Nationally recognized attorney Anthony G. Scariano of Flossmoor, Illinois passed away on Dec. 26, 2012. Mr. Scariano passed peacefully at his most beloved place, Redstone, Colorado.
Tony, as he was called by most, was born in Washington, D.C. in July of 1946 to two loving parents - Anthony Scariano (II) of Chicago, Illinois, and Leah Scariano (nee Vaira) of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. In 1948, when Tony was 2 years old, the Scariano family moved to Park Forest, Illinois, which is where Tony would attend school and eventually become a young man.
After graduating from Brandeis University in 1968, Tony taught American Studies in a middle school in Harvey, Illinois. After that he spent several years coaching debate and teaching history and African American studies at his alma mater, Rich East High School. Tony received his law degree from DePaul University magna cum laude in 1974.
Anyone who had the pleasure of making Tony's acquaintance can surely attest to the larger than life impression left by this amazing, ever-gregarious, and irreplaceable man. He was a passionate fan of gardening, literature, sports, art, cooking, photography, music, theatre and so much more. Seeming to have a never-ending cache of knowledge, Tony could have a conversation with you about any topic or thing in this world. Tony was also a loving grandfather who treasured his most precious possession in the world, his granddaughter, Julianna Marie Scariano.
Mr. Scariano was a trailblazer in the field of school law. He first practiced law with his father, the late Anthony Scariano who was an Illinois Appellate Court judge, state legislator, and founder of the law Firm of Scariano, Himes and Petrarca, Chtd. Tony eventually transformed his father's general practice law firm into one of the first and few law firms in the nation that has a unique expertise in the representation of educational institutions.
Tony once served as the chairman of the National Council of School Attorneys and, in 2011, was awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a much sought-after presenter on the topic of school law and was regularly bestowed with honors and ratings as an attorney at the top of his field.
Partner Justin Petrarca was a friend and colleague of Tony's for 40 years. He remembers: "Tony was 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."
Adding to the memories, Lynn Himes, a partner and friend for over 27 years, reminisces on the many times when Tony 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.
Tony Scariano was the most articulate, most knowledgeable, most capable of men and the most loyal friend anyone could have. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Scariano is survived and always remembered by his brother John K. Scariano and niece Leigh Christina Scariano; son Anthony Scariano III; favorite "daughters" Samantha Musich, Jane Weatherred, and Ann-Marie Skinner; granddaughter Julianna Marie Scariano; uncles John and Joe Scariano; aunt Marie Makowski (nee Scariano); many loving cousins; other loving family members and friends.
A memorial service for Mr. Scariano will take place at Olympia Fields Country Club on Feb. 9, 2013 from 10 a.m -noon. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Misericordia Home, 6300 N. Ridge, Chicago, IL 60660 or at www.misericordia.com