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Honorable John Regan

Honorable John Manning Regan

Monday, April 18th, 1932 - Friday, April 24th, 2020
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Honorable John Manning Regan

Rochester – Lima April 24, 2020 at age 88. He is survived by his seven children, Michael, of Wellsville, NY, John Jr. (Rhonda), of Rochester, NY, Margaret (Robert) Glenney, of Roanoke, VA, Mark, of Rochester, NY, Catherine (John) Starkweather, of Rochester, NY, Teresa Manning, of Manassas, VA, Caroline (Joseph) Mulrooney, of Irondequoit, NY, his second wife, Joan (Garvey) MacDonald of Toronto, Ontario, a sister, C. Virginia Finn of Milwaukee, WI, eighteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Sheila Hogan Regan (1929-2003).

Born on April 18, 1932 in Philadelphia PA to James J. Regan, Jr. and C. Virginia (Manning) Regan, John Manning Regan was the second of five children. In 1953, he graduated from Saint Michael's College at the University of Toronto, where he met his wife, Sheila Hogan Regan, of Lima, New York. He enrolled in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1956 with the rank of Lieutenant. In 1959 he graduated from Villanova Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar. From 1959 to 1981, he practiced law in Rochester, NY. In 1964, he received a Master of Laws Degree from Yale University.

As a lawyer, he was best remembered as the attorney for the plaintiff in Babcock v. Jackson, a case that revolutionized the rules for choosing which jurisdiction's laws should be applied to the facts of a case. He was also the attorney for the plaintiff in the leading case under the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Valenti v. Rockefeller.

He was elected a Judge of the City Court of Rochester in 1981 and served a ten-year term. As a Judge, he published many opinions in the official reports, some of them controversial. He finished his legal career as an Assistant County Attorney and represented former County Executive Robert L. King in a case challenging the legality of unfunded state mandates.

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later time and place to be announced. Private interment St. Rose Cemetery, Lima. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Kateri Latin Mass Community at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4536 Saint Paul Boulevard Rochester NY 14617.
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    LIMA, NY
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Pat Rogers

Posted at 09:26pm
Our condolences to the entire Regan family and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Judge Regan gave me a ride home after Mark and I and a couple buddies went to the movies back in high school. On the way home we stopped at an intersection where he asked me whether turn N, S, E, or W? I said right which did not result in the car moving forward. Instead, we discussed the importance of always having your bearings and knowing directions relative to the 4 coordinates. This lesson stayed with me and I have always tried to have my bearings and I actually think of that story many times each year and have always really appreciated it and have tried to do the same with my kids. I hope your dad has found his true north in heaven. All the Best, Pat Rogers and family.

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