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“Heart felt condolences to Russ's family. I first met Russ while serving in the 727 Mt Co in Schenectady in 1967. For the next 32 years, our careers...Read More »
1 of 59 | Posted by: Al Smith - WARRENSBURG, NY

“To the Catalano family: I am mortified by this news, just finding out about 10 minutes ago while talking to my cousin David Felano. I wish he had...Read More »
2 of 59 | Posted by: A friend

“There was no finer man. I hardly knew him yet he treated me with such kindness and respect. I will surely miss him. ”
3 of 59 | Posted by: E W - Latham, NY

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Col. Catalano's passing. He was always approchable and never aloof. He was one of our agency's good guys and a...Read More »
4 of 59 | Posted by: A friend

“We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Remembering the good ol' days when the kids were growing up - Robinson Street. May your memories bring...Read More »
5 of 59 | Posted by: A friend

“I was very sorry to hear of Russell's passing. I'll always remember Aunt Minnie and Uncle Buster's gentle giant from my early childhood. Deepest...Read More »
6 of 59 | Posted by: Michael Porcari - Rotterdam, NY

“A good man taken far too soon. Always gave 110 per cent. I am happy to have known him and even prouder to call him a friend. RIP buddy. ”
7 of 59 | Posted by: Bill Gleason - Halfmoon, NY

“Russ was one of our favorite customers. It was always a pleasure to see him walk thru the door. All my employees loved him. Such a humble and kind...Read More »
8 of 59 | Posted by: Burnt Hills Upholstery - NY

“Sir, you will be missed but not forgotten. I understand now how easily it was for you to donate to my one and only charity without condemning me for...Read More »
9 of 59 | Posted by: Bonnie Lu LaManna-Brehm - NY

“Very sobering news of Russ passing, I had the pleasure of working with Russ for some 27yrs. He was all class all the time, a humble man and a...Read More »
10 of 59 | Posted by: Greg Gatto - green island, NY

“Russ, you were the kindest, most humblest friend I have ever had, and I am deeply saddened you are now gone. I can imagine you in heaven driving the...Read More »
11 of 59 | Posted by: Ted Soltys - Albany, NY - Friend

“Russ was truly a down to earth kind of guy. Several times we would sit down and just talk about things that didn't deal with just the military. He...Read More »
12 of 59 | Posted by: Paul Powers - Homer, NY

“So many memories while serving together in NYARNG.You were an Officer that always fought for your Soldiers and others around you saw that "LDRSHIP"...Read More »
13 of 59 | Posted by: Major (Ret) Elizabeth Condon - NY

“COL Catalano was a true gentleman. He was a humble man, who didn't want to be noticed with his rank. An encouraging word, a helping hand, a listening...Read More »
14 of 59 | Posted by: Stephen Geene - Scotia, NY

“So sorry to hear of Russ' passing. He was a good man and good soldier. I served with him for many years. He will be missed. I am in Florida this week...Read More »
15 of 59 | Posted by: Joseph Collorafi - Schenectady, NY

“Col Catalano was a true gentleman. A humble guy rarely calling attention to his rank. He did his best to help the people who worked for him. I think...Read More »
16 of 59 | Posted by: stephen geene - scotia, NY

“My Husband & I got to know Russ through the untimely death of my brother and the classic GTO we inherited . Russ offered his knowledge, kindness and...Read More »
17 of 59 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sad too hear of the passing of Russ. He was a gentleman and friend. He was always available to help others. He provided me with support and...Read More »
18 of 59 | Posted by: Tom Halabuda - Clifton Park, NY

“With my deepest sympathies to the Catalano Family. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to serve with COL Catalano in the JFHQ. May you...Read More »
19 of 59 | Posted by: CSM(Ret) Randy Ross - NY

“Being a "Down-Stater", I had less of an opportunity to work directly with Russ then many of the others who have written their memories. However, when...Read More »
20 of 59 | Posted by: Robert Edelman - Merrick, NY

