RUSSELL, Allen W., 82, passed away October 5, 2012. He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 25 years, Toni (Antoni-ette Pullara) Russell; brothers, Richard and Kenneth; sister, Myrna Gail; daughter, Cathy Messier (Tom); son, Michael Russell Sr. (Lily); his extended (step) family who always looked on him as a father, son, Rick Hufstetler; daughters, Tina Crislip (Michael Worrall) and Donna Colvin (Tim); 12 grandchildren, Danielle Scoppettuolo (Neal), Heather and Ryan Messier, Michael Jr., Anais and Caitlyn Russell, Enjoli and Alex Rivera, Amber, Keith and Blake Hufstetler and Caitlyn Colvin; 5 great grandchildren, Mark, Alexis and Jessica Scoppettuolo, Julian and Isabella Rivera; and his beloved bulldog, Becka. He was predeceased by his father, Norman; mother, Antoinette; sisters, Norma Jean, Audrey, Joan and Joyce. He retired in 1991 after 35 years with the Tampa Tribune. Allen and Toni's life was full of good times and their favorite pastime, dancing. He leaves behind many loving friends and now joins friends and loved ones who passed before him. There will be a memorial gathering of family and friends at his residence on November 17th from 6:30-8:30p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to the
by phone, 1-800-272-3900 or by mail to
, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd #709, Clearwater, FL 33762.
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Published in TBO.com on Nov. 11, 2012