NAPLES, Fla. — Philip F. “Phil” Russo, 75, formerly of Niles, Ohio, and Ashtabula, Ohio, died Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Lakewood Manor Care in Naples, Fla.
Phil was born on Dec. 15, 1937, in Niles, the first son of John and Winifred Law Russo.
Phil was married to Jacqueline Barnabo Russo, his soul-mate, for 55 years. Jackie preceded Phil in heaven in 2010. Phil will be forever loved by his four children, Stephen S. Russo and his wife, Melanie, of Apollo Beach, Fla., Philip A. Russo and his wife, Terri, of Naples, Fla., Lenore L. Lentz of Naples, Fla., and Gina Russo Hull and her husband, Ray Hull, of Niles; by his brother, John J. Russo Jr. and wife, Karen, of Pelham, Ala.; by his six grandchildren, Jennifer, Ryan, Pamela, Paul, Anthony and Samantha; and great-granddaughters, Colleen and Natalie.
A 1955 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Warren, Phil graduated from Youngstown State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Packard Electric Div. GMC for 30 years as a production supervisor and production engineer before retiring in 1995.
Phil fulfilled his lifelong desire and became an artist in his retirement, sharing his love of life through his paintings. He was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Naples and a past member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Stephen’s Churches in Niles, Ohio. Phil was also past president of the Hallwood Homeowners Association in Ashtabula, Ohio, and the Lakewood Homeowners Association in Naples.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the Russo family request charitable contributions be made to St. Mathews House in Naples, Fla. (www.stmathewshouse.org) or the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio (www.clevelandclinic/org/giving).
Friends and relatives can visit family members at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 12th, at St. Stephens Church in Niles, Ohio. A Catholic Mass in celebration of Phil’s life will take place at 2 p.m. Friends and family can also reach the Russo family directly or at Phil’s e-mail address, email@example.com.
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