“With my sincere condolences to the Catalano Family. May you Rest In Peace. ”
21 of 59 | Posted by: CSM (Ret) Randy Ross - NY

“My deepest sympathy to the Catalano family. What I remember the most about COL Catalano was his genuine kindness. God Bless- ”
22 of 59 | Posted by: Jennifer Lammon - Latham, NY

“My favorite Uncle always had a huge presence and influence on my life. Coming from a true classic car family, theres no mistaking that he has always...Read More »
23 of 59 | Posted by: Chad Catalano - Medford, NJ

“Mary, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Russ was a true friend and Ill...Read More »
24 of 59 | Posted by: Donel Prendergast - Watervliet, NY

“Russ was a true gentleman, a most caring and dedicated officer and the most humble person I have ever known. We shared many good times and laughs...Read More »
25 of 59 | Posted by: Michael Canonica - The Villages, FL

“So sad to hear of the passing of COL Catalano, he was a Officer of the Soldier that could be depended on to always provide the troops with what was...Read More »
26 of 59 | Posted by: Robert Spohr (SSG NYARNG) - NY

“Russ, you were truly a gentleman, friend and a great soldier too. I was always envious of your short game and will always remember our times on links...Read More »
27 of 59 | Posted by: mike friess

“I feel blessed to have worked with Russ for 25 years and to have known him for 33years. Russ was extremely detailed, proficient and knowledgeable....Read More »
28 of 59 | Posted by: Andrew and Mary Stewart - Latham, NY

“Col Catalano was best known for his evenness, almost shy demeanor. His support of the 42d Infantry Division during its historic mobilization from...Read More »
29 of 59 | Posted by: CSM (ret) John Willsey - Cohoes, NY

“Russ, what you saw is what you got. Total class as a man and a officer. Proud to have served under you. RIP my friend. ”
30 of 59 | Posted by: Mike Bullis - Rotterdam

“Saddened of the news of the death of a good man, God has other plans, rest in peace russ ”
31 of 59 | Posted by: Kim Green - Ballston lake, NY

“R.I.P. Colonel. It was truly a pleasure to have met and served with you. ”
32 of 59 | Posted by: Joe Mraz - Gloversville, NY

“Very sad to hear of the passing of Russ. A good man that I only came to know late in life. May you Rest in the Peace. ”
33 of 59 | Posted by: Bob Catalano - Tallahassee, FL

“Col Catalano was one of those guys you knew had your back. I remember having to go to him for extra rations for troops who were headed overseas. I...Read More »
34 of 59 | Posted by: Bill Watson - Hilton Head Island, SC

“In you life you meet a few exceptional people. Russ was a leader,a mentor and a dear personal friend. He went out of his way to help people restore...Read More »
35 of 59 | Posted by: David and Karen Keil - Charlton, NY

“Russ, We had one moment in time, this belongs to us. . I will never forget you and my heart is broken. Glad we spent time at the reunion. My heart...Read More »
36 of 59 | Posted by: Kathy Belmonte-Swanker - NV

“My friend Russ, RIP. You were one of the nicest, kindest and humblest men that I ever had to honor of knowing. Go with God. ”
37 of 59 | Posted by: Leon Peck - Clarence Center, NY

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Colonel Catalano. I had the pleasure of serving with Colonel Catalano for several years...Read More »
38 of 59 | Posted by: Roy Barringer (CW5 Ret) - NY

“Russ "My Buddy" When we served together you were always there in the good times and the not so good times. RIP My condolences to his family. ”
39 of 59 | Posted by: Frank Polis - Stuart, FL

“Many members of the NY Army National Guard owe Russ an eternal debt of gratitude for all the time, energy, personal service and support he provided...Read More »
40 of 59 | Posted by: JOHN LONTRATO - N. CHARLESTON, SC

