Ron Starnieri, Atlanta Red Cross Disaster Action Team member, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 7, 2010. Starnieri, age 63, of Douglasville, GA, was born May 21, 1946 in Canton, OH, son of the late Albert and Frances Maugeri Starnieri. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served his country during the Viet Nam Conflict, and was a member of the Viet Nam Veterans Association. Mr. Starnieri was a retired banker with Wachovia Bank; a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
“Ron was one of the Atlanta Red Cross’ most dedicated volunteers,” said Rabihah Walker, Disaster Specialist for the Northwestern District. “I recall that whenever I called him, be it night or day, he was always kind, always concerned and always quick to respond to the needs of our clients.”
Tina McElveen, another Red Cross volunteer, helped to train Starnieri as a Red Cross Disaster Action Team Captain, and remembers him as someone who was always willing to help out. “Ron was a super nice guy”, said McElveen. “Even during the Atlanta Floods when Ron’s house sustained damage, he was determined to try to help others. He was just an all around good guy.”
Starnieri is survived by his wife, Linda Starnieri; daughters and sons-in-law, Stephanie and Jim Clark, Suzanne and Chad Pannell; grandchildren, Adam Clark, Nathan Clark, Carter Pannell, Cole Pannell, Libby Pannell, Chayse Pannell and Cohen Pannell; sisters, Alberta Northrup; Marlene Hoover and her husband John, Sherri Lewis and her husband Bob; brothers, James Starnieri and his wife Sandy, Jeff Starnieri and his wife Cindy; numerous nieces and nephews.