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Obituary of Verner Richard Love

Judge Verner R. Love 1932 - 2018


     The Hon. Verner R. “Dick” Love passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 18th.  Dick is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Shirley (Rizzo) Love and their three children, Mary Frances Love of Washington D.C. and Naples, Florida; Verner Richard (Rich) Love III (Angela) of Syracuse; and Charles R. (“Chuck”) Love (Amy) of Cortland.  He is also survived by his wonderful grandchildren Nicole Love Osier (Greg), Dr. Angela Love (Sean), Daniel Love (Mandy), Robyn Love, and Christopher Love and four great-grandchildren.


     Dick was born in Greensboro, NC, but grew up in Syracuse where he graduated from Nottingham High, LeMoyne College, and Syracuse University Law School.  He loved Central New York and the Adirondacks and spent many happy summers in Old Forge, NY and Rondaxe Lake.  He loved heading outside with his watercolors and sketchbook painting the beautiful landscapes of the region.  His friends and family all cherish his artwork on display in their homes.  His handmade Christmas cards were an annual treat for everyone.


     When he was not painting the green rolling hills of Central New York, he could be found on the golf course.  He loved playing golf with his friends, and especially his sons Rich and Chuck.  He was a longtime member of Bellevue CC and spent many happy summer days on the links.  He continued to watch golf on TV for the rest of his life, cheering on his favorite pros.


     Dick joined the Army in 1952 and was stationed in the Pentagon for two years. He loved the Army; his love of his country was known by all and he was honored to serve.   Upon return to civilian life, he graduated from Lemoyne and started law school.  Dick was a lifelong member of the Onondaga Bar Association which honored him with a Fifty Year award in 2010.  Dick was a partner with the McKenzie firm in Syracuse before going into private practice. Prior to his retirement in 2008, Dick concluded his distinguished legal career as an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration.  He was much admired by the local Bar and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.


     After retiring in 2008, he traveled the world with his daughter Mary Fran.  Their travels took them to Canada, China, Finland, and Russia.  In China, Dick climbed to the top of the Great Wall of China and toured the Forbidden City.  In Russia, he visited the royal palaces and toured the Hermitage Museum.  He loved adventures and enjoyed his retirement for many years.


     Calling hours will be held at St Ann’s Church on Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse from 10am to 12pm on Monday, October 22, 2018.  A memorial Mass will follow immediately. Burial will private.


     In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Special Olympics of New York Central Region or a charity of your choice.


     Dick’s wife and children would like to thank all their friends and family for so much love and support during this difficult time.  They also thank the wonderful staff of Upstate Community Hospital and St Camillus for the care and compassion shown during his final days.