Robert Russo

Robert Rocco Russo

May 24, 1938 - Dec 15, 2018
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Robert R. Russo, a longtime resident of Brewster, NY, died in Danbury, CT on December 15, 2018. He was 80 years old.
Born on May 24, 1938 in Bronx, New York, son to the late Pasquale and Amelia (Musorifiti) Russo, he was a graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School. Robert married the love of his life Elizabeth T. Ruggiero on October 18, 1959.
Mr. Russo was a devoted husband and family man. He had a passion for horticulture and was able to make that passion his life-long career, working for the New York Botanical Gardens until his retirement. Robert is a parishioner of St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster.
Mr. Russo is not only survived by his wife Elizabeth but also his three sons; Robert Russo of White Plains, NY; Joseph Russo ( Joanne Bentivoglio-Moreno) of Carmel, NY, Michael Russo of Bethel, CT; his five grandchildren: Joseph, Christopher, Steven, Michael, and Nicolas; one great-grandchild, Aiden and his brother, Dr. Stephen John Russo of Huntington, NY. He was predeceased by three sisters, Rosemarie Russo Burson, Rita Russo Lombardo, and Helen Russo and one brother, Vito Russo.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster at 10am. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 18 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY 10509

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Robert's memory to:
THANC (Thyroid, Head, and Neck Cancer) Foundation by copying and pasting the following link:
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday December 18, 2018 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday December 18, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Beecher Funeral Home
    1 Putnam Avenue
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday December 18, 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday December 18, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Beecher Funeral Home
    1 Putnam Avenue
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday December 19, 2018 | 10:00am
    Wednesday December 19, 2018 10:00am
    St. Lawrence O'Toole Church
    31 Prospect Street
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
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    Rev. Richard Gill
  • Interment

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Webster Ave. & E. 233 St.
    BRONX, NY 10470
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Donations are being accepted for: THANC FOUNDATION INC.


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The Family of Louis P. Politi

Posted at 05:13pm
Our Dad, Louis, adored Bobby, shared his love for all living plants and loved working with him at New York Botanical Gardens. The stories of their adventures - and lunchtime ping pong games - remain cherished family memories.
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Lisa weizenecker

Posted at 02:47pm
The Russo Family, I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Russo, I will miss his smile and his kind heart. May god bless you all and give you strength during this time. Sending so much love to you all!! much Love, Lisa Weizenecker and family

Mario Bentivoglio

Posted at 06:57am
We would like to express our sorrow and condolences to you and your family. May you take comfort knowing that you are surrounded by people who care for you, if there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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A donation was made in memory of Robert Russo

Mike Orsino

Posted at 07:19pm
My sincere condolences to the Russo family! I was the arborist under Bob at the NYBG . He was a great plantsman and gardener. We worked together for years to help beautify the grounds at the garden located in the middle of the bronx. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to work with Bob. He will be missed! Sincerely, Mike Orsino

Bob Heinisch and family.

Posted at 03:20pm
With our deepest sympathies.
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Bob Heinisch and family. purchased the The FTD Living Spirit Dishgarden for the family of Robert Russo.


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