In Memoriam 2018

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.



February 8 – Hon. Sandra L. Townes

Revered by so many for her fairness and grace, this jurist was appointed to the U.S. Eastern District by former President George W. Bush after serving on the New York State Supreme, the Appellate Court, and the Syracuse City Court.

February 1 – John M. Shannon

A native of Syracuse who grew up in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood, Mr. Shannon graduated from Syracuse University College of Law, and enjoyed a career as a Chief ADA in the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office before becoming partner at Milford, Lynch & Shannon in Skaneateles.


January 14 –  John Bartholomew Vita

A longtime Syracuse resident and practicing attorney for more than 50 years, Mr. Vita graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, LeMoyne College, and the Syracuse University College of Law.