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Anthony S. 'Tony' Federico Jr.

Anthony S. "Tony" Federico Jr. was a former civil trial attorney who specialized in personal injury cases.
Anthony S. "Tony" Federico Jr. was a former civil trial attorney who specialized in personal injury cases. (Baltimore Sun)

Anthony S. "Tony" Federico Jr., a former civil trial attorney who specialized in personal injury cases, died March 16 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin of pneumonia. He was 71.

"Tony was quick on his feet, had an engaging personality, and had a smile that radiated for miles," said retired District Judge G. Darrell Russell Jr., who had known Mr. Federico since they were 15 years old.

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"Tony lit up a room and whenever there was a party, he was at the center of it. He was just larger than life," said Judge Russell. "Everyone wanted to be with him because of his great personality."

The son of Anthony S. Federico Sr., a noted Baltimore criminal defense attorney, and Jean Sokoloski Federico, a homemaker, Anthony Salvatore Federico Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Spring Lake Way in Homeland.

Mr. Federico was a graduate of Mount Washington Day School and in 1961 graduated from McDonogh School, where he had been an outstanding athlete and the recipient of nine varsity letters.

He was first string varsity lacrosse goalie during his four-year career at the Owings Mills school, and as a senior was co-captain of the team. He was named to the first team all MSA and was co-recipient of the William P. Cole Award for outstanding leadership and sportsmanship.

Mr. Federico attended the University of Virginia and transferred to what is now Loyola University Maryland, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1965.

"If he ever knocked over anyone on the lacrosse field he was the first guy to go over and get them on their feet. He was such a great athlete," said Judge Russell.

After graduating from Loyola, Mr. Federico worked as a gym teacher and coach, and was athletic director at the School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. He later taught and coached lacrosse at Boys' Latin School.

He continued playing lacrosse as a starting goalie for the University Club and Carling Lacrosse.

"Tony could not resist the urge to follow in his father's footsteps and later attended law school," said a brother, Philip C. Federico, a lawyer, who lives in Baltimore.

Mr. Federico attended American University and earned a law degree in 1972 from the George Washington School of Law. After passing the Pennsylvania bar exam, he established Federico & Associates in York, Pa., and later moved to Harrisburg, Pa.

"He never really practiced here in Maryland very long but mainly practiced in Harrisburg where he built up a clientele very quickly," said Judge Russell, who is now a partner in the law firm of Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell LLC.

Mr. Federico retired in the mid-1990s, his brother said. Mr. Federico lived in Ocean City and at a home on Spring Lake Way.

In 2001, Mr. Federico, who had been a lifelong bachelor, met and fell in love with the former Joyce L. Schultze, whom he married in 2001.

During his high school days, his brother said, Mr. Federico was known as "The Greek," and later in life, "Austin Powers Esq."

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"He always had a love of cars dating back to his days in high school, when he purchased a 1939 Ford that he affectionately referred to as 'The Beast,''' said Mr. Federico.

"Tony always enjoyed driving a fine automobile with the top down. When the weather permitted, and sometimes not, he would don a Hawaiian shirt, puca beads and a new hat," he said. "That probably explains why he was not very fond of the winter and preferred the beach."

"Tony used to have a black shock of hair that eventually went gray and then he went bald. I think it was one of the reasons he always wore fedoras," said Judge Russell with a laugh.

Tom Miller has been a friend of Mr. Federico's for years.

"Tony was definitely one of a kind," recalled Mr. Miller, who lives in Towson. "He was just a very energetic and charismatic person. You never had a bad time with Tony because he was so positive and always upbeat. There are no questions about it. He was just a great and kind person."

Mr. Federico enjoyed visiting the Caribbean.

Mr. Federico was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where a memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday.

In addition to his wife and brother, Mr. Federico is survived by two other brothers, Michael S. Federico of Lutherville and Christopher P. Federico of Jarrettsville; two sisters, Maria F. Calder of Baltimore and Paula F. Conley of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

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