Stephen Richard Quesnell, 51

OSWEGO, NY – Stephen Richard Quesnell, 51, a resident of Oswego, passed away at home on Wednesday February 25, 2015.

Stephen Richard Quesnell
Stephen Richard Quesnell

Steve was born in Oswego and was a longtime resident of this community.

He enlisted in 1982 and served as a sergeant in the United States Air Force for nine years.

He was a veteran and proud to have served in Desert Storm.

Steve was a devoted employee of the Oswego City School District for 20 years.

He was an active member of the CSEA local 838 Unit 8020 where he served as president for many years.

Steve will be remembered by his family and friends as being an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and boating.

Steve had a passion for machinery and craftsmanship.

Steve was also a member of the VFW and the 35 Club.

Steve was a devoted husband and father.

He was predeceased by his mother, Patricia (Boyzuck) Quesnell; and his brother, Michael Quesnell.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 18 years, Pamela (Samson) Quesnell; his wonderful daughter, Alexa Rae Quesnell; his father, Richard (Linda) Quesnell; brother-in-law, Brian (Ronda) Samson; sister-in-law, Harumi Quesnell.

He is also survived by his seven nieces and nephews, Anna, Anthony, Brittany, Cynthia, Jeremy, Madison and Michael; two great-nieces; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and the special bond he held with Brent Fosco and Jenna (Rob) Vaccarelli.

Calling hours will be held 3-6 p.m. Monday with a memorial service to follow at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

Burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Online condolences may be made at


  1. When I shared this w/ my husband, Dennis, he reminded me that Steve used to work on his car, as well as worked some outages with him at Fitzpatrick. Dennis said what a great guy Steve was and will be greatly missed. We send our condolences to his family. Cherish your memories and they will help you at this time.

  2. To the Quesnell Family,

    Please accept our deepest sympathies with the loss of a great man; he will be missed by many. We hope that you find comfort during this difficult time. Again, we are so sorry for your loss.

    With Deepest Sympathies,
    Tim and Michele Wink

  3. 15 years ago when I opened my little bookstore, Steve Q. was my plower. He set such a high standard for efficient plowing that when he decided he had enough on his plate with the school district and I had to get someone else, I thought the other seven or more I’ve had since then were somehow deficient. Now I recognize, Steve was the very best you could ever get! And it’s not fair to compare. He stacked the mountain of snow (2001 was similar to this year, actually, and I have the photos to prove it!), and knew how to use his blade in a way not one other plower has ever done. He cut and lifted, and stacked. Probably from working in ‘close quarters’ in all those OSD parking lots!

    I was shocked and saddened to read that he won’t be around anymore. Even though I only knew him to wave from the cab of his truck (and to pay the bill twice a season!), he smiled and was extremely friendly.

    To his family, I wish you condolences. And, a lifetime of memories to get you through. Easier said than done, of course. For his Mrs., hug your children, it is there that he lives on, and these people will get your through this sad time.

    God bless,

    Debbie Engelke
    Time & Again Books & Tea

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. I had the pleasure of working with Steve when I sub-cleaned for the school district, he was a great guy. You will be missed by many people,. I am so sorry for your loss.

    God bless,
    Nicole Germain

  5. This is very sad to hear I remember Mr. Quesnell the Janitor very well this is such a painful loss on earth but I guess the good part is I like to believe is he is safe in heaven with no pains. I remember him from Frederick Leighton Elementary School. Rest in peace Mr. Quesnell I will always remember you.

  6. We are sorry to hear about the passing of Steve. Our condolences to you and your family and friends.

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