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Portraits of justice, family at Ontario County Court

The late Judge Frederic T. Henry Jr. often would remark on the portraits that hang in the north and south courtrooms of the Ontario County Courthouse during the cases he presided over.

The portraits are a who’s who of not only the history of law in the community but also some of the area’s earliest dignitaries.

And on Wednesday, a portrait of Judge Henry, which was donated to the county by the family for this purpose, was unveiled in the north courtroom — right next to his father, Judge Frederic T. Henry Sr., who had served as county surrogate judge, as well as in state Supreme Court and the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court.

Retired Judge James R. Harvey said his late friend deserves to have his portrait with the others.

“Welcome home, Fred,” Harvey said. “Join the group.”

Judge Henry, 86, died June 16. An acting Canandaigua City Court judge from 1975 to 1981, he was elected Ontario County surrogate judge in 1981 and was reelected in 1991. He also served as a County Court judge, Family Court judge and acting state Supreme Court justice. He also developed a successful law practice in Canandaigua before taking to the bench.

Family and friends of his from the legal community gathered at the courthouse Wednesday for the unveiling as well as to share stories.

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