Russell W Zaborek

August 27, 1950June 5, 2021

Russell W. Zaborek, 70, of Middleville, New York passed away 05 June 2021 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida. He left us peacefully to the music of his long-time favorite artist Bob Dylan, with his beloved wife of 35 years, Phylis, by his side. Preceded in death by his parents and his brother John Zaborek Jr., he is survived by brother Alan Zaborek, sisters-in-law Fiorella Arroba-Zaborek and Wendi Cummings, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A private service will be held in honor of his memory.


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Russell W Zaborek

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Don Corwin

June 11, 2021

As a fellow co-worker at MTC for many years, I don't think I ever saw Russ without a smile on his face. His compassion for the folks he served was obvious. He improved the lives of so many people. Rest in peace my friend.

My thoughts and prayers to Phyllis and family.

Ron Flansburg

June 10, 2021

I have known Russ all my life. We lived in the same village in upstate N.Y. and our birthdays were two days apart. We were best friends all through out life. Russ moved to Florida in the 70’s. He would visit in the summers and we would always go to Saratoga. We enjoyed that immensely. I never got to check in with him as COVID hit and regret that. Rest In Peace buddy.

Robert Walton

June 9, 2021

Russ was a big brother figure to me when I was figuring out a lot of things. Never would give advice, just quietly helped me figure it out on my own.

Sue Mesko

June 9, 2021

Russ was such a patient and kind peson. He was caring and genuine with the many individuals he served at MTC as well as his co-workers. Phyllis, you and the Family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything you need.

DeDe Grundel

June 9, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Phylis and Russ’s other family and friends. I also worked with Russ at MTC. Russ was not the kind of person to seek undo attention. He always appeared stoic to me, but I truly believe he was compassionate for the people in his sphere. I will not forget the day he showed me how to interpret the odds chart at Tampa Bay Downs. He must have seen me struggling to figure out how to place a bet. He quietly walked up (I literally had not seen him in years), took the book and gave me clear and confident instructions. Handed it back, said good luck, and walked away. To me, that was Russ. No ceremony, no false platitudes and small talk. He just saw me struggle and put me on my path. I imagine that was how he helped so many people with disabilities. Rest in peace, Russ. Your waters must have run deep to have secured such loyalty from those you held dear.

Linda Fogarty

June 8, 2021

I worked with Russ at MacDonald Training Center. He was always kind to everyone. I'm saddened by this news.

May God comfort Phyllis and the rest of the family.

John Chambrone

June 8, 2021

So sad to hear this. I worked with Russ at MTC and remember him to be such a kind and caring individual. He was a very special guy who has impacted so many lives! Rest In Peace my friend.

Betsy Isaac

June 8, 2021

I enjoyed working with Russ and was saddened to hear about his passing.

Mara Brad

June 8, 2021

Russ worked at MacDonald Training Center for a number of years. He was always so patient and kind to the people served by the Center. He cared about their well being and advancement toward independence. He also had a great working relationship with fellow workers. If he ever had a bad day, you would not know it.

Phyllis, you and the Family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mara and Jim

Eric Montes

June 8, 2021

I did not have the pleasure of knowing Russ before his diagnosis however I was lucky enough to see the beautiful caring, loving relationship he had with his wife and soulmate Phylis.
Although we mourn his loss, we also celebrate the many years of cherished memories filled with love and laughter.
May God Bless you and guide you into his heavenly kingdom.