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John D. Risso

RISSO, JOHN D. 73 - of Brigantine, passed away suddenly on Thursday May 21, 2009. Born in Atlantic City on May 4, 1936, John grew up in Ventnor, attended Atlantic City High school and graduated from Villanova in 1958 with a B.S. in Economics. He proudly served his country in the US Army. John was a person who always had a big hello and a nice word for everyone. His optimistic and cheerful personality was contagious. John was owner and Broker of Record of Risso Realty in Brigantine since 1973. He was a past and current President of the Brigantine Lions Club. He also belonged to the Brigantine Sons of Italy, Unico, the Polish American Association of South Jersey, Helping Out Together and he was a member and usher at St Thomas Church. John enjoyed boating, rowing and people. He will be deeply missed. John is survived by his beloved wife Jolanta (nee Grys) and his daughters Linda Risso, Carol DiRenzo (Fred), Patty Remillard (James) and Arlene Stafford (John). He is also survived by his grandchildren Tony (Amber), Johnny, Andrew, Nicky, Heather, Christine and Arlene. Relatives and friends are invited to attend John's Life Celebration and Memorial Mass Saturday at 11am at St Thomas Church, 8th Street and Brigantine Ave Brigantine NJ 08203. Friends may call from 10 to 11am at the church. Interment is private. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to any of the organizations or the church mentioned above in care of Keates-Plum Funeral Home, 3112 Brigantine Ave Brigantine NJ 08203.
Published by The Press of Atlantic City from May 27 to May 29, 2009.
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I met John & his wife Yolanta at my first Real Estate Convention in AC. We sat together and listened to a guest speaker. I really enjoyed myself and was able to relax thanks to John. John has recommended me in my Carpet business. He always had a smile and time to chat. My heart goes out to the Risso family. God bless John. Ken Discount
I was very sad and shocked. He
Ken Discount
June 8, 2009
Dear Jolanta and the Risso Family, We were so saddened to hear of the sudden loss of John. What a wonderful man he was, always smiling and making you feel like you were the most important person he talked to! We will never forget him and all his help and advice. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Diane & Eric Reinbold
June 2, 2009
Risso Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you for your loss. I remember John well. May God comfort you. Rest in Peace 'Mr. Risso'.
Mike Erickson (O'Rangers)
May 30, 2009
Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Risso family. John was someone who touched everyone he came in contact with in a very positive way. While real estate brought us together, it was our many trips together that we will always remember and cherish. Walking the Riverwalk in SanAntonio or shopping in Mexico to just being on the Boardwalk in Wildwood. John was John - always the same happy optimistic guy. We will miss you John. Bet you are walking around heaven right now.
Mary and Jerry Freal
May 30, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Lia Ricalde
May 30, 2009
I knew John for many years, and enjoyed his parties, the HOT cruise, and being a member of Helping Out Together. After I left New Jersey in 1998 to be with my family in Raleigh, NC, I continued to communicate with him by e-mails. I want to offer my condolences to his wife Jolanta and his family. He was a very young man at heart, and he will be missed.
Bob Petrolino
May 29, 2009
We've enjoyed John for several years. John ALWAYS saw the positives in every situation. A role model in positive attitude for us all. Always a frindly smile and a love for life. He'll be missed. John, Jolanta and the family are in our prayers.
Duane and Patty Knecht
May 29, 2009
Patty & Arlene,
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart,love & prayers go out to you & your entire family at this most difficult time. God Bless.
Noelle DiSomma
May 29, 2009
We are saddened and shocked over the loss of our friend and colleague. The passing of John will impact our entire community. John’s dedication to life, family and friends was contagious. His spirit and memories will remain in our hearts forever. Our deepest sympathies are with the Risso family.
Ron & Denise Staller
May 28, 2009
I was shocked when I heard this. Time just passes by so quickly. I have a great many of fond memories of your dad at your house and the office. He was crazy funny. When I think about them it puts a smile on my face. We will all miss him but glad we have had the opportunity to know him.
Terry Dramis
May 28, 2009
My condolonces. He will be missed.
