YOUNGSTOWN -- Private services were conducted in Cleveland for Atty. Guerin Buonpane, 96, a former chairman of the Ohio Workers' Compensation Board of Review, of 12340 Bass Lake Road, Chardon, formerly of Youngstown, who died April 13 in Heather Hill Nursing Home, Beachwood, Ohio.
Mr. Buonpane was born Jan. 17, 1905, in New Castle, a son of Elpidio and Mary Jane Rizzuto Buonpane. He was reared in Youngstown.
He worked for the Ohio Workers' Compensation Board for 43 years, having been reappointed by a succession of governors, Democratic and Republican. He wrote for professional publications and often was consulted on major changes in workers' compensation law.
He practiced law for 63 years before retiring in 1991, and was a lecturer at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He began practicing in Cleveland in 1928 and was hired as a trial referee for the Industrial Commission of Ohio in 1936 by Governor Martin L. Davey. Governor John Bricker appointed him to the Workers' Compensation Board and each succeeding governor reappointed him through John J. Gilligan in the 1970s.
A graduate of The Rayen School, he received his law degree from Ohio Northern University, where he was awarded many scholastic honors.
He was a government appeals agent during World War II and was a member of Beachwood Zoning Board of Appeals.
He was a member of Cleveland Association of Compensation Attorneys for 50 years and received many honors, including the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Academy of Trial Lawyers. The Ohio General Assembly gave him a commendation in 1990. He was listed in Who's Who in America.
Besides his wife, the former Grace Ross, whom he married in 1948, he leaves two daughters, Anita Hartmann of Hudson and Elissa R. Buonpane of Cincinnati; a son, James G. of Aurora; two sisters, Mary Jane Nagle of Venice, Fla., and Gale Senter of Studio City, Calif.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A sister, Catherine Menking, and two brothers, Judge Blase Buonpane and Atty. Vincent Buonpane, are deceased.
Contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Local arrangements are at Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman Canfield Chapel.