Russell George  Quarantello


Our much beloved Russell George Quarantello, age 59, of Lewiston, NY, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 10, 2019. Born on June 24, 1960 in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of Bernardino "Bill" Quarantello and the late Helen M. (Oliver) Quarantello.
Russ was born and raised in Niagara Falls, and later moved to Lewiston with his family. He graduated with an Electrical Technology diploma from the former Trott Vocational High School in 1978, and with an Electrical Technology degree from Niagara County Community College in 1980, where he met his future wife. On October 31, 1992, he married Cheryl A. (Biondi) Quarantello in St. Joseph R.C. Church, Niagara Falls, and together they raised a daughter and three sons. Everything he did was for his wife and children, and for that we will be forever grateful.
Russ was a lifelong worker since the age of 16, often working three part-time jobs simultaneously in the summers. After college, he began his career in 1981, as a technician at Viatran on Grand Island, NY, and then The Carborundum Company, in Niagara Falls. In 1983, he was accepted into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #237 Apprentice Electrician Training Program, and he began working as an electrician. He graduated to Journeyman status in 1987. Since 1997, he has been a licensed Master Electrician in the City of Niagara Falls. He was a General Foreman, Electrical Foreman, and Journeyman Electrician. He held positions on the Local #237 Executive Board, as a board member, President, and most recently business manager for the past 12 years. In 2004 and 2005, he also worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration, traveling to the homes of those affected by hurricanes and floods, to provide disaster relief. In 2012, he was appointed to serve as a Commissioner of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, and has held that position for the past eight years, including as a past Chairman.
Russ was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Peters R.C. Church in Lewiston, as well as serving as a Eucharistic Minister for many years earlier at St. Joseph R.C. Church. He encouraged his family to attend mass each Sunday, primarily by his steadfast example. He was very active in his community and volunteered for many organizations including the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, the United Way, and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He also served as a United Way Board Member. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, cousin, and friend. Get-togethers for holidays, Papa Donut Days, the infamous Cousin's Night, or a family reunion brought him so much joy. He considered his friends his extended family, and would do anything to help them out in any way he could. He was a skilled handyman. He'd stop to help anyone in need of a hand. He was very active in his children's lives and coached many sports teams at St. Peter's R.C. School, and many soccer teams for Niagara PAL and Niagara Pioneer. He enjoyed riding his Harley, often with his wife on the back and his friends alongside. He was a member of the LaSalle Sportsman's Club and an avid shooter. He had a deep love for his community and his country, and was dedicated to his beliefs. He loved to make people laugh. He was the most kind, generous, and honest man; as many can attest to.
In addition to his father and wife, Russell is survived by his children, Annina F. Quarantello, Russell B. Quarantello, Christian D. Quarantello, and William J. Quarantello; brother, Bernard (Sue Reed) Quarantello; sisters, Diane (Ray Roffle) Quarantello, and Jean (Tony) Pascuzzi; brothers-in-law, Joseph Sirianni, Jim (Linda) Biondi, Paul (Terri) Biondi; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and all those who called him Uncle Pumpkin. In addition to his mother, Russell was predeceased by his sister, Michele (Joseph) Sirianni; mother-in-law, Anne M. Biondi; and father-in-law Raymond A. Biondi.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 14th from 5-9 PM and Thursday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where prayers will begin Friday morning at 8:30 AM, followed by Russell's Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at St. Peter's Church, 620 Center Street, Lewiston, NY. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY.
In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make donations to Russ's favorite charity, the IBEW Local Union #237 Sick Committee. God Bless Russell.
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Debbie Reeves Amacher
Aug 20, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Russ' passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him while working at CIR back in the late 1990's and just saw him a few years ago in NF, like we never missed a minute. May he rest in peace, I know he will be missed.
Claudine, Sergio, Jose, Alejandro, and Andres
Aug 18, 2019
Dear Cheryl, Annina, Russell, Christian, and William:
Words can not express how sorry we are to hear about your loss. Our condolences to all of you. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Russ will live long in our memories as a great person and as the St. Peter's soccer coach.
Julian Regan
Aug 15, 2019
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Aug 15, 2019
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Joe Altobello
Aug 15, 2019
Sent condolences of Quarantello family, R.I.P. Russ🙏🙏
Jerry Beresheski
Aug 14, 2019
As a fellow IBEW 237 member, I enjoyed Russell's sense of humor and love of life. He leaves indelible memories etched into my mind. My condolences and prayers go out to Mrs. Q and their kids. God grant you His peace and know that I am praying you through.
Rest in peace, Russell.....and thanks for the memories, my friend!
Tony Bifano
Aug 14, 2019
Russell lived next door to my family. He was a fixture on our porch since my dad would always give him some candy. He was a happy child that knew how to charm anyone who had candy.
Brian, Karen and Tyler Oakley
Aug 14, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss. Russ was such a wonderful man and Father. We are truly sad for your family. Please keep all the wonderful memories close to your hearts.
The Nashwinter Family
Aug 14, 2019
We are so sad to hear of Russ’ sudden passing. He was a great example of a wonderful father, husband and friend. Our hearts are heavy for each of you. He will be missed. Robert, Tricia, Abigail and Nathan.
Dave Thompson
Aug 14, 2019
What a legacy Russ has left
Obituary said it all
Rest in peace Russ
Glad I knew you
John Mayhue
Aug 14, 2019
Russ was a wonderful man I’m sorry about your loss . I know he will be missed by many. I will put Russ and your family in my prayers.
Patrice Joseph
Aug 14, 2019
Jean & Diane,

I am so sorry for the loss of Russ, my thoughts & prayers are with your family.
Missy Marcantonio
Aug 14, 2019
Cheryl I a so sorry to hear about Russ he was a very special person. Prayers go out to you and your family.
Dennis Virtuoso
Aug 13, 2019
Dear Cheryl and Family I am so sorry to hear of Russ's passing. I can't even express his dedication to our community. He was a icon in the labor community and will never be forgotten. I will keep Russ and his family in my prayers.
Becky coleman
Aug 13, 2019
I met Russ when he brought his children to the child care center. He always had a smile. He was a very devoted father and husband. The kindest person you would ever meet. Prayers to Cheryl and the children!! I am so sorry for your loss!!
MJ Colucci and Son Niagara Funeral Chapel
Aug 13, 2019