Honor Mission

COL. Russell A. Catalano, Retired


Schenectady/Schuylerville, NY - 23 Feb 2017



The family of Colonel (Ret.) Russell A. Catalano, US Army and Army National Guard veteran has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services.

Russell A. Catalano of West Galway passed away on 18 February 2017, after a brief illness. Born in 1948, he was a long time resident of the Capital District. His obituary indicates that Russell enlisted in the New York Army National Guard as a Private (E1) in January, 1967, and retired after 41 years at the rank of Colonel (O6). For his service, he was awarded The Legion of Merit Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserves Components Achievement Medal (10th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award) the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3rd Award), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, and the NYS Conspicuous Service Medal.

He was a member of several automobile clubs, served a treasurer of the Electric City GTO club and owned many classic cars which won awards at many car shows through out the years. Upon retirement he operated his own business 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.

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to be able to stand and demonstrate dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of Colonel Russell A. Catalano, USA/USANG (Ret.).

Ray Sestak
Assistant State Captain
Eastern Region, PGRNY


Primary Staging Time: 08:30 A.M.
Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home
501 Union Street
Schenectady, New York - 12305
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak
Special Instructions:
Stage in funeral home parking lot by 08:30 AM for arrival of family. Motorcycle escort - Weather permitting.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 23 Feb, 2017

Staging #2 Time: 10:30 A.M.
Gerald B.H. Solomon
Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, New York - 12871
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak
Special Instructions:
Military honors service scheduled for 11:00 AM.  Please stage quietly in parking area of Interment Shelter #1. Please be aware of any services in progress.

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