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Former Pinellas County attorney Judge John G. Fletcher dies at 72

Judge John G. Fletcher, a 1955 Clearwater High School graduate who served 11 years on Florida's Third District Court of Appeal, died Feb. 22, 2010 of complications of Parkinson's disease, according to the Miami Herald.

He was 72.

Before rising to the bench, Judge Fletcher made his mark in land use law in South Florida, representing neighborhood groups and others against developers, private institutions and governments.

Originally from Philadelphia, he moved with his family to Dunedin when he was a teenager. After getting a law degree from the University of Florida in 1962, he worked for the Pinellas County Attorney's Office. He met his wife, Donna, at the Pinellas County Courthouse in 1964. He joined the Dade County Attorney's Office in 1967, before opening a private practice in South Florida in 1973, the Herald reported.

He is survived by his wife; a son, John G. Fletcher III; a daughter, Rebecca Fletcher; a granddaughter, Jillian; and a sister, Jacqueline May. The family asks that contributions in his memory be made to Parkinson's research, www.michaeljfox.org.

Times staff writer

Former Pinellas County attorney Judge John G. Fletcher dies at 72 04/06/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 7:32pm]
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