Benjamin was predeceased by his wife, Nancy of 57 years, his parents, Russell and Margaret Calcagno, brothers, Russell Calcagno Jr and Joseph Calcagno, great nephew Benny Sortino lll, great nephew Blake Cognata and step granddaughter, Lisa Cimineri. He is survived by his children Carolyn (Tony) Fedele, Richard (Theresa) Calcagno, Kathy (Bill) Homan, stepson Joseph (Juanita) Cimineri, sisters Connie Schills, Mary Jane Pawlukiewicz, Margaret Roesler and brother Walter Aldrich. Benny is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Our Dad had the cutest face, sweetest, gentle personality and the biggest heart of anyone. All you had to do was say hello to him and you loved him instantly. He loved his family dearly and was always the first one to give you a big kiss. He loved his Genny Cream Ale beer but had an extreme dislike for Sloppy Joes.
He was a Veteran of the Korean War and served in the Army stationed in Japan from 1953-1955. We are truly very grateful to the Veterans Administration for all the support and care they provided. The VA was a lifesaver.
He was a self-employed bulldozer operator for 50 years and was hands down the best in the business. He is responsible for the landscape on many golf courses including Eagle Vale, Pinewood and others. He worked on countless housing tracks and commercial properties that now adorn shopping plazas, apartment complexes and many roadways we all travel daily in Rochester. There is not a person in the business who would argue that he was the best, most honest and reliable man in construction.
We would like to extend our most heartfelt thank you to the following people to whom we are forever grateful for:
The entire staff of great people at Seneca Ridge Dialysis for the loving care provided for 9 years, the wonderful staff at the Legacy at Park Crescent, the very knowledgeable people at Hurley Care Solutions, Ron Rafferty, RN from the VA, for the very compassionate in-home nursing care given to our Dad the past 9 years. He made our Dad’s life much easier providing medical care and obtaining equipment needed.
Our Dad’s in home aides for 3 years – First, Shamecca Walters, his main aide who devoted so much of her time, love and care and went way above and beyond in taking care of him and to Yvonne McGhie, Gigi DeJesus and Raushad Martinez who also went above and beyond caring for him. Ben loved all these girls and we are forever grateful to them. His bright smile, cute laugh, loving personality will be sorely missed as his passing leaves a big gaping hole in our lives.
Friends may visit 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13th at Dreier-Giltner Funeral Home at 1717 Portland Ave, Rochester, NY 14617. His Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00 am at St. Cecilia Church, 2732 Culver Rd., Rochester, NY 14622. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Veterans Administration.