Above: A family shot, with Claire Martoche at lower right, along with her sister Amy, brother Christopher and parents Mary Dee and Salvatore.
The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo (LABB) extends heartfelt condolences to Judge Salvatore Martoche for the loss of his 43-year-old daughter, Claire E. Martoche, who passed away on January 21, 2017 after a battle with mental illness and drug addiction. The family held a funeral last Friday on January 27, 2017. Judge Salvatore Martoche sits on LABB’s Board of Directors and has been a champion for increasing access to justice. Now Judge Martoche is also seeking to raise awareness for the need for more resources to treat drug addiction, especially when combined with mental illness, by sharing his daughter’s struggle. The Buffalo News published a story on Friday wherein Judge Martoche shares his daughter’s story:
Salvatore and Mary Dee Martoche agreed to tell their story, to raise awareness about the deadly plague of drug addiction, especially when combined with mental illness. They want to show this can happen to any family. They want to support other families dealing with a similar loss. They want to lobby for more resources to fight opioid addiction. And they want people to remember Claire.
“I want her life to count for something, her death to mean something, to help somebody else,” her mother said during a lengthy interview. “She would have wanted to help somebody else.”
“We don’t want this tragedy to diminish her innate goodness and tremendous desire to help others,” said Salvatore Martoche, retired State Supreme Court Appellate justice. “She would look at this as an opportunity to maybe help other people. She would approve of that.”
The full story can be found here.