Romeo G. Petroni, superior court judge

Aug 05, 2015 998

Romeo G. Petroni died Monday, Aug. 3. He is the only native son to become a Superior Court judge during the 20th Century. "It's a demanding, challenging position that requires broad knowledge of the law, but at this point in my life, I'm ready for it," Judge Petroni said in May 1990 when he received the appointment. Judge Petroni had lived 60 years in Ridgefield, but soon after the appointment, moved to the New Haven area. 

Born here in 1929, Judge Petroni graduated from Ridgefield High School, Syracuse, and Fordham Law School. He became town attorney in 1957 and a state representative in 1961, serving until 1967. In 1966, he made an unsuccessful run for Congress, but was always proud of the fact that at a fund-raising dinner in his honor, the speaker was Gerald R. Ford, then a congressman and minority leader of the House.

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