REV. ROBERT E. DIQUATTRO 1943 - 2016
Woodstock - Rev. Robert E. DiQuattro, soulmate & partner of Betsy (Parcinski) DiQuattro, died November 6 at UMASS Medical Center. Bob had a lifelong passion for music. This passion started at an early age when he formed the Keystone Gospel Quartet touring the US and CA. In 1971, he moved to NYC and joined the King's Keynotes as the lead vocalist. During his 10 years in Manhattan, he started the Manhattan Project (Gospel Rock Group), sang at Carnegie Hall, recorded several albums, and received his bachelor's degree from College of New Rochelle. He went on to receive his Master's degree from Yale Divinity School. He was ordained into the United Church of Christ and served as pastor of the Federated Church of Christ in Brooklyn, CT for 10 years. He then served as a Spiritual Care Coordinator for Masonicare Hospice. In his retirement, he kept his ministry of music alive by entertaining seniors. Most recently, Bob was lead singer of "Green Valley" and took great pleasure in performing to a full house at the Vanilla Bean just 3 weeks ago. He will be remembered for the richness of his voice, the passion of his opinions and the gentleness of his spirit. First born son of Emmanuel & Frances DiQuattro on February 12, 1943 in Bristol, PA, Robert is survived by his wife Betsy, brothers, Joseph and James, by his son, Gordon, stepsons, Drew, Clark and Evan Sigfridson, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as dear friends, Tom and Andrea Hughes, The Daly Family and band members, Rich Young and Patricia McDonald.
He attended Quaker Meeting House, Storrs, Ct., served as a member of the Eastford Democratic Town Committee, Eastford Clean Energy Commission and the Eastford Zoning Board of Appeals. A celebration of Life will be held at 3 pm on December 17th at the main lodge of the 4-H camp in Pomfret, CT. Memorial Donations can be made to help preserve Bob's favorite place on earth, the Grand Canyon Association (www.grandcanyon.org
Published by Norwich Bulletin on Nov. 8, 2016.