OBITUARY

Ross M. Cellino Sr.

October 10, 1932January 30, 2019
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CELLINO - Ross M., Sr. Of West Seneca, NY, passed in peace at the age of 86. He was called home to the Lord January 30, 2019. Beloved husband of 66 years to Jean E. (nee Maggio); dearest father of Dr. Michael (Dr. Ivonne) Cellino, Sharon (Scott) Davies, Rose Ann Cellino, Ross (Anna Marie) Cellino, Jr., Joseph Cellino, David (Michele) Cellino, Anthony (Kim) Cellino, Julie (Denis) Bastible and the late Susan (Larry) Haxton; also survived by 32 loving grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; brother of Nicholas (Clarice) Cellino, Dolly (Richard) Gostomski and Richard Cellino; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Lifelong friend of Russell Pulvino. Family present Friday 2-8 PM at the HOY FUNERAL HOME, 3855 Seneca St., West Seneca, NY. Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday morning at 10 at St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, NY (please assemble at church). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc. Online condolences may be shared at www.hoyfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

Ross M. Cellino Sr.

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Marcia Turkovich Warner

February 4, 2019

Dear Michael, Sharon, and Family,
I was so sad to read of your Dad’s passing ... He was a wonderful man and raised an amazing family .
I hope you can find comfort in all of your memories.
With deepest sympathy ,
Marcia Turkovich Warner

Megan Elmore

February 4, 2019

Cellino Family -

I am so very sorry to hear about Grandpa Ross! He was one of the best people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. I always enjoyed his company sitting and talking on the front porch or strolling through the yard. I still think of him every time I go to buy a new car or use a credit card as he would always tell me.. “don’t ever pay interest. If you have $500, you buy a $500 car”. Some pretty great advice haha. Thinking of all of you, and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Megan

Gianfranco and Cheryl Onorati

February 4, 2019

We are sending our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Jean and the entire Cellino family.
We had the great pleasure to meet Ross and family on our Italian trip when we lodged in Fiuggi Italy together and passed memorable days in each others company. We will always remember Ross as a great gentleman and cherish those memories lived together so many years ago. His character and warmth remain vivid to us today and we were proud to be at his funeral to celebrate his life.
In prayerful support to his family,
Gianfranco and Cheryl Onorati

Christopher Scott

February 3, 2019

Though I only met Mr Cellino a short time ago I found myself gathered up in the the wonderful family surrounding him. His accomplishments ,his humor and positive outlook were contagious. I am the better for having met him. Yes

Louis Fumerelle

February 1, 2019

Dear Ross and family,
Sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a true gentleman who always had a smile on his face. Rest in peace. God Bless your family.
Louis Fumerelle
New York, NY

Linda Fischer

February 1, 2019

Tony: Our deepest condolences on the loss of your father. May he RIP. Sincerely: Linda and Christopher Fischer

Joe Foley

February 1, 2019

Ross: please accept my deepest sympathies over the passing of your father.
My prayers go out to you in this most difficult time. My God Bless you. Joe Foley

Al Caruso

February 1, 2019

Would like to express my deepest condolences to the Ross Family...keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers...

Fran Pordum

February 1, 2019

Ross,Dave,Tony,and Families,

I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to you and your families on the passing of your father Ross.He lived a good life and set a good example for his family to live by.My prayers are offered to you and your mother at this sad time . May he rest in peace with the Lord.


Best regards, Fran Pordum

James Scaccia

January 31, 2019

When someone you love becomes a memory...
The memory becomes a treasure...

Prayers to all the family as you deal with the loss of a loved one.

It will be the little things that you remember...
the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that will help to push away the pain, and bring smiles back again.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Elizabeth’s Pre-K Graduation June 2007

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Grandpa (probably whistling) with Jackson and Elizabeth - June 2007

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Jackson 3 years old 2008

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Elizabeth’s Piano recital, May 2011

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Bobby’s Confirmation, April 2013

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Jackson’s 12th birthday August 2017

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Celebrating Elizabeth’s 9th birthday, June 2011

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Elizabeth’s Confirmation May 2018

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Grandma and grandpa hanging in Florida December 2018

Biography

Ross M. Cellino Sr., founder of the law firm that became Cellino & Barnes, one of the largest personal injury firms in the nation, died Wednesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 86.

He joined with Michael Likoudis in 1958 to establish Cellino & Likoudis, later Cellino, Bernstein and Dwyer. For 25 years, he maintained a small office in the Brisbane Building in downtown Buffalo. When it moved in 1990, it had a staff of four attorneys.

Although Mr. Cellino handled a number of personal injury clients, his practice focused on real estate, criminal clients and trusts and estates. He retired at age 59, shortly after one of his sons, Ross Jr., and a new attorney, Stephen E. Barnes, joined the firm.

Another son, Dr. Michael Cellino, noted that his father “was always well-respected in the legal community for his sharp intellect, his quick wit and his charming personality. Having nine children at home, and a wife to support, he rarely turned down a case.”

To accommodate one of his poorer clients, Dr. Cellino said, his father took a sewing machine in payment. Another time, he accepted a couple of Frank Sinatra albums.

Ross Michael Cellino Sr. was born in his parents’ home on a small farm near Dunkirk. The son of Michael D. and Rose (Millonzi) Cellino, he was one of four children and was a 1950 graduate of Dunkirk High School, where he was president of the Honor Society, the History League and the Spanish Club and had starring roles in school plays. His yearbook described him as “a born leader” and “always energetic and enthusiastic.”

He had a variety of odd jobs during his school years. He worked on his father’s farm and a neighbor’s farm, had a newspaper delivery route, was a stock boy at Jayne’s dress shop in Dunkirk, set pins in a bowling alley, was a crane operator at Alco in Dunkirk and worked in the Red Wing canning factory in Fredonia.

Active in sports, he was a standout third baseman in the Dunkirk City Softball League and undefeated as a wrestler in his freshman year at the University of Buffalo, although he had never wrestled in high school.

Before starting UB, he had begun dating Jean Maggio. They were married in August 1952 in a double ceremony that included his brother Nicholas and his bride, Clarice, and moved to Buffalo.

With their first child on the way, Mr. Cellino took a job as a chemist at Linde Air and continued his studies at UB for another year at night. He enrolled in UB law school in 1954, attending classes by day and working at Bethlehem Steel at night, operating the big cold saw.

After he graduated in 1956, he worked briefly as a collection attorney, then as a trial attorney for another firm before establishing his practice.

He also was an entrepreneur. With Larry Haxton, he bought Mel-O-Dee Pools in West Seneca in 1967, which provided work experience for several of his children.

With his wife’s cousin, Al Faso, he founded Al-Ross Sports Screening in the early 1970s. Honored as Business of the Year in 2018 by the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce, it is now run by his sons, Joseph and David. His late daughter, Susan, also was active in the business.

He gave another son, Anthony, a used sewer cleaning machine, which led Anthony to establish Cellino Plumbing.

An original member of the board of directors of Ecology and Environment Corp., he continued as a board member in retirement. He also was active with the West Seneca Kiwanis Club.

He and his wife became world travelers and, in 2017, they hosted 84 members of the Cellino family for a week together at Ocean Isle, N.C.

In addition to his wife, survivors include five sons, Dr. Michael, Ross Jr., Joseph, David and Anthony; three daughters, Sharon Davies, Rose Ann Cellino and Julie Bastible; two brothers, Nicholas and Richard; a sister, Josephine “Dolly” Gostomski; 32 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.