OBITUARY

Gregory Francis Buhyoff

January 9, 1956December 27, 2020

Gregory Francis “Greg” Buhyoff Gregory Francis “Greg” Buhyoff, a native of Newfane, NY, passed away from sudden illness on December 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV where he resided with his family. Greg was born on January 9, 1956 in Newfane, New York to John Buhyoff, Jr and Joan Harding Buhyoff. He was a 1974 graduate of Newfane Central School, Newfane NY, a diligent and gifted student, a multi-instrumental musician, and fine athlete. He was an honor student and achieved all-league honors in baseball and basketball.

In 1985, Gregory attained his undergraduate degree in Asian Studies and Linguistics with high honors from University of Hawaii, Manoa, cooperatively with classes at Columbia University, as well as 1 year in a foreign exchange program at the Mandarin Center in Taiwan. In Taiwan, Greg immersed in the culture, and became fluent in Mandarin Chinese while tutoring in English. Greg had an abiding interest in discovering the world and other cultures. While finishing his undergraduate studies, Greg was employed as a flight attendant for Pan Am airlines flying Asian routes furthering his abilities in Asian languages and cultures. His ability to continue his employment with Pan Am while accomplishing rigorous academics was especially noteworthy.

Greg eventually enrolled at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where he received a Juris Doctor degree with Distinction in 1988, passing the California Bar Exam in February 1989. Other academic distinctions included the Dean’s Honor Roll from 1986-1988; the Vern Adrian and Annabel McGeorge Academic Achievement Scholarship, the John A McCarthy Memorial Scholarship, and membership in the Traynor Honor Society.

Greg married Agnes Buhyoff (née Tepait) in October 1992. They remained a loving and faithful couple throughout Greg’s life. Together they raised their daughter, Stephanie Buhyoff, who achieved a merit scholarship at the Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas and graduated Gonzaga University in 2018.

Greg’s legal career spanned many decades and numerous professional associations, including Kojima Law Offices (Tokyo); Baker & McKenzie (Hong Kong and Saigon); Weide & Miller (Las Vegas); Hogan Lovells (Vietnam); Harris & Moure (Seattle); Bayramoglu Law Office (Henderson); and AJ Kung Inc Law Office (Las Vegas). Throughout this time, Greg also operated his own law practice, Law Office of Gregory F. Buhyoff (Las Vegas), collaborating frequently with his longtime friends and professional colleagues, Philip Kantor and Connie Masters of Law Offices of Philip A Kantor in Las Vegas. Greg specialized in intellectual property and trademark law. A frequent participant at the annual meetings of the International Trademark Association around the world, Greg was distinguished for his knowledge of and experience with the intellectual property systems of other countries, particularly East and Southeast Asia. Notably, Greg was fluent at reading and writing Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese.

Starting as a young man, Greg enjoyed history and the exploring the outdoors—a pastime that he loved doing with his family. He enjoyed long drives viewing wildlife, fishing, and the appreciating scenery that the great American west offered. Greg’s best times in nature near his birthplace in Niagara County, NY were hikes to Keg Creek, antique rifle shooting, and war reenactments with his dear daughter Stephanie and beloved cousin, local artist and historian Geoffrey Harding. He also enjoyed the simple pleasures of tending his garden. Additionally, Greg was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan and an enthusiastic Gonzaga Basketball devotee, as it was his daughter’s alma mater.

Greg was predeceased by his parents, the late John Buhyoff Jr and Joan Harding Buhyoff. Greg is survived by his loving and faithful wife, Agnes; his daughter, Stephanie; brother Eric Jon Buhyoff, brother Todd James Buhyoff (and wife Andrea); brother Joel Russell Buhyoff (and wife Noela); sister-in-law Alice Martelli; brother-in-law Romeo Tepait (and wife Armejin); sister-in-law Irma Campos (and husband Samson); sister-in-law Theresa D’Assalenaux; sister-in-law Olivia Rettke (and husband Gordon); and brother-in-law Thelou Tepait (and wife Lucia); as well as many nieces, nephews and friends spanning the globe.

A memorial service is planned for a future date to be determined. Family, friends and colleagues wishing to do so may leave a message or memory on the dedicated webpage through the link below.

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Cindy Coleman

February 6, 2021

That was a Beautiful Tribute for an impact ful life. My Sincerest prayers are ongoing for his his Beautiful wife Agnes and lovely daughter Stephanie. May your greatest memories live infinitely.

Susan Breloff

January 23, 2021

My deepest sympathy.The Lakehouse,the piano,Greg singing,the best of times. Prayers for The Buhyoff family.Greg is a star in the sky with his mom and dad.

