Brian S. Passero

Mr. Brian S. Passero, 42, of Johnstown died suddenly on January 1, 2014 following an auto accident. He was born January 26, 1971 in Little Falls, N.Y., son of Richard C. and Linda S. Lyons Passero. Brian graduated Gloversville High School in 1989 and Herkimer County Community College in 1991. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting and Mass Communications from SUNY Oswego in 1994. While in college, Brian worked as a cameraman for WRGB News during a summer break. His career began as sales manager for BBJ, a industrial merchandising company. Brian attained the position of national sales manager at the former Spray Nine of Johnstown, traveling extensively.

Everyone’s best friend, Brian made friends quickly and forever. He enjoyed many memorable occasions with family and friends. Whether on his boat at Sacandaga Lake, snowmobiling or routing for his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brian always had a smile and made others smile as well. Perhaps his true passion was his music. A well known area guitarist, Brian was also lead singer for the group he played with, “Earl’s Autobody Project.” He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Brian is survived by his wife Lydia Passero of Amsterdam, his parents of Johnstown, a sister Jessica L. Passero of Schenectady, a brother Brent R. Passero of Johnstown, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by paternal grandparents Richard V. Passero and Sylvia Bates Passero; and maternal grandparents Elizabeth Sander Neale and Moses Lyons.

A service of remembrance by family and friends will be held 3 pm Monday January 6, 2014 at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St. Gloversville. The family will receive friends on Monday from 1-3 pm prior to the service. Cremation will take place at Parkview Crematory, Schenectady. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to: WWW.VH1 Save The Music.Org. 1515 Broadway, 20th Fl, New York, NY 10036. Please visit the family online guestbook at