In Memoriam 2020

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.


Carolyn Chini was a member of the Syracuse University College of Law Class of 1951, where she was one of three women graduates. She practiced law in Syracuse for more than 25 years at Chini & Chini, a law firm she established with her husband Victor, also an attorney. She was 95 years of age at the time of her death on March 9, 2020.


Charles Edwards entered World War II at the age of 17 and also served in the Korean War, as a Marine. After his military service he became a schoolteacher and then a lawyer at the age of 34, receiving his juris doctorate from Syracuse University. He served as the Town of Manlius Justice for 31 years. Surrounded by those who loved him, he died on February 23, 2020.

Robert L. Riley was known to many in the legal community as “Louie.” He left behind two sons, Ryan and Sean, and three grandchildren. He died on February 21, 2020.

Joseph Siracusa An avid boatsman, golfer, and poker player Mr. Siracusa also taught Criminal Justice at the Onondaga Community College. He was a 1960 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law and his law practice was centered in Syracuse. He died on February 14, 2020.

James J. O’Connell became a lawyer later in life after first being a Catholic priest. Mr. O’Connell graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law and, for the entirety of his legal career, practiced at the firm of O’Hara, O’Connell & Ciotoli. He passed at his home in Spafford, New York on February 13, 2020.

Stanley G. Germain practiced law in Syracuse, his hometown, for more than 50 years. He was a member of the first graduating class of Le Moyne College and received his law degree from Syracuse University. He was a founding partner, along with his brother Paul, of the Germain and Germain law firm. Date of death: February 6, 2020.


William Bulsiewicz A deeply devout person, Mr. Bulsiewicz committed much of his volunteer efforts in aid to the Holy Family Orphanage in Kenya. He greatly enjoyed the outdoors and was an attorney with the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency. He died on January 21, 2020.

Joseph Bollettieri was an attorney in private practice in Syracuse. He received his juris doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Utica College. He was 73 years of age when he passed on January 7, 2020.