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.



May 30 – John Anthony LoFaro

A lifetime resident of Syracuse, Mr. Lofaro practiced law in his community for 30 years at the LoFaro Law Office. He was an avid outdoorsman and was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA. He was a graduate of SUNY Cortland and the Syracuse University College of Law.

May 20 – James N. Lutz

A member of the Syracuse University College of Law Class of 1961, Mr. Lutz was a 50-year member of the Onondaga County Bar Association. He was an instructor of the Police Academy at Onondaga Community College and was a past presdient of the Rotary Club – Syracuse. He retired from the practice of law in 2010.


March 9 – Michael R. Canestrano

This Syracuse native spent his more than 50-year career practicing Family Law. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran who earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law. He valued his family, the game of golf and his longtime commitment to board membership of the Fairmount Community Library.


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.