Executive Director of Roar on the Shore Ralph Pontillo has passed away at the age of 64. According to sources, he died after suffering an allergic reaction from a bug bite while at his home in Florida. “He was a really loyal passionate person,” said longtime friend Joe Askins.
Mayor Joe Schember said the following in part: This is very tragic, especially for Ralph’s wife, family and friends. My heart goes out to them.” The Manufacturer & Business Association where Pontillo worked until 2007 released the following statement in part: “Our hearts & prayers go out to his wife Dana, his daughters Nicole, Amy & Anne, his three grandchildren, and all of his extended family & friends.”
John Buchna Chief Executive Officer at the Erie Downtown Partnership said the following in part: “His leadership efforts on the Roar on the Shore event speaks volumes for his contributions to our downtown community.”
Funeral arrangements are not yet available. People close to Pontillo said a memorial is currently being planned.