Family and friends honor beloved nurse who died in Thruway crash

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - A beloved nurse and professor at the University at Buffalo who died in a crash on the Thruway in June was honored Friday.

Family and friends gathered outside of Jordan Health to reminisce about their fondest memories and dedicate a special surprise. 

"I love her, I miss her," said John McIntyre, Volpe's husband. "These pictures are just her here with us now." 

"Ellen wasn't just a provider, she was friend...I said i wasn't going to cry, sorry," said Lorinda Parks, a friend and co-worker of Volpe.

In a ceremony held outside Jordan Health in Rochester, where Volpe worked, a colorful garden, a plaque in her name, and a bird feeder were dedicated in her memory. 

"It's been wonderful," said McIntyre. "We've had so many folks reach out to the family and ask what they can do for the boys and for myself."

McIntyre said it has been hard dealing with a new reality without his wife, but feels tremendous love and support from everyone who honors her life.

"We feel very loved and cared for and we know that comes from how people felt about Ellen," said McIntyre.

Those who knew Volpe best said she was a pleasure to work and could put a smile on anyone's face.

"I miss the way she used to push the hair behind her ears," said Parks. "One of the things I think she's provided to me and her boys is the love of language, and how she really encouraged everyone to problem solve." 

Volpe's aunt, Eleanor Volpe, who she was named after, said her spirit and everlasting positivity will remain in the hearts of those she's touched. 

"She was giving," said Eleanor Volpe. "She was caring and humble. I think the one thing was she never wanted anybody to talk about her degrees or anything. She just wanted to be Ellen and wanted to give." 


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Adam Interviews
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • South Korea 2018
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Plugged-In Parent
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Extraordinary People
  • Your Local Election HQ
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center