“So sad to see Russ leave us so soon. Great friend, classmate, teammate and comrade in arms. So many memories. He will be missed. My sincere...Read More »
41 of 59 | Posted by: Joe Taluto

“My most sincere condolences to Russ's family. I served with him from 1967 to retirement. We have lost a great soldier, and a great man. God bless you...Read More »
42 of 59 | Posted by: Paul Brunk - Latham, NY

“Very sad to hear of the passing of Russ. We were friends for many years starting in junior high school through our service together in the Army...Read More »
43 of 59 | Posted by: Mike Van Patten - NY - Friend

“Russ had a major impact on my life. He is much of the reason why I am where I am today. I am so sorry to hear this news. He was a great leader and...Read More »
44 of 59 | Posted by: Lenny Zuriff - Tampa, FL

“One of my best childhood friends and teammates. Played Little League together on the same team and all thru school on both football and baseball...Read More »
45 of 59 | Posted by: George Gottwald - Ballston Lake, NY

“Dave & Gayle & Family send our Deepest Condolences to His Family , ”
46 of 59 | Posted by: Gayle Briwn - Niskayuna

“So sorry. We are away and can't be at the services. Russ was a great guy and loved his family. We are sorry for your loss. Love,Jeff and Janice ”
47 of 59 | Posted by: Jeff Wilson - Ballston Lake, NY

“Sorry for the loss of your loved one.May the God of peace and comfort,comfort the family at this time of sorrow. ”
48 of 59 | Posted by: A friend

“Russ was a true gentleman. We always looked forward to running into him at many car events during the years. We shared our love for Pontiacs.We...Read More »
49 of 59 | Posted by: Lydia & John Coffey - Albany, NY

“I had the pleasure of working with Russ both at DMNA and the 109th TAG.He was always the same, a solid professional and a perfect gentleman.The...Read More »
50 of 59 | Posted by: Bob McInerney - The Villages, FL

“went to grade school jr.high hs.with russ always fun to hang out with i will miss you my friend RIP ”
51 of 59 | Posted by: daniel moorewen - hornell, NY

“It was a privilege to know Russ through the GTO club. ”
52 of 59 | Posted by: Gary Brodock - Averill Park, NY

“Thank you for all your kind words! Our family is extremely blessed to know of the love that surrounded our dad. We are so proud of him. Melissa,...Read More »
53 of 59 | Posted by: A friend

“RIP Russ. I am grateful I had the privilege of working with you. Thank you for all you did. Prayers up for you, your family and friends and fellow...Read More »
54 of 59 | Posted by: Joan Sullivan - The Villages, FL

“Prayers for the family and for Russ. Always a pleasure to work with you. Rest in peace. ”
55 of 59 | Posted by: Carol Latza-Cohen - Huntersville, NC

“COL Catalano was a fine Officer, as well as a Gentleman, in every sense of the word. His many years of faithful service to State and Nation will be...Read More »
56 of 59 | Posted by: SGM Eric Heller - Colonie, NY

“My thoughts and prayers are with Russ's family. He was an outstanding officer and soldier. ”
57 of 59 | Posted by: Phil DelCostello - Longs, SC

“I worked with COL Catalano while he was the Contracting Officer and when he work in the USP&FO front office. He was a true professional and treated...Read More »
58 of 59 | Posted by: Marye Hollenbeck - Stillwater, NY

“So many memories as our sons grew up and played baseball together. We've lost a loving and caring person who will be dearly missed. ”
59 of 59 | Posted by: Bill & Terry Van Evera - NY

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Russell A. Catalano (COL, Ret), of West Galway, NY, retired US Property and Fiscal Officer for NY Army National Guard passed away on February 18, 2017 after a brief illness.

