Richard Russo

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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  1. Kenneth anastos on January 26, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    So sorry for your loss prayers Sent

  2. Al Costello on January 26, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Love you cousin Richy

  3. Rosemary Costello on January 26, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    So sorry Gail and family. I’m in shock. So glad we got together last year. He was so thoughtful bringing the plaques with him and my brother Lenny ‘s pics on them. I cherish those pics. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  4. Jannine Jenkins- Johnson on January 27, 2022 at 11:08 am

    My dear and deepest condolences. I’m happy that I had the opportunity to give Papa Russo a smile on his face with his own SatinTresses. I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet him here in the flesh. But I’ll be sure to meet him on the other side. I will continue to pray for your family as the coming months will be trying and difficult. May Papa Russo wear his golden crown tipped to the side as he Rest In Peace.

  5. Gary Grande on January 27, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    I first met Richy in 1968. I was a young kid living in Boston fresh from a small town in New Jersey. Richy took me under his wing and like a big brother, always made sure I was ok in the big city. For the next 5 years that I lived there, we were great friends, always sharing laughs and good times. After I moved to California we only talked occasionally. When he came out west a few years ago, we had a chance to catch up on the years. I’ll always remember him for the kindness he showed me. Rest in peace, brother.

  6. Terence Kearney on January 28, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Sorry for your loss.

  7. Jos de Kleijn, on January 30, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    I Gerard Ritchie passend a wat. My condoleances. I have very good memories……pizza double ancho. My God wat a plesuare at that time…

    met vriendelijke groeten,
    Jos de Kleijn,

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