitation Friday 3 to 8 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Ann's Church.

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