Born on February 19, 1948 in Schenectady, NY, he was a long time resident of the Capital District area. He was the son of the late Sebastian and Minnie (Potts) Catalano. He is survived by his three loving children, who he was so proud of and loved dearly, Melissa (Michael) Dannenberg, Burnt Hills, NY, Michael (Barbara) Catalano, San Diego Ca, and Mary Catalano, Burnt Hills, NY. Brothers Charles (Cathy) Medford, NJ and Ralph (Jan) Schenectady, NY. He loved and enjoyed his grandchildren Katie (Kevin) Curtis, David (Michaela) and Scott Dannenberg, TJ Olsen and Justin and Olivia Catalano; his two great granddaughters, Kenzie Curtis and Aubrianna Dannenberg (Due in March), several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also very appreciative of the loyalty and support of his companion Missy (Catherine) Gardner. She was with him and stood by his side through many trying events.

He was a graduate of NYAC College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and had several Associate degrees.

In his position as the US Property and Fiscal Officer he served on active duty and was accountable for all the federal property, equipment and funds that supported the NY National Guard. He retired from the Army after serving over 41 years.

He entered the NY Army National Guard as a PVT E1 on 9Jan67 and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class E7 prior to his first term of enlistment of six years. He became a Warrant Officer 1 as a Personnel Technician and was promoted to the grade of CW2 as a Supply Technician. He was appointed as a First Lieutenant and rose thru the ranks occupying many military leadership positions
until his final grade as Colonel 06.

He entered the NY Army National Guard with the 727 Maint Co and was elevated to HQ 727 Maint Bn located at the Schenectady, NY Armory. Upon reorganization he was reassigned to the HQ 105th Inf Bn Schenectady, NY. After several years he was transferred the Command and Control Hqs Albany NY and was later transferred to the HQ New York Army National Guard, Albany, NY as a Auditor for the USPFO-NY. He served in several positions within the USPFO-NY to include Finance Officer, Logistics Officer and Director of the USPFO. His biggest impact and accomplishments came upon his reassignment as the NY National Guard Contracting Officer.

As the NY National Guard Contracting Officer he was responsible to negotiate and award contracts for military construction and supplies. He supported the 109th Air Wing, Scotia, NY by negotiating contracts for their missions to both the North and South Poles. He was also responsible for construction projects at the five Air National Guard Bases throughout New York State ensuring change orders and cost over runs were kept at a minimum. He was also responsible to ensure during base closures that the first service contract of this magnitude was implemented at the former Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, NY ensuring mobilization and demobilization of the 10th Mountain Division located at Ft Drum, NY. For his efforts he was awarded the Air Force Military Commendation Medal. He was a member of the National Guard Bureau Acquisition Counsel, Washington DC which developed regulations, policies and support to the 50 States Contracting Offices. He was the First National Guard Officer to receive the Secretary of The Army Contracting Officer of the Year Award, competing with other contracting officers throughout the world.
He was humble and rarely spoke of his responsibilities and accomplishments. He always was appreciative of his staff and co workers and gave them credit for his success as he understood the importance of taking care of those that supported him, He took a personal interest in their well being while doing all he could to show his appreciation for their support and loyalty to him. He was also very appreciative of his superiors who gave him guidance and support but allowed him to make decisions based on his knowledge of the situation and input from his staff. He always gave his all and believed that hard work made a person better.

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. During this tenure it was his responsibility to ensure that the deployed division received items of equipment and replacement personnel for mission success while handling many other duties.

A graduate of Linton High School Class of 1966, he was a three sport letterman his junior and senior year, playing baseball, wrestling and football. His senior year he was a member of the All County Football team. He loved the Yankees and felt privilidged to see so many Yankees greats play during his lifetime.

He enjoyed playing golf and all sports in general. He played baseball from Little League thru American Legion, pitching and playing shortstop. He was a member of several automobile clubs, served a treasurer of the Electric City GTO club and won awards at many car shows throughout the years. Upon retirement he assisted in restoring cars for others to the highest of standards. His enjoyment also included helping others offering advice on restoring or maintaining their own classic cars.

He attended numerous military schools and was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. Among his many military awards that he received