- Russell Catalano
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Memories of Russell Catalano
My dad, Russell Catalano, passed away on February 18, 2017 after a brief illness. He is survived by his three children and their spouses, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters. He also is survived by his two brothers, both fellow Lipton graduates, Chuck and Ralph, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was a proud graduate of Linton High School Class of 1966, and often spoke fondly of his friends and telling us about his memories of playing baseball, football and wrestling.
Dad retired as a Colonel after serving for 41 years in the Army, holding positions including the US Property and Fiscal Officer, during which he was accountable for all the federal property, equipment and funds that supported the NY National Guard.
During the Iraqi war, he served as the first National Guard Unit Mobilized Rear Detachment Commander, Stationed at Ft Drum, NY for 18 months supporting the famous 42 Infantry Divisions while mobilized to Iraq, representing the 42 Infantry Division Commanding General in the states and ensuring the families and loved ones back in the states of those mobilized were supported. He attended Family Readiness Group meetings and kept the families advised of the 42 Infantry Divisions activities, while supporting loved ones and families as needed. He visited wounded soldiers at Eisenhower Army Hospital, Augusta, Ga and Walter Reed Military Hospital, Washington, DC.
He was recognized for his service with many military awards including the NYS Conspicuous Service Medal (NYS highest Military award) and the Legion of Merit (Seventh highest Federal Military award).
In addition to his continued love of sports, he loved rescuing dogs and restoring classic muscle cars, whether for himself or a friend and fellow car enthusiast.
We are so very proud of our dad and miss him immensely but his pride in being a graduate of Linton and the memories he made there will carry on.