Passed away suddenly on November 13, 2012. Devoted father of John Gilardi of Petaluma. Cherished brother of Carole Vironda of Petaluma and the late Ken Gilardi. Loving Uncle of Mario Vironda. Adored son of the late Chic and DeDe Gilardi. Age: 62 years. Russ was born, raised and educated in Petaluma, graduating from Petaluma High School in 1969. He served in the US Navy and was honorably discharged. Russ was also partners in the family-owned business, Gilardi's Furniture, on Petaluma Blvd. He was the harbormaster and owner of Gilardi's Lakeville Marina on Lakeville Highway. Russ took pride in being the 3rd generation of the Gilardi family to operate both of the family businesses. In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring his Chevelle with his son John, which he showed as well. Russ also took pride in volunteering for the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Dept. He was a fun loving and wonderful man; he will be truly missed by family and friends. Friends and family are invited to attend the Memorial Service, Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952. Private Inurnment.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22, 2012