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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 229, page(s) 934


The Honorable Michael A. Ciano, state trial referee, died December 13, 1993, at the age of eighty-nine.

Judge Ciano was born February 11, 1904, in Schenectady, New York, son of the late Antonio and Anna (DeFeo) Ciano. He moved to Waterbury as a youth, where he attended Crosby High School. He graduated from Clark University in 1924. Judge Ciano was an outstanding athlete and played center on the Clark basketball team.

Judge Ciano attended Harvard Law School, but completed his law studies at the law office of Mascolo, McKnight and Dauch. He was one of the last attorneys allowed to practice after having studied law in a law office and passing the bar examination. From 1936 until he became a full-time Circuit Court judge in 1961, he practiced law in Waterbury. In 1955, he was named a Waterbury City Court judge. Judge Ciano became a Circuit Court judge when that court was founded. "He was the greatest of the forty-four," said Judge Francis J. O'Brien, a state trial referee, who, like Judge Ciano, had one of the forty-four original appointments to that court. Judge Ciano later served as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and at the time of his death, he was a state trial referee.