Frank Olivier
May 28, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Ralph Jeter
May 28, 2009
Jolanta, What an absolute shock for you. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and yours and grant you peace!
Lynn Anobile
May 28, 2009
Our sincerest and Prayerful offering to John's family. May he rest in Peace!
John & Regina Lutz
May 28, 2009
Patty and Arlene,
I am deeply sorry for the loss of your Dad. I just found out and I am so sad for you and your entire family. Please send my thoughts to your mom and sisters.
Your Dad was always a sweet and smiling man and I am sure you will miss him terribly. You are in my prayers!!!
God Bless
Roxanne Porter-Fagan
May 28, 2009
John sold us our first home. We were very young and he did everything to make sure we got a great deal. He was very caring way back then the in 70's and as life moved on Mr. Risso made the dreams of may young couples a reality of owning a home here in Brigantine. Always a smile and big hi to everyone he met along the way. Everyone who knew John will miss him very much......
RIP John Risso
Robert & Donna
May 27, 2009
John was a remarkable man my memories of him include- sharing laughs at the polish club, the Pulaski parade in philly, serving meals together at our fundraiser dinners it never seemed like work John made service to others its own reward ill miss your lively energetic talkative nature what a great guy, who will be sorely missed, though fondly remembered.
love Brian and Diana Wilcockson
Brian Wilcockson
May 27, 2009
May the blessings of God be with you my in peace..
just a friend who cared
May 27, 2009
My staff and I are saddened to hear of John's passing. We remember him as a kind and caring person, very easy to work with. He certainly will be deeply missed by all esp. in the world of Real Estate. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Risso family at this most diffucult time. Rest in peace my friend.
Linda Astick
May 27, 2009
John was a mentor to me in my early days of real estate. His optimistic attitude was absolutely infectious. He was one of the warmest most giving people I have ever met.
I still remember a long RPAC bus ride to Washington DC where John and I spoke for hours about real estate, family and life in general. John was a great family man and a caring friend who always placed service above self. We will miss you JR.
Eric Carrier
May 27, 2009
I am extremely saddened to read of John's passing. He was one of my closest friends. He lived directly across the street from me on Monmouth Avenue in Ventnor. We knew each other from the time we were toddlers. We boated, swam, fished, and played sandlot ball together. In the summertine, after dinner, we made a nightly ritual of going to the COFFEE BAR on Ventnor Avenue for an ice cream cone. John never missed a day in high school and won an award for it. He would rise early and in one year built a small cabin cruiser in his garage. As with so many childhood friends we lost track of each other. We were both most delighted when we got reconnected on CLASSMATES.COM and for the past five years were in constant touch with each other. My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to all of John's family at this time. He adored his family and they always came first with him. I will miss his e-mails and banter.
Eddie Winston
Eddie Winston
May 27, 2009
John was a wonderful, kind and generous man. I am so sorry he is gone because there are not many people like him. I will miss him. He was very kind to me and many others; always had a good word and a smile. He helped me in many ways. If anyone goes right to heaven, it will be John...but this is much too soon.
Marie Thomas
May 27, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Edward Kline
May 27, 2009
We were shocked and saddened to hear about John's passing. John always treated us kindly and in a very friendly manner. When ever we would go into the office he always had friendly hello for us and stopped to ask us how we were. He will be missed by so many, but for us now to go in the office and not to be able to peek in and wave to John or if he was not busy to yell out a hello and see him smile will be something we will miss terribly.
Our Condolences to John's Wife and children and his Whole Risso Family

The Brewsters
The poem below has given comfort to me in the past I hope it offers some to the people who loved and miss John.

Life will not go on in the same
way without our loved ones. If it were
the same, we could only conclude
their life meant nothing, made
no contribution. The fact that
they left behind a place that cannot
be filled is a high tribute to the
uniqueness of their soul.
Rick and Linda Brewster
May 27, 2009
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