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Robert Briney passed away on June 18, 2013 as a result of a sudden massive heart attack. Bob was born in Staten Island, New Yorkon October 5, 1944 to Lucinda and Alonzo Briney. He grew up in upstate New Yorkand graduated from AlfredUniversityin 1966. He moved to Arizonato attend ArizonaUniversityLawSchool. Upon graduation, he served in the Army as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp for four years. Bob founded and served as the director of the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender from 1995 until his retirement in 2009. Under his leadership, the office grew in size from a few lawyers to several dozen. Bob served the indigent defense community by instilling a sense of pride in his lawyers and staff, by hiring people who would recognize the value of working hard for those who could not afford counsel, and by rejecting the notion that people charged with crime should be defined by their worst acts. Those fortunate to have worked under Bob understood that the highest quality of legal representation was his vision for an office affectionately known as OLD. Bob was a professor of law at ArizonaStateUniversity, a judge, a tennis champion and President of the Biltmore Greens III-IV Homeowners Association. Among his many interests were his dogs, local sports and his studies of the American Civil War. Of all his accomplishments, he valued most his role as friend, mentor and confidante. Among his most cherished possessions was a 1964 Bentley S III limousine he restored and maintained for several years. Bob often used the grand limousine to drive friends to and from important events such as proms and weddings. He was also known to pick up friends and family at the airport playing the role of affable chauffeur. Bob is survived by his brother Allan Briney and his family, his aunt, Janet Foord, cousins Ellen Behrhorst, Karl Foord, Lynn Foord and David Foord, his niece Carol Briney Nasby and nephew Michael Briney. His charitable donations were varied and numerous. He donated to local charities including churches, schools and non-profits serving the indigent. Bob’s support extended diverse causes from the Civil War Trust to Save the Manatees.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to: Civil War Trust 1140 Professional Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740 http://www.civilwar.org/ 301-655-1400
His life will be honored and remembered by his family and friends at the Biltmore Hotel on Saturday, June 22 at 1:00 pm.Print This Obituary & Condolences