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Retired Judge Arthur D. Dalessandro, 86, formerly of Yatesville, died Wednesday at the home of his son.

Born in Pittston on Aug. 24, 1926, he was the son of the late Dominick and Mary LaVerde Dalessandro. He graduated at the top of his class at Jenkins Twp. High School, class of 1944. As a young man, he displayed incredible drive and work ethic, as manifested by his various jobs, including paperboy, farmhand, insurance sales, theater usher, short-order cook, highway laborer, gas station attendant, postal employee, grease boy at Stauffer Chevrolet and salesman at Sears-Roebuck & Co.

He proudly served in the Air Force during World War II. He received a bachelor's degree in finance and commerce from Wilkes College in 1949 and a juris doctorate from Dickinson Law School in 1954.

He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

He was a trial lawyer for 17 years and was appointed to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas by then-Gov. Milton Shapp in 1972. He was elected to a 10-year term in 1973 and retained for another 10-year term in 1983. He was named outstanding state trial judge of the year in 1985 by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the only judge from Pennsylvania ever to receive that award. He retired in 1989.

Over his lengthy career, more than 95 percent of his opinions were affirmed by appellate courts. Judge Dalessandro was the first trial judge in this area to permit expert testimony on the use of thermography to document and prove the pain suffered by a person who sustained a soft-tissue injury. Other accomplishments include revision of the county court rules, changes in juvenile court procedures, helping establish computer selection of jurors and initiating a voice-amplification system for courtrooms.

He was involved with countless societies and organizations, receiving numerous awards, too many to mention. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, formerly Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston, and a member of Fox Hill Country Club for more than 50 years. He loved golf, photography, traveling and the legal profession, but his true passion was endless love for his family and the tireless desire to help those in need. His contributions to our community are immeasurable, and he will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

The family would like to thank Dr. Guy Fasciana, Dr. Norman Schulman, Dr. Bruce Saidman, Dr. Charles Scrabola, Dr. Walter DelGaudio and Dr. Luther W. Brady, Philadelphia Cyber Knife, for their excellent and compassionate care of Arthur, as well as the hospice staff at CareGivers America, especially J.J. Sue and Sister Jo Ann.

Surviving are a son, Dr. David A. Dalessandro and wife, Darlene, Moosic, and their two children, Nicholas and Danielle. Also surviving are a sister, Naomi Branigan, Philadelphia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and his former companion, Nancy Rodriquez, Mountaintop.

He also was preceded in death by brothers, James and Joseph Dalessandro.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston. Interment will follow in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Marello Parish. Online condolences may be made at www.peter jadoniziofuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times from May 23 to May 26, 2013
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