A fearless fighter all the time, everywhere. On March 6, 2017, Lawrence A. Sutter, III, lost a private 22-month battle with cancer. His wife, Judge Paula C. Giulitto, and their four-legged children were by his side each step of the way.
Larry was born on October 24, 1963 in Barberton, Ohio to Lawrence A. and Cheryl Sue (nee Wilson), Sutter, II. He was a multi-sport athlete and 1982 graduate of Barberton High School. Larry was inducted into the Barberton City School Academic Hall of Fame in 2015.
Larry went on to play football at Glenville State College and graduated in 1986. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron Law School and began his legal career in 1989 at a large firm in Cleveland. Larry made partner before the age of 40.
In 2002, Larry, along with Matt O'Connell and others, formed his own law firm, Sutter O'Connell. His firm, which employs 40 people, is dedicated to serving clients the only way Larry knew fearless representation anywhere anytime. The firm's clientele expanded to include numerous Fortune 500 companies and major insurance carriers. More importantly and as a testament to Larry's powerful advocacy, many of the same clients that existed in 2002 exist today. Larry was admitted to practice in two states, eight federal district courts, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he served his clients tirelessly.
In 2013, the Supreme Court of Ohio named Larry to the Board of Commissioners of Grievances and Discipline. In acknowledgement of his contributions to the legal industry, Larry was named a "Super Lawyer" from 2006-2015, National Law Journal "Top Ten Lawyer" in 2002, University of Akron School of Law Outstanding Alumni in 2005, and Super Lawyer's "Best Defense" in 2008.
In his spare time, Larry led Akron Law School trial teams to four national championships and eighteen regional titles. Akron's competitor, Stetson University's College of Law, recently recognized Larry for his exceptional teaching and coaching ability with their inaugural Cornerstone Award.
Larry led his English Setter bird dogs to countless hunting competition championships on the American Field Trial Circuit, including a national runner-up ribbon for Larry's favorite sidekick, Blue. His dogs -- Blue, Rowdie, Jynx, Race, Colt, Hillis, Axle, Barley, Jason, and Larry the Dog -- were purebred competitors, just like Larry. Although Shilo was not a hunter, she was a blue-ribbon-winner in his heart.
Larry was an avid hunter, fisherman, Harley-rider, and gourmet chef. He loved watching the deer eat in the cornfield and sunsets over the lake, the peace of taking his pontoon boat out and catching--or not catching--a fish, annual fishing trips to Canada, and time on his farm in central Ohio.
While Larry may not have always used words to express how proud he was of his family, there should never be any doubt. Above all else, Larry enjoyed the beauty of bringing family together around a table to share a delicious meal, stories, and laughter. That is how he shared his love.
Larry was larger than life. He faced the challenges that life threw at him, head on. He never backed down, and never gave up. He lived life on his terms, because that is who he was and how we should always remember him.
Larry is predeceased by his parents, Lawrence A. and Cheryl Sue (nee Wilson) Sutter, II; his brother Matthew Sutter; and his beloved dogs Shilo, Axel, and Jynx.
He is survived by his strong and courageous wife, Judge Paula C. Giulitto; sister Michelle Adkins; brother and sister-in-law Scott and Jill Sutter; brother and sister-in-law Michael and Carol Giulitto; in-laws Joe and Jean Giulitto; great aunts Jannell (nee Sutter) and Ken Crosley, Flo Allen, and Judie Messman; great uncle Gene (Candy) Wilson; nieces and nephews Andrew, Aaron, Tony, Sean, and Jonathan Sutter, Amanda (Drew) Stein, and Jessica and Emily Giulitto.
Friends may call from 4-8 PM on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home at 703 East Main Street in Ravenna, Ohio, where a funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Friday March 10th.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Barberton Community Foundation for a new turf field at the high school (memo turf fund) or the American Cancer Society.
The family would like to thank their friends for the tireless support and prayers. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.
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