Joseph A. Russo

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JOSEPH A. RUSSO 3/15/1943 - 7/12/2013 Right now, the residents of heaven are becoming acquainted with our Joe Russo. My advice for them: never mistake his profanity laced honesty for anything less than the most genuine kind of love and concern for everyone, (human, plant, animal, not necessarily in that order) he ever encountered. If he's busting your chops, it's so you won't notice the river of admiration, gratitude, and reverence he has for your place in his heart. Know that he is probably the most sensitive person to ever walk the earth, so if you hurt his feelings or the feelings of someone he cares about, he will take you down without any reservation, and keep you there 'til he feels better. Most importantly, know that the family he's left behind reciprocates every ounce of love he had for us and wish we had one more opportunity to make sure he knew. Joseph Angelo Russo was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 15, 1943, to John and Concetta Russo. Joe's life started off with a huge burst of attention due to the fact that he was the second born of triplets, which in 1943 was a rare and amazing blessing! Joe continued to be the center of attention as he and his "wombmates" dabbled in the entertainment industry, as multiples sometimes do, and after that, by just being Joe. Joe (who referred to himself as "Russo"), graduated from Chelsea High School in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1961 and shortly thereafter moved to Los Angeles, California. There, in the City of Angels, Joe found his angel and the love of his life, Cynthia Scott, whom he married in 1969. In 1977, their first child arrived; beautiful Angela Constance. In 1980, in an attempt to add another little girl for Angela to play and grow up with, Cindy gave birth to precious twin boys; Tony John and Dante Charles. Joe spent much of his life as an auto mechanic by trade, however, his true passion was to protect, care, and advocate for any and all animals who crossed his path. He took it upon himself to never turn away an animal (or animals!) in need. No matter the cost, the effort required, the difficulty, or the danger involved, Joe believed that mankind is responsible for the safety, health and quality of life of the animals who share our planet, just as we are guardians of our children. On July 12, 2013, at age 70, Joe's struggle with heart problems and diabetes ended as he napped peacefully and passed away in his home in Victorville, California. He is preceded in death by his youngest triplet, Tony Russo, but is survived by his eldest brother John Russo in Massachusetts, and triplet Dante Russo in North Carolina. He is also survived by wife of 44 years, Cindy, his children Angela Russo of Victorville, California, Tony and Danielle (Bumpass) Russo of Victorville, California, Dante Russo and Shawnette Thomas of San Diego, California, and seven amazing grand- children: Whitney, Mariah, Aerionna, Reshaun, Gia, Evangeline, and Tessa. A grave-side service in honor of Joe's life will be held at Desert View Memorial Park on Amargosa Road, Victorville, on Friday, July 19, 2013, at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the animal rescue service of your choice to honor the memory and continue the work of our beloved Joe Russo.
Published in the Daily Press on July 18, 2013
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