GENESEO – A long line of dark coats and hats descended the steps of the Livingston County Courthouse on Sunday as hundreds of people gathered from near and far in loving memory of Judge Ronald Cicoria, who sadly passed away last Wednesday.
Though clouds hung heavily overhead, hugs, sighs, and sad smiles passed among those who knew “Judge Ron” best, and remembered not only his powerful presence in the courtroom, but his profound humanity, his love for horses and riding, and his wickedly sharp sense of humor.
“He truly loved Livingston County to its absolute core,” said Judy Cicoria, Judge Cicoria’s wife. “He used to tell me about his first drive down through Geneseo from Avon, how he gazed out over this valley, and thought to himself ‘Yes. This is the place where I will spend the rest of my life.’ And he did.”
Judge Cicoria was New York State’s longest sitting county judge and an inspiration to many in the local legal community, including former county District Attorney and current New York State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Moran. Judge Cicoria was a trailblazer who rapidly climbed the county’s legal ladder. After just two years of practicing law, he was elected as District Attorney at the age of 32, and then as a County Court Judge at 35. He retired in 2005.
According to Michael Dougherty, from Dougherty Funeral Home, the handful of other citizens that have received the honor to lie in state at the county courthouse include Judge Robert Houston and Judge Gene Bergen.
Calling hours began at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and will continue until 5 p.m. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at the Wadsworth Auditorium on the SUNY Geneseo campus, where Judge Cicoria and his wife first met.
“It was the start of something truly wonderful, and we married in law school,” recalled Judy Cicoria. “He simply had the most impeccable sense of humor. He was a great man.”
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photos/Conrad Baker)