Thomas D. Calandra

By Orleans Hub Posted 18 March 2022 at 10:32 am

American flagThomas D. Calandra, 83, a prominent criminal defense and trial lawyer whose career spanned 50 years, died March 11, 2022 following a courageous battle with kidney renal disease. From early childhood, Tom was a devoted fan of professional boxing. It was his own scrappy nature that enabled Tom to vigorously represent clients throughout his professional career and with the same determination in later years to outlive his prognosis.

Tom is predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Sara Calandra.  He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Angela Shortino-Calandra; daughters: Kristin Calandra, Dana (Richard) Root; step-daughter, Deborah Banser; step-son William (Elise) Banser; granddaughters: Rene Root, Mia Root, Emily Shaffer and Olivia Banser; sister, Gabrielle Barone; brother-in-law, Frank Shortino; a nephew, nieces, and cousins.

Tom is a 1955 graduate of Medina High School. After graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Sept. 31, 1955 where he served through March 3, 1959.  Following his military service, he attended SUNY Cobleskill and later Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and his Juris Doctor in 1966.

Tom was admitted to the New York Bar in December of 1966 and started his general law practice in Albion.  In 1968 he was appointed as the first public defender in Orleans County.  Throughout his career, Tom handled many high-profile cases throughout the Finger Lakes and Western New York region. The cases themselves and surrounding circumstances, at times, were the subject of polarizing public interest.  Tom is well known as a stalwart competitor in the courtroom. He will be remembered by many young lawyers he mentored for the help and advice he gave and for sharing his vast knowledge.   He was elected to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

After retiring in 2015, Tom enjoyed his annual Las Vegas trips to his Navy friends’ boxing gym to watch upcoming new boxers spar.  He also enjoyed spending winters in Florida visiting with family and friends and watching his favorite sports teams.

Calling hours are 1-5 p.m. on Sun., March 27, at Fowler Funeral Home, 340 West Ave., Brockport, NY 14420,

Mass at 11 a.m. on Mon., March 28, at St. John Evangelist Church, 60 Martha St,. Spencerport, NY 14559,

Private burial for family members only in Medina, NY.

In lieu of flowers, family ask that donations be made in Tom’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105,  800-822-6344 or to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256