Alexander Anthony Tarantino

Alexander Anthony Tarantino - Rochester Cremation

Rochester—Alexander Anthony Tarantino passed away on December 30, 2023. Born November 13, 1948 and raised in Rochester, New York, Alex was the son of Raffielle and Alexander Tarantino. He was predeceased by his sisters, Beatrice, Carm, Bert, Lucy, and brother Joe. He is survived by his wife, Christine (Somerfeldt) Tarantino; sons, Adam Tarantino and Michael Tarantino (Marie Clarcq); grandchild, Cecelia; sister, Gloria, and many nieces and nephews.

Alex and Christine were married on October 7, 1978 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk, NY and celebrated over 45 years of marriage.

A self-made man from humble beginnings, Alex provided and elevated his family by an entire economic class through 40 years of selfless sacrifice and industriousness at Xerox—merited with multiple promotions, and ultimately rising to the rank of Final Test Engineer, Alex garnered a coveted reputation for problem-solving derailed projects which sent him to locations around the world to save the day.

Similar to his favorite musical artist, Bob Dylan, Alex could be viewed as enigmatic and elusive, however, those who were closest to him knew of his endearing quirkiness, dry humor, quick wit, and ardent advocacy for equality for all. In his own words, “I did the best I could with what I was given and along the way made some people smile. That’s all anyone can ask for! We are all part of the Universe. Life and death doesn’t get any more profound and meaningful than the Cosmos! Even the mighty stars in the sky are born and die.”

Alex fought an understated, heartfelt, and defiant 17-month battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer, beating the abysmal odds of surviving past 12 months, allowing him to experience the development of his newborn grandchild into a precocious toddler. Upon his final prognosis, he maintained his resolve with dignity and acceptance—while his cancer defeated him physically, it was unsuccessful in breaking his constitutional essence.

In his final days, Alex shared that the meaning of life is life itself. In line with that sentiment and as an expression of sympathy, the family asks all eligible readers of this obituary to donate a unit of blood and/or support Webster Comfort Care Home—

9 Condolences

  1. Justin Hart on December 30, 2023 at 10:08 pm

    Have known and loved the Tarantino family for a while.
    My Bills Mafia family. We all know Mafia means FAMILY.

    Love and condolences to your family Chris…

    I’m very sorry for your loss.

    I know Alex would want to hear, GO BILLS!!!!

  2. Kevin and Debbie on December 31, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    We haven’t known Alex for a long time, but were fortunate to have met and seen him at some tremendously joyous occasions.

    Both Alex and Chris were so proud and happy on Mike and Marie’s wedding day. They were delighted for their son and thrilled to welcome their new daughter-in-law.
    There was no hiding the excitement seeing Alex at Marie’s baby shower. He was truly animated while demonstrating the assembly of the car seat, stroller combo that he and Chris got for their treasured granddaughter.

    He reveled in his role as “Papa”. Seeing Alex with Cece would melt anyone’s heart. They had a remarkable bond.
    Alex will be profoundly missed; hopefully these memories, and so many more, will continue to warm your hearts.

    With our deepest condolences and love,
    Uncle Kevin and Aunt Debbie

  3. Linda Ramsey on January 2, 2024 at 8:12 pm

    Chris and family I am so sad to see this heartbreaking news. May he rest in peace and may your precious memories bring you comfort. Condolences. Linda Ramsey

  4. Buddy Nyhof on January 2, 2024 at 8:30 pm

    My deepest condolences to you and your family!! I am so sorry to hear about your loss, but relived to hear that Alex doesn’t have to suffer with that terrible disease and hopefully he can rest easy! Sending lots of love, big hugs and support your way! Love ya xoxoxo

  5. Mark Cavallaro on January 3, 2024 at 9:21 am

    I am sorry for your loss. God bless Mike and family.

  6. Ann Poelma on January 3, 2024 at 2:39 pm

    I am so sorry for the Tarantino family’s loss. What a beautiful written tribute to Alex! “The meaning of life is life itself.” So true! And I made an appointment today to donate blood on January 29.

  7. Lonna Hart on January 3, 2024 at 8:00 pm

    So sorry to hear this my thoughts and peaceful vibes are with you and family

  8. Jill (Aniszewski) Vinciguerra on January 7, 2024 at 5:52 pm

    Chris & family, So very sorry to hear such sad news. Beautiful write up…really says Alex! Through these difficult days & nights, focus on your love for each other & all the special memories you have. Hold on to each other for comfort & strength. I will be praying to give you all support, courage, positivity & love to help ease your burden, Take Care & God Bless. Jill (Aniszewski)Vinciguerra

  9. Patty Tur on February 3, 2024 at 1:24 pm

    Chris and sons,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and dad. My deepest sympathy and prayers goes out to you. What a beautiful tribute to this man. I’m sure he smiling . Chris I wish I know him. Remember all the great times you had, that will always keep him alive. I’m so deeply sorry.

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