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Memorial planned for longtime schools attorney Anthony Scariano

Late attorney Anthony Scariano | File photo

Late attorney Anthony Scariano | File photo

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Updated: February 9, 2013 6:19AM



A memorial service is being planned for Anthony G. “Tony” Scariano, an attorney who represented many school districts in the Southland throughout his long career.

The service will be held in February, said Ellen McNulty, who worked for 30 years with him at the Scariano, Himes and Petrarca law firm, which has offices in Chicago, Chicago Heights and Waukegan.

“He was like an older brother to many. He was a wonderful, intelligent man who knew a little bit about everything. He was so much larger than life. He is irreplaceable,” McNulty said.

Mr. Scariano, who was born in 1946, died Dec. 26 at his Colorado vacation home. The cause of death has been determined to be a heart attack, she said. His body has been cremated.

“There was no indications at all (of any health problems). One of our partners had spoken to him on Christmas evening and he was very upbeat talking about an upcoming work conference,” McNulty said.

Partner Justin Petrarca was a friend and colleague for 40 years. On the law firm’s website, Petrarca remembered Scariano as “not only a consummate lawyer but also a ‘teacher’ at his core. He taught all he encountered so much about the meaning of the law, but also about the meaning of life. He touched all of our lives in ways that we will never forget. His role in my life as a teacher, mentor and friend will influence all that I do forever.”

On the website, Lynn Himes, a partner and friend for more than 27 years, said Mr. Scariano would become so excited while discussing a legal concept that a crowd of attorneys and staff would be drawn to his office by his passion and the eloquence of his explanations.

Mr. Scariano practiced law for more than 38 years. He loved the law, and looked forward to legal challenges, the website said.

He first practiced law with his father, the late Anthony Scariano, who was an Appellate Court justice, state legislator and founder of the firm.

Mr. Scariano transformed it from a general practice law firm into one of the first law firms that specializes in representing educational institutions, the website said. Rich Township High School District 227 and Bremen High School District 228 were among his many clients in the Southland.

Mr. Scariano served as the Chairman of the National Council of School Attorneys and in 2011 was awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award. He was honored by numerous legal associations.

Like his father, Mr. Scariano loved good Italian food and wine and frequently made baked pizzas in his backyard pizza oven, surrounded by his lush vegetable and flower garden, the firm’s website said.



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