Richard Russo, 75, Saugus. A lifelong resident of Boston and the surrounding area, Richy was retired and enjoyed spending his days watching his weather station and taking multiple walks with his beloved dog, Douglas, during which he chatted with anyone he met, usually about his favorite topics: animals and politics. Richy treasured memories of the West End and was always ready to share a story or twenty about his childhood there. He also loved food, Christmas, old horror movies, and recently tried his hand at golf.
More than anything, Richy loved his family: Gail, his wife of 52 years, his children Tina, Derek and his wife Leslie, Vanessa and her husband Mike, and he thoroughly relished being a Papa to his granddaughter, Gia. He is also survived by his siblings Joe, Charlie, Robert, and Michelle, in-laws Linda, Matt, and Cheryle, 23 nieces and nephews, and dear friend, Gerry.
Predeceased by his parents, Joe and Marcel, sisters Mary and Chickie, and in-laws Teri, Sonny, and Larry. Richy was met at the Rainbow Bridge by Buck, Riley, and a lifetime of adored animal companions too numerous to list. There will be a private viewing for his immediate family only. If you would like to honor Richy, donations may be made in his name to The Elephant Sanctuary (Tennessee), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Melrose Humane Society.
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