Services for Former Memphis Bar President Nov. 6

Longtime Memphis lawyer and businessman Leo Joseph Buchignani died Friday (Nov.1). He was 90. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1948, Buchignani returned to his hometown of Memphis and became a leader in law, business and politics. He was a founder of the modern Republican Party in Shelby County, was elected to the Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee and served as Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association president. With two of his partners, he founded Catherine’s and built it into a 74-store national chain that pioneered the plus-sized women’s clothing business. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Canale Funeral Directors. The funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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