Perna, Dengler, Roberts Funeral Home

1671 Maple Rd, Williamsville, NY


Eugene C. Tenney

December 27, 1929October 31, 2019

Eugene C. Tenney - October 31, 2019. Beloved husband of 65 years to Leona F.; dear father of Sharon (Nicholas) Downey, Bryan (Sheila) Tenney, and Kathleen (David) Willis; dear grandpa of Patrick, Eugene Nicholas and Bryan Downey and Maura (Joseph) Chongpinitchai, Sean, Brendan, Colin, and Michael Tenney, Bryan, Connor, Katie, and Michael Willis; great-grandfather of Leo Eugene and Anthony Chongpinitchai; brother of the late James (Mary) Tenney and Rosemary (Neil) Mahoney. Friends may call Monday 4-8 PM at the PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., Williamsville. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Benedict R.C. Church (Main St. at Eggert Rd.), Amherst, Tuesday at 9:30. Flowers gratefully declined. memorials may be made to St. Benedict RC Church, 1317 Eggert Rd. Amherst, NY 14226 in Mr. Tenney's memory.Condolences at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com


  • St. Benedict RC Church


  • Visitation Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, November 5, 2019


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Keith Martin

November 6, 2019

Sharon, Bryan, the whole family, and my friend Kathy especially, So sorry to learn of this sad news. I always enjoyed any opportunity to chat with and learn from Gene. My heartfelt condolences.
Keith Martin
P.S. Kathy, you were a good friend and provided enormous moral support while I studied for the Bar Exam. Many thanks!

Michael Higgins

November 5, 2019

Mrs. Tenney, Bryan & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mr. Tenney was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. We know you are left with a lifetime of fond memories from a life well lived.
Michael & Lina Higgins

Joanne Palumbo

November 5, 2019

My memories of Gene Tenney are many and varied. I was a “newly minted” legal secretary fresh out of high school when I first met him, when I was hired at the Saperston firm downtown. Over the ensuing years we worked together, argued together and laughed together. We had the extraordinary good luck to have had a terrific work family along the way. Our office today is unique in that all of us have worked together, successfully, for more years than one would think possible. He made that possible just by being who he was. I feel privileged to have been part of his life, his family and his legal career. Lee, Sharon, Bryan, Kathy will miss him and so will I.

Marlene Nyiri

November 5, 2019

Mr. Tenney helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life. He was with me every step of the way and fought hard for me. He was never too busy to speak with me and answer whatever questions I had. My sincere condolences to his family.

Mark Warsaw

November 5, 2019

I am very saddened to hear of Mr Tenney’s passing.... he was a wonderful and caring man and we were very fortunate to have met him under difficult circumstances, as he represented our Dad 30 years ago.... Our father really thought highly of Mr Tenney, as we did.... please accept our sincere condolences....and our apologies for not being able to come and pay our respects... we were sad to just find out this morning. God Bless you all.

Marc Nyhlen

November 4, 2019

A wonderful man that helped so many. I’m grateful to have met Mr. Tenney, he will be missed by many.
The Nyhlen Family

Mark Grisanti

November 4, 2019

So Sorry to hear of Gene passing. My father Richard and I have known Gene a long time. That are not enough words to describe what a great human being Gene was. Always kind words . He truly was old school with a zest for life

Jeff Wynn

November 4, 2019

I had only met Gene a few years ago, whilst doing business in Buffalo from Toronto; he was always a pleasure to be with. Every meeting we had, in which we had many at 69 Delaware; was five minutes business, then the remainder of the time talking about family, current events and his own history which mirrored my own late fathers during the depression in Toronto. He felt warmly paternal and caring, and had a zest and bravado for work till the end, he is what we could only call proudly "Old school". He will be truly missed .

Jane Trabert Schmitt

November 4, 2019

To Kathy, Brian and Sharon:

Sincere condolences in the loss of your dear father. I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know him back when Kathy and I were grade-school classmates at St. Benedict's. Both he and Mrs. Tenney were very kind when 8 to 10 girls would descend upon the house on Four Seasons for swim parties and sleepovers. Those were good times, and Mr. Tenney always had a joke and a smile. He had a magnetic personality and, truth be told, I thought he was so handsome!!
Thinking of you all and of Mrs. Tenney at this sad time.

Alice Miller

November 3, 2019

Your smile, your tenacity, good humor will be sorely missed. Sleep well...God needed an honest attorney! My deepest sympathy, Lee. Always near if you need a hug.


Eugene C. Tenney of Eggertsville, NY passed away on October 31, 2019 at the age of 89. Mr. Tenney was born in Buffalo, NY, grew up in the East Lovejoy neighborhood of the city and proudly played third base for the Visitation School team that won the City Baseball Championship in the 1940’s. He graduated from South Park High School in 1947 and received his B.S. degree from Canisius College in 1951. Mr. Tenney earned his law degree from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 1954. After graduation, he joined the Buffalo Law Firm of Saperston, McNaughton & Saperston. Subsequently, he started the firm of Tenney & Millane in 1960 and the firm of Tenney, Smith & Scott in 1976. In 1980, he formed the Law Offices of Eugene C. Tenney, which remains in operation today.

During his professional career, Mr. Tenney served as Confidential Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. Ryan. He is a Past President of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association and, in 2016, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Western Affiliate of the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association. Mr. Tenney appreciated the camaraderie of the Buffalo legal community and over the years developed many close friendships within that community.

Mr. Tenney served the Parish of St. Benedict, Eggertsville, as Trustee for over 50 years and was honored at the Parish’s Legacy Dinner in 2018. He was also a long-time member of the St. Benedict Holy Name Society. Mr. Tenney is a past member of the Amherst Central School Board and the Eggertsville School Board and also is a past President of the Connie Mack Little League.

Mr. Tenney was devoted to his children, grandchildren and great-grandsons and he was an ardent and vocal supporter of their athletics. Mr. Tenney was a strong supporter of the Canisius High School baseball program and he could often be found “quietly” roaming the right field line. He also had a special place in his heart for the members of the WNY Umpires’ Association .

Mr. Tenney had a deep love of family, an unwavering commitment to his clients and strong `loyalty to his legal associates and staff, especially his long-time Administrative Assistant, Joanne Palumbo.

Mr. Tenney is survived by his wife of 65 years, Leona, and his daughters, Sharon Downey and Kathleen Willis, and son, Bryan Tenney. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Tuesday Nov. 5th, 9:30 am at St. Benedict RC Church, Main St @ Eggert Rd., Eggertsville.