BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Robert J. Giuffra, of Bronxville, and Otis, Mass., died Saturday, April 30. He was 85.
He was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 28, 1930, to Severino and Teresita Giuffra.
He was a graduate of St. Augustine's High School, St. John's University School of Law and Brooklyn Law School.
He served overseas in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the war, he joined what is now known as Dougherty, Ryan, Giuffra, Zambito & Hession. For many years, he was the firm's senior partner. A leading member of the admiralty, insurance and products liability bars, he had a trial and appellate practice in federal and state courts. He practiced law into his 80s. He mentored many young lawyers, including three of his children.
He served as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee and Committee on Character and Fitness of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, First Judicial Department. He also was a member of the board of trustees of The Berkeley Institute.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dr. Mary J. Giuffra; four children, Robert Jr. of New York City, Mary Elizabeth of Paris, Lisa of Bronxville, and Thomas of Scarsdale; eight grandchildren, Gabriela, Alessandra, Olivier, Elizabeth, Claire, Caroline, Robert III and Thomas Jr.; and his sister, Alice Brusati.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, 20 Cedar St., Bronxville. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. at The Church of Saint Joseph in Bronxville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Robert J. Giuffra 53L Scholarship at St. John's University School of Law.
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