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Legacy of the Hon. Frederic T. Henry recalled in Ontario County

Because he was so humble, the Hon. Frederic T. Henry Jr. may not have wanted a ceremony and moment of silence in his honor, daughter Jan Henry said.

But she said she is sure the late judge was smiling from above anyway.

“He was very well loved and deserving of it,” said Henry, shortly after a remembrance of his life and moment of silence in his honor in front of the Ontario County Courthouse on Friday.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office’s Honor Guard also lowered the flag in his memory.

“He loved being judge and it was such a key point of his life,” Henry said.

Judge Henry, 86, died June 16. His father, Frederic T. Henry Sr., also had served as county surrogate judge, as well as in state Supreme Court and the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court.

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.

Judge Henry “personified” justice, said state Supreme Court Justice Craig Doran.

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