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Guy G. deFuria, Esquire
In 1935, Guy and Joe deFuria opened their own practice
which was housed in the old Crozer Building located in Chester.
Guy and Pard remained in practice together until Pard's death.
They were great friends. Each was readily identified with their
past notoriety; Guy and his affiliations with Phi Beta Kappa and
the order of the Coif and Pard with his All-America nomination.
Their firm's name gave recognition to all the principals: deFuria,
Larkin & deFuria. Guy was always devoted to the ideals of the
profession and the concept of collegiality. Guy and his brother
Joe, among several others, confronted the problem. Clearly, the
infusion of a young and active generation of lawyers, like Guy,
in the Bar Association's ranks promoted a refreshed, invigorated
organization which rekindled meaningful communication and
cooperation between bench and bar. Guy nurtured the careers of
many accomplished lawyers, several of whom have served as
leaders of this Association.
In 1954, when former Delaware County judge and
Congressman (and former Bar President) E. Wallace Chadwick
was asked by the United States Senate to act as legal counsel
for a Senate Select Committee investigating the activities of
the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy, Chadwick conditioned
his acceptance on the premise that he would be allowed to
select his own legal staff. Chadwick's proximity to deFuria,
Larkin and deFuria allowed him easily to see and appreciate the
distinguished legal work performed by Guy.
Guy also was solicitor for several school boards as well as
for the Chester Water Authority. Guy was a patriot. He loved
this country. During the Second World War Guy served in the
United States Coast Guard as it maintained a constant vigil over
the busy and vital war industry and installations of the Delaware
Valley. As is obvious, during the earlier years, Guy did not shy
away from situations because they might be personally counterproductive or taxing. His wisdom, patience and judgment were
sorely tested during the tumultuous '60s when, in 1965 during
the Chester civil rights demonstrations, Guy was appointed
special counsel for the Chester School District. This was a very

trying time. The situation garnered much media coverage. Tact
was required due to the involvement of many different city and
state officials. Guy delivered.
Another aspect of Guy's long and distinguished career is
worthy of note, his role as an author and teacher. Guy's sense of
social, religious, legal and political philosophy is memorialized
in a series of essays authored by him and published under the title
Abcedarian Talks. The level of Guy's scholarship is conveyed
eloquently in that collection. Those who have taken the time
to read the essays and have pondered the issues cannot help but
respect the intellectual well-spring from which the ideas issued.
Guy was honored by being elected President of the Delaware
County Bar Association in 1957. But an individual of his
ability, commitment and stature will receive the accolades of
other groups as well, and Guy was no exception. His trial skills
were acclaimed when he was elected Fellow of the American
College of Trial Lawyers. The business community recognized
his contributions to local enterprise when the Delaware County
Chamber of Commerce named Guy their "Man of the Year" in
1964. However, he was most touched by the commendation
bestowed upon him by his local peers, when the Delaware
County Inn of Court named their Chapter the Guy G. deFuria Inn
of Court in 1991.
Guy formally retired from the firm of Fronefield and deFuria
in 1994. Far from that - Guy was one of the most passionate
family men. He was a loving husband to his wife Caroline and
an adoring father to his two daughters, Ann and Caroline. As
his family grew he was able (and delighted) to assume the role
of doting grandfather and great grandfather. May God grant
him divine peace and love and may we long remember Guy G.
deFuria, Esquire. *

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