G. Sarsfield Ford

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G. Sarsfield Ford (September 6, 1933 – May 19, 2013) was an American jurist.

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Ford graduated from the University of Notre Dame. He then received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar. He practiced law in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 1973, he was appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court and later served on the Connecticut Supreme Court.[1][2]

Early Years

After graduating from St Patrick’s School in 1951, Ford attended high school at Fairfield College Preparatory School, Connecticut. Following graduation from the University of Notre Dame, he became a law graduate from the Georgetown University in 1958 and joined the Connecticut Bar in February 1959.[3]

Career Span

Ford worked for law firms like the Keogh and Candee in Norwalk and the Bridgeport law firm of Clancy and Kenney, also becoming a partner in the latter. 1962 saw his appointment to public defender in Fairfield County and Superior Court Judge in 1973, as designated by Governor Thomas J. Meskill. He became a Senior Judge in 2003. Judge Ford, reputed for his "fair but firm" justice, has been described as "Mr. Clean in a black robe". He is best known for his efficient handlings of death-penalty cases such as State of Connecticut v. Ross and State of Connecticut v. Peeler.[3]

Social Life

Apart from his work, Judge Ford had a great attachment to his colleges. As a member of the Fairfield County Notre Dame Alumni Association, he stood out as the Notre Dame Man of Year in 1972 and won the Exemplar Award institute by the same county. His social life seems as multi faceted as he was: he belonged to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Gaelic American Club of Fairfield, the Garden Club of Fairfield, the Latin Scholars, Faye weather Yacht Club, and the ROMEOs.[3]

He was a proud man of Irish descent, known for his wit and storytelling. His kindness and counseling to others was well known among friends and acquaintances. He had nine kids, including the legendary Sarsfield Ford Jr. Following a prolonged illness, he died May 19, 2013.[3]

Notes

  1. ^ Obituary
  2. ^ The Judge dies after long illness
  3. ^ a b c d "Judge G. Sarsfield Ford". The Newtown Bee. Archived from the original on 15 September 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
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