GENEVA - Honorable John Francis O'Malley Jr., 87, passed away peacefully in Geneva General Hospital on Sunday (August 18, 2013). Friends may call at the DeVaney-Bennett Funeral Home, 181 N. Main St., on Wednesday (August 21, 2013) from 4 to 8 p.m. Members of The Charles J. Folger Hook & Ladder Co. will meet at 7 p.m. for a service for their departed brother and Member of Winnek Post #3956 American Legion will me at 6:30 p.m. for a service for their departed brother. Funeral Services will be at 9 a.m. on Thursday (August 22, 2013), in the funeral home and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Stephen's Church. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, in his memory, may be made to the Smith Opera house, Boys & Girls Club of Geneva and the Ontario ARC.
John was born in Geneva, N.Y. on June 23, 1926, the son of the late Gertrude (McCormick) and John F. O'Malley. He graduated from DeSales High School in 1944, Dartmouth College, in 1947 and Albany Law School in 1950. He was a US Navy
veteran of World War II. John was a practicing attorney in Geneva for 50 years, and received the highest "A" rating in leading national lawyers' directory as rated by his fellow attorneys in the area. He was an elected member of the enlarged City School District for 5 years, and School Board President for 1 year. He was president of the Geneva Common Council 1958-59. He was also appointed Special Counsel for the City of Geneva Urban Renewal Project for 11 years by Republican and Democratic Councils. John ran for Mayor on the Democratic ticket in 1960. He was appointed acting City Judge for two terms and Acting City Judge by Mayor Cecere and re-appointed by Mayor Starr. He was designated to fill the vacancy upon retirement of Judge Baroody until December 31, 1991. He was elected City Judge in 1992 and served until his retirement in 1995. He continued his private practice until 2006. Those familiar with John's work say he delivered a special mixture of firmness, compassion and fairness to the bench, likening him to Geneva's version of "Atticus Finch," the lawyer portrayed in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In the Community, John was a lifetime member and legal advisor for the Charles J. Folger Hook and Ladder Co. Inc., legal advisor for Northside Fire Company, Inc., Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster for Troop 8, former member of Board of Directors of YMCA, former President of the Geneva Jaycees, VP of the NYS Jaycees, and Jaycee "Man of the Year". He incorporated the Center of Concern, Inc. and organized, with the help from young members of the Geneva Bar, a legal aid program for civil matters at the Center. He was the former President of the Finger Lakes Regional Arts, Council Inc. and worked to save the Smith Opera House. He was a Past President of the Geneva Rotary Club
, former member and VP of Geneva Growth Inc., member of the Geneva Historical Society, member and former Judge Advocate of Winnek Post # 396 American Legion, Past President of the Geneva Chapter of the American Red Cross, and former VP of Geneva Community Chest, and Chairman of the Annual Fund Drive. Although John's ability to be directly involved in local activism was hindered by various health problems in his later years, he continued to research the practice of hydrofracking and was in staunch opposition of its use in the Finger Lakes Region.
John is survived by his wife of 59 years, Charlotte DeKay Hamlin O'Malley; children, John III of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Kevin of Sanibel, Fla., Stephen (Julie) of Geneva, Brian (Doreen) of Hamburg, N.Y.,, and David of Geneva; his sister, Constance (Eugene) McFadden of Geneva; brother-in-law, Charles (JoAnn) Hamlin of Jensen Beach, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Mary (Doersam) O'Malley of Geneva, Mary Ellen (Piscatelli) O'Malley of Geneva; grandchildren, Laura (Chris) Wakley, Jacqueline, Patrick, Christopher, and Sean O'Malley; great-grandchildren, Mason and Graham; nieces and nephews, Tom (Mary Ann) McFadden and family of Rochester, N.Y., Barbara (William) Leonard and family of Atlanta, Ga., Mary (John) Schramm, Atlanta, Ga., Robert (Ann) McFadden and family of Geneva, Sharon Mahota of Coxacksie, N.Y., Kathy Mahota of Nashua, N.H., Joseph (Shelly) Mahota and family of Albany, N.Y., Regina (John) Eddy and Family, Maryanne (Joseph) Pasquale and family of Albany, Susan (Tom) Romano and family of Canandaigua, N.Y., Michael O'Malley of New York, N.Y., Debbie (Michael) Wells and family, Karen DeTulio and family, Robin O'Malley of Geneva N.Y., Karen (Rick) Neal and family of Dayton, Ohio, Susan (Eric) Boone and family, Jensen Beach, Fla. and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
John was predeceased by his brothers, Phillip Crahan O'Malley, Richard Whyte O'Malley, Robert Reed O'Malley; sisters, Patricia Mahota and Janet O'Malley; nephews, Richard and John McFadden.
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