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In Memoriam

It is with sadness that we recognize the passing of the following members of the Fayette County Bar.

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Davina D. Burd, age 47, of Scottdale passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Forbes Regional Hospital Monroeville. Davina was born June 8, 1974 in Uniontown the daughter of Thomas and Ruth Ann Fencil Burd. Davina was a 1992 graduate of the Mt. Carmel Christian School, Bob Jones University and the Oklahoma City University School of Law. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Fayette County Bar Association where she served as a board member.


In addition to her parents, Davina is survived by, a sister, Kristina Cossell (Chris) of Connellsville, brothers, Thomas Burd and fiance' Sarah Burbage and her daughter, Charlee of FL, Tyler Burd (Megan) of St. Clairsville, OH; nieces, Aubrey Burd and Abigail Cossell, nephews, Zachary, Jonathon and Nicholas Cossell and Peyton Burd; her aunt Beverly Fencil and uncle Raymond Fencil and wife Valerie; also numerous cousins and extended family.

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Arthur P. Tonozzi, age 78, of Uniontown, PA, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020 in the Uniontown Hospital.  He was born October 27, 1942 in Star Junction, PA, son of the late Primo Tonozzi and Mary Trevisanutto Tonozzi.

Art graduated from Frazier High School with the class of 1960 then received a degree in Education from California State Teachers College in 1960. He taught history at Mount Pleasant High School for a short period followed by Law School at West Virginia University where he graduated in 1968 with a Juris Doctorate. Art represented the United Mine Workers of America for several years along with servicing his community in his private practice until retirement. He was a faithful member of St. Therese de Lisieux Roman Catholic Church of Uniontown, Sons of Italy Lodge #231 of Uniontown, the Uniontown Country Club, and the PA and Fayette Bar Associations.  Art was an avid golfer, enjoyed reading, boating and spending time with his family.

Left to cherish Art’s memory are his loving wife of fifty-two years, Joyce Celaschi Tonozzi; three children, Paula Barry and husband Tim of Morgantown, WV, Thomas Tonozzi and wife Allyson of Hudson, OH and Todd Tonozzi of Uniontown; four grandchildren, Christopher and Nicholas Barry and Camryn and Cade Tonozzi; and a brother, Ronald Tonozzi of Walnut Cove, NC.

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Fred C. Adams Sr., 95, of Uniontown, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  He was born in Phillipi, West Virginia.  Fred grew up in the Brownsville area and was a graduate of Redstone High School, Class of 1942.  He served with the United States Navy during World War II.  Judge Adams graduated from California State Teachers College with a Bachelor's in Education and Duquesne University Law School.

Fred Adams was a practicing attorney in Uniontown from 1957 through 2019, which included being a partner in the firm of Coldren Adams and, most recently, in partnership with his grandson, Jason Adams, at Adams & Adams.

Judge Adams served on the bench in the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County from 1975 through 1986.  He is remembered by his colleagues as being a remarkable man “of deep integrity, who was kind, polite and studious but who always commanded respect,” as well as for his dedication to his family and the law.

Judge Adams is survived by his wife, Catherine, son Fred C. Adams Jr., his grandchildren, Jason Adams, Joel Adams and Melanie Leaseburg, and eight great-grandchildren.

The Fayette County Bar Association will hold a memorial service before the Court for Judge Fred C. Adams, Sr. at the Fayette County Courthouse in Courtroom No. 1 on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at noon.

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Herbert Margolis, 92, formerly of Uniontown, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Herb grew up in Masontown, and graduated from Masontown High School, Class of 1945.  He was a World War II veteran having served in the United States Navy.  He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Mr. Margolis practiced law in Fayette County for more than 60 years, most recently with the firm of Margolis, George & Port.  Throughout his years of practice, he was a solicitor for various authorities, municipalities and school districts, including the Uniontown Area School District and Fayette County Redevelopment Authority.  Herb was respected by his peers as being “knowledgeable, hardworking and highly ethical.”

He was an avid Pitt fan and enjoyed golfing with friends.  Herb’s highest priority was his love for his family and the pride he had for his children and grandchildren.  Herb is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara; sons Jim, Gary and Tom and daughter, Sara, and six grandchildren.