Obituary: Judge Robert Andrew Fugazi, 88, passes away
Robert was born and raised in Stockton, Calif., to Molly (OConnell) and Andrew Fugazi. He was born of Irish and Italian heritage and practiced Catholicism. Robert and his brother Jack grew up in a house on Madison St. and spent many summers swimming in Yosemite Lake. Robert held many occupations in his lifetime, but began with a paper route where he quickly learned what brothels were as he had six of them on his route. As a teenager, he worked for the Coca-Cola bottling plant where he put in 12 hours per day, six days per week, earning only $12 per week. As an employee, he was allowed to drink all the soda he could enjoy and averaged 17-plus per day until his mother noticed that he wasnt hungry for dinner and put a stop to it.He graduated from Stockton High School in 1939 and enrolled at U.C. Berkeley were he majored in History and minored in Physical Education. As a pledge of Phi Kappa Tau, he successfully completed his hazing assignment when he obtained a picture of himself kissing lead vocalist Betty Hutton of The Vincent Lopez Band at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. While at Berkeley he played rugby and basketball and earned 50 cents per hour refereeing intramural basketball games at the mens gym. He met his wife, Marilyn Dederick, sophomore year during an open house at her sorority Alpha Xi Delta. They married senior year on Aug. 24, 1943. He served in the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander during World War II. He returned to the states in spring of 1946 and enrolled in Hastings Law School. In April 1951, shortly after passing the Bar he was recalled by the Navy and assigned to a ship bound for Korea. However, when his captain found out that he had passed the Bar Exam, he pulled him off the ship and appointed him to be his Legal Assistance Officer. Following his completion of service in 1952, he was an attorney for CSAA in Oakland and then took the position of Deputy District Attorney for Contra Costra County in 1955. In June 1959, Robert and Marilyn moved their family, sons Kent and Bob and daughter Lynann, to Lake Tahoe where he built a private law practice from the ground up. As the only North Shore attorney, his clients included the North Tahoe Public Utility District and the Truckee Tahoe Airport District.In 1962, with Marilyns diligent campaign management, Robert was officially elected as the only Judge of the Tahoe Judicial Court (he was appointed in 1961.) He was re-elected every six years until he retired from the court in 1986. He also served as a part-time circuit court judge for the state in 33 counties and 75 courts from 1975-1990. He will be honored in a future exhibit of the history of Placer County Courts to be located at the Historic Courthouse in Auburn. He was described as a gentle judge and prided himself on approaching each case andamp; defendant individually and with fairness. Robert and Marilyn moved to Roseville, Calif., in 1986 to be closer to their children and eventually retired to Monterey in 1998. Throughout his adult life, Robert served his community in many ways. He was a member of the North Tahoe Rotary Club and gave generously to multiple charities each year. Robert and Marilyn loved to golf, take in plays and symphonies, and enjoyed traveling the world. Robert lost Marilyn to cancer in 2000 and moved back to the Roseville area in 2006. He was a loving and nurturing husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend. All who met him and had the pleasure of his company loved him. His sister, Patricia Catlin of Pebble Beach, and brother, Jack, of Stockton, also preceded him in death. He is survived by: son, Kent of Davis; son, Bob; and daughter-in-law Sally of Trophy Club, Texas; daughter, Lynann; and son-in-law, Mark of Roseville; grandchildren, Tisa, Andrea, Marilyn, Gina, Stephen, and Anthony; great-grandchildren Zachary, Lindsey, Julie, Alex, Shannon, and Drew; and last but not least, his loyal cat, Maggie, who had him wrapped around her paw for many years. Following cremation under the direction of The Nautilus Society, his ashes will be scattered in Lake Tahoe.
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