Russell John "Boom" Corrente, 83, Portage, passed away Friday surrounded by his family.
He was born in Cresson, son of the late George and Sarafina (Pupo) Corrant.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Lois (Ronan) Corrente; five children: Kim (Allen Byrne), Colette (Gary Gouse), Lisa (Steve Donovan), Scott (Patty Chippo) and William (Bettina Wingard); nine grandchildren: Meghan Brown (Joshua), Gabrielle Gouse (fiance, Jared Bilchak), Benjamin Donovan, Naomi Donovan, Corbin Corrente, Conner Corrente, Courtland Corrente, Brielle Corrente and Tristan Corrente; two great-grandchildren: Emma Brown and Elizabeth Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Corrant; and two sisters: Rose Ramano and Mary Thrower.
Boom retired after 30 years of service from Bethlehem Steel, Gautier Division, and was co-owner of Bucorson Machine Shop, Portage. He also served on the Portage Area school board for 12 years.
Boom was a lover of life and an avid outdoorsman. He was an excellent fisherman's guide, having spent every spring since 1957 guiding fishermen at the Shannon Lake Lodge in Canada. His love of the outdoors inspired him to create the "hands-free fishing rod holder," for which he had a U.S. design patent. He was an avid runner and triathlete since 1968 and eventually became quite competitive, winning countless road races and triathlons. He completed the Portage Labor Day race for 25 consecutive years. He believed in the necessity of sports for children, and his machine shop sponsored countless youth sports teams. He was a devoted fan of the Portage Mustangs football team and Crichton-McCormick Park, having spent countless hours fundraising for Portage Summerfest. He also had a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, having made 511 consecutive First Fridays for more than 42 years. His death occurred on the First Friday during the Hour of Mercy.
Boom's life touched everyone who knew him in a special way. He had a way of speaking without saying anything. He will be greatly missed, and the world is left a better place because he lived.
At Boom's request, there will be no viewing. Family and friends are invited to gather at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Portage, for a funeral Mass, which will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, with the Rev. Walter Moll as celebrant.
Committal will be at St. Bartholomew Cemetery, Wilmore.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Windber Hospice in Boom's memory.
"See ya on the 'man trip,' Boom!!!"
Arrangements are by Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home, Portage.
Online condolences can be shared at kinleyfuneralhome.com