Dan Adams

January 21, 2021

So sorry to hear this news. Greg was my neighbor growing up in Newfane. He was a bright, talented, thoughtful guy who excelled at everything he did. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Nasir DAO — PKM ABDUL

January 21, 2021

Dear Agnes and Stephanie,

Our deepest condolences to you —we feel so saddened and we can only imagine how unbearable it is to lose a loving husband and father. Last week, we also lost another dear friend, so we are mourning for you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones during these very troubled times.

I was very fond of Greg, as we had to be resilient and go through the issues —in our Vietnam days— of building a legal practice together. We had each other for support and I admired Greg’s intelligence, honesty, humility and hard work. He spoke about you everyday when we were together travelling to Hanoi or staying put in Saigon.

With our warmest regards,
Olivia & Nasir

Karen Ayers

January 20, 2021

Condolences to you and your family, Eric. Gregory was an outstanding man and admired by many. Hold the memories of your brother dear to your heart.

Tom Wright

January 20, 2021

Greg was one of my best friends growing up in Newfane, NY..... He was one of the smartest and most talented people I've ever known and we shared countless adventures growing up .... from our middle school garage bands to epic jam sessions at the Buhyoff cottage on West Bluff to a summer as the house band at the Black Stallion where we each made $20 bucks a night .... hundreds of high school basketball and baseball games and a trip to Watkins Glen in 1973 where his old Chevy broke down in Batavia and we hitch-hiked home from there .... he was a great guy from a great family and will be missed .... so very sorry for his wife and daughter.

Geoffrey Harding

January 18, 2021

Think of you everyday cousin since you crossed over, I'll always carry you in my heart, especially every time I go down to Keg Creek. The Seneca believe when you cross over you walk a path of sweet strawberries on your journey to the Creator to become a new creation.

Michael Aldrich

January 14, 2021

I received word of Greg’s passing this morning. The world is a colder and emptier place today.

The bedrock of Greg’s life was his family, whom he loved with devotion and commitment that go beyond words. His wife was the foundation of his existence. His daughter was a source of the utmost joy as she went from being a little child to a sophisticated college student. His love for them was profound.

Greg was a man of solid and unshakeable integrity in a declining age. He was a colleague on whom you could count to abide by the highest principles of his profession. He was always there to lend a hand when help was needed, and he never wavered from serving his clients to the absolute best of his ability. He was an exemplary team-player and a gentleman of remarkable cordiality. The “real McCoy.” The world does not have enough of his type.

Greg was the consummate Asia hand. His encyclopedic knowledge was reinforced by deep empirical experience living and working with people from all corners of the region. For him, the “real Asia” was not gated expatriate communities or five star hotels but it was there, to be savored, in the markets, the street corners, and the sidewalk cafes of “just” ordinary people. I learned something new from him in every conversation and in every email.

I know that I will meet him again farther up the road, but the walk will be a little darker and a little less meaningful until I catch up to him. I look forward to the day when he and I can sit down together again for a good long chat.

So long, old friend. See you again soon.

Steve Whiting

January 8, 2021

Greg was one of the most memorable people I ever met. In our family he is known as "Uncle Boing." When our daughter was small Greg would always say he wanted to tell her a secret, then lean over and whisper "boinggg" in her ear to squeals of laughter. Even when she knew what was coming it never got old.

I first met Greg in Taiwan in 1976. We attended the same Mandarin school, played on the same rugby team, rowed on the same dragon boat team and shared countless bowls of beef noodles and Chinese dumplings together.

Later, when Greg was working as a flight attendant and Su-Chen and I were living in Japan, one day Greg brought a frozen turkey with him on a flight from the States. He had it roasted in his hotel at Narita airport and carried it to our house in Kashima on Thanksgiving Day! He brought us a taste of home on a special day. That's the kind of guy Greg was, always thoughtful of others.

Su-Chen and I are so sad to hear of Greg's passing. These shared memories from so many people who knew and loved him are a great testament to a wonderful human being.

He left us all way too soon. I know he must be thrilled with how well his beloved Buffalo Bills are doing this year. Rest in Peace brother Greg!

Charles Nathan

January 8, 2021

I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of Greg. My heart and condolences go out the his friends, family and colleagues. I met Greg while living in Narita Japan as Flight Attendants for United Airlines. Greg certainly was a kind, friendly and easy going person. Always an intelligent interesting person to talk to. He was certainly one of a kind.
He will be surely missed. God speed.
Charles Nathan

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