The Toledo legal community is mourning the loss of an empathetic, fair and well-respected judge. Retired Judge Frederick H. McDonald passed away last Tuesday unexpectedly in his home. He had been active member of the Toledo Bar Association since 1970.
There are so many nice things that can be said about Judge Fred McDonald. He was smart, good humored, and carried himself with extraordinary grace and dignity, and treated others, regardless of station, the same way. Toledo Bar Association President William Meyer recalls two separate conversations that he had with two separate judges about Fred. One was the late Hon. J. Ronald Bowman, and the other was the Hon. Jack Puffenberger of Probate Court. Both said essentially the same thing. When either of them had a question about law, legal procedure, or just an issue in their personal lives, they sought out the Honorable Fred McDonald for his unfailingly correct advice and counsel. “Fred was a judge's judge, which is the only way to describe the esteem he was held in by his colleagues on the bench, and in the bar,” William Meyer said. “He'll be greatly missed.”
Our condolences go out to the family, friends and community for the loss of the Honorable Frederick Hill McDonald. Read more on the kind remarks our community has on Judge McDonald here.