In Memoriam 2017

The Onondaga County Bar Association recognizes the dedicated service of its members. We’re very sorry to see any member of the law community pass away and would like to offer our condolences to their families, colleagues, clients and friends.

Memorial 2017 Full Transcript



December 28 – Richard N. “Dick” Ames

A 1947 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, World War II veteran, and Dixieland Jazz fan.

December 23 John R. “Jack” Varney

Avid skier, longtime partner with Hancock Estabrook, proud graduate of Georgetown Law School.


November 7 – Donald Schoenwald

A five-decade litigator and partner at Sugarman Law Firm.

November 5Donald P. Colella

A Syracuse native, this solo practitioner devoted more than 50 years to the bar association.


August 11- Charles J. Cronin

Attorney at Mackenzie Law Firm, US Navy Veteran of World War II.


July 20- Owen D. Marjama

Patent Attorney in Rochester and Syracuse at Marjama Muldoon.

July 7- James K. Weeks

40-Year Professor at Syracuse University College of Law, Ford Fellow at NYU, Attorney.


June 27- Helen B. Druce

Former OCBA Executive Director (1986-2006), High school teacher, Founding member of the Board of New Justice Conflict Resolution Services, Liberty Bell Award winner (1981), Served on Board of Directors for many community foundations.


May 25- Linda Anne Damiano

Retired from private practice, Former Assistant District Attorney.

May 22- Patricia C. Campbell

Defense attorney in Syracuse.


April 25- Ronile Lawrence

Founding partner of Lawrence & Granger, PLLC and later of Lawrence & Smith, PLLC, Longtime Attorney for Children.

April 21- Francis R. D’Addario

Attorney at Cerio Law Offices, Collegiate football player at Brooklyn College.

April 17- James D. Fitzpatrick

Partner at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, Former President of the Frank H. Hiscock
Legal Aid Society, Syracuse Post-Standard Person of Achievement.

April 15- Mary J. Fahey

Staff Member of Onondaga County Law Department, Solo practitioner, Law clerk for the Hon. Stewart F. Hancock, Jr., Staff Member of Onondaga County District Attorney Robert Wildridge, Member of Most Holy Rosary Church.

April 2- Edward Clarke “Ned” Schepp

Assistant State Attorney General from 1962-1966, a practicing Central New York Civil Trial Attorney from 1963-2003, and served as DeWitt Town Justice from 1968-1987. Pianist for United States Army during the Korean War.


March 25- Kristie M. Carter-Knapp

Attorney with Sidney P. Cominsky, LLC, Active member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church.

March 8- Linda J. (Lanzendorf) Stock

March 7- Anthony Fazio

Counsel for Niagara Mowhawk, former SU Football Player, Founding member of Evangel Assembly of God Church in Chittenango, New York.

March 7- Herbert N. Wallace

Partner at Wallace & Wallace, LLP, Former Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Attorney General’s office, Former Associate Editor of SUCoL Law Review.

March 2- Edward S. Green

Founder of Bousquet Holstein PLLC (Formerly Green & Seifter Attorneys), CPA (Co-founder of Rudolph & Green), Chair of countless civic, arts and community organizations.


February 8- Mary Jane (Smith) Harrington

Registered Nurse, Educator, Union leader, Labor Law attorney, and retired as Director of Labor Policy with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY.