Kevin Quaranta, Bedford Town Justice, Dies at 56

Attorney was battling skin cancer; services this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Bedford town justice Kevin Quaranta passed away Thursday night after a battle with melanoma, Patch has learned. Quaranta was 56-years-old.

Patch was informed by Bruce Yablon, Bedford's Democratic Committee chairman.

Quaranta lived in Bedford with his wife, Judy, and three children. He worked formerly as a district attorney in the Bronx, and served in the United States Army's legal division during the first Persian Gulf War.

Erik Jacobsen, the town's co-justice, had worked alongside Quaranta for three years.

"Kevin was a learned justice and trusted friend," Jacobsen said. "The bench came naturally to him and he had a passion for it. He often placed the needs of the town before his his own. He will be greatly missed."

Quaranta also had a law firm, Quaranta and Associates, based in Mt. Kisco.

in Katonah is handling arrangements, Quaranta's law firm confirmed. Family, friends and residents can pay their respects this coming Sunday and Monday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

A funeral mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at in Bedford.

This story originally noted Quaranta's age as 57. We regret the error.

Jill Bryant July 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
So sad to hear this news. He was always a voice of reason, and if you were ever lucky enough to be called for Bedford jury duty you could see how perfectly he handled every case. This is a real loss for our town.
JumpinJohn July 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Nice guy, good dad 57, how sad this is
David O'Shaughnessy July 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
So sad... Amazing man... Really enjoyed seeing him every few weeks at WVOX for his radio show.... He always went out of his way to say hello and see how my family was doing. Truly one of the good guys. Before I met him at work I had the pleasure of having jury duty in Bedford... He impressed me so much that I was raving about this wonderful judge when I got home... Our flags are flying at half staff today in his honor.
Bob K July 27, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I only knew Kevin on a proffesional level, However he was extreemly kind, and I found him a pleasure to know.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I didn't know him well personally, but I won't forget the humor he often brought to situations—from election nights to swearing-ins, Kevin Quaranta had a way of lighting up a room.
Donald Diamond July 27, 2012 at 06:31 PM
It was sad to receive news of the Judge’s passing. Bedford will miss the great service that he rendered to the Town and its residents. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.
Sara Gershman July 27, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I am deeply saddened. I have known Kevin for years. He was a very special man. He will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to his family.
Sue Benjamin July 27, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Kevin was a class act, a fair and honest man, a devoted father and husband and someone we will miss deeply in our community. Our condolences to Judy and their children as well as to his sister.
William Zaccari July 27, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Kevin was a good friend and always a phone call away he will be greatly missed
saromat July 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I was saddened to hear of Kevin's passing, He was a wonderful person and great neighbor. My thoughts and prayers are with Judy and their children.
Bob Korren July 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM
News of Kevin's passing came as a shock and with much sadness. Our boys grew up together at school and playied on the same teams over the years. I knew him as a devoted family man, lawyer and a conscientious "good egg". He will be missed. I hope Judy and the kids take comfort from how well liked and respected he will always be. Rest in peace Judge.
Bruce Yablon July 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I am shocked beyond belief at loosing this true friend and the only word that I can think of is 'hero'. Kevin loved his wife and children, loved this community and was a true disciple of the belief in 'justice'. On an occasional case he would seek my quiet counsel on how to handle the law and the effect of imposing that heavy weight on the individual case - I would often asking him 'what does your heart tell you?" He'd laugh and always do the right thing. Every time we spoke, whether he called me or I called him he'd start by asking, "Hows your lovely wife and kids?" to which I'd take a moment to update him and then say, ""and how is the love of your life and the kids?" and he'd respond in kind. He understood that family, people are the things that matter. He did that with everyone he knew - always. I take that lesson forward with me forever. Hug those you love a little tighter everyday - none of us has the benefit of knowing when we will be called home to our maker. Make every moment matter...
Lions Club of Bedford Hills July 28, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Very sad news about our friend and fellow Lion from the neighboring Bedford Village Lions Club. Kevin was always promoting Lionism an what we stood for. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are of his family at this moment, hoping they will find the strength to get through the next several days as they mourn the loss of such an admired individual. Rest now Kevin, we will always be thinking of you. The Lions Club of Bedford Hills
Susan Walton July 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I first met Kevin when he came to my door around election time. Usually under such circumstances, I cut the conversation short. But the decency, genuine community-mindedness, integrity, and personal caring touch of this man really came through, and we had the first of several wonderful talks -- about family, town, hopes for the future, the role of social work, how to make the most of our lives to help others. He did! He didn’t waste a minute, but he is gone too soon. This is a loss for us all. We need to take up his & our causes and carry on in the spirit of this exceptional man
David Cohen July 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I am both shocked and saddened to hear of Kevin's passing. We were classmates in high school, and I was privileged to work with him on his election campaigns here. He made a great difference in the lives of many -- as a judge, an attorney, a friend and a family man. My heart goes out to his family.
Tim hallock July 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM
So sad. Kevin is a great friend and coach. I will miss you Kevin Tim hallock.
Chuck Patton July 28, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Kevin Quaranta will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was a great family man, friend, teammate, Lion and community servant. He was one of the first people I met when we moved to Bedford ten years ago and I was struck then and now by how he cared about other people. As a member of the Bedford Village Lions Club where our motto is "We Serve", Kevin was active in every one of our community events contributing more than just time to ensure their success. He was tireless as a past president and our membership chairman responsible for bringing in close to half of our active membership. On the ball field The Judge was an excellent athlete and fierce competitor who always tested the opposition's mettle stretching singles into doubles, triples into home runs and he never left the field with a clean uniform. Bedford will not be the same without Kevin Quaranta. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Judy, Kevin, Christina and Will.
Jeremy Mand July 28, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Kevin was a truly wonderful person. I got to know him over the past few years on the Bedford Democratic Committee, he was always such a joy to be around was a strong leader. I will miss him greatly and send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
Ken Murphy July 28, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Kevin was the most wonderful friend one could have. He cared so much about his family and friends. No challenge was too big for him and he took them all on but what I will always love about him the most was his sense of humor and his empathy for people. God bless Kevin and his shining family.
Tim Bunyan July 28, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Tim Bunyan Kevin was a fine gentleman, and true family man and friend. I had the pleasure of being called to jury duty in Bedford a few years ago. Before the case started Kevin whispered to me, I was about to see a true master at work. He was referring to Barry Slotnic, the lawyer for the defendant. What I got to see that day was a true master at work, Kevin Quaranta. He actually made jury duty a pleasure. May God bless the Quaranta Family, rest in peace Kevin
Jed Petrick July 29, 2012 at 02:47 AM
always a smile and kind words. always so proud of his three kids...their accomplishments and what kind of young adults they had become. so so sad.
Leonora Bloom July 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Kevin was a wonderful person and a great lawyer. Whenever I appeared in the Bronx I hoped to run into him-to get his advice about some legal issue, or just touch base. Absolutely loved ya Kevin. My condolences to the Quaranta family.
Jim Morris July 30, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Kevin has contributed so much to Abbott House over the years, impacting the lives of so many of the young men who have passed through the doors of our Mount Kisco Group Home. We will be forever grateful for everything he has done for us and given us and he will be deeply missed by all of us at Abbott House. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Quaranta family at this very difficult time.
Al Saint Jacques August 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
There are a bunch of us who went to high school with Kevin at Fordham Prep in the Bronx who look forward to seeing him at our reunions and other get-togethers. We will miss our friend dearly. Our thoughts go out to his wife and children.
Chia Li Sung August 09, 2012 at 10:58 AM
I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Quaranta through teaching his son piano for 5-6 yrs and I was dumbfounded when one of my students' mother gave me the sad news about his passing. I will never forget mr. Quaranta's firm handshakes and what a kind, sweet, humble and down-to-earth man he was. Even with his incredibly busy schedule, he'd always try to come to the recitals to hear his son play. And he'd always give nice compliment to me and all the other kids, be chatting with other parents. I can't stop tearing up thinking about how happy and full of hope everyone was at the Victory Cocktail party for his second term......now he's gone...
steve August 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM
what a man and great human being he was..... so sad.....
Doug A August 23, 2012 at 11:05 PM
...I am terribly saddened to hear this terrible news. Kevin was a client and a friend and was never without a kind word. He would send news clipings of my kids and want to know how we were all doing. ..This must bring such heartbreak to his beautiful family. I wish Judy and the kids warmest condolences. I hope we all can be better people for knowing him.
pauline schneider September 06, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Terrible. What a kind and decent man he was. He will be missed.


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