Giovanni Russo

November 1, 1926 ~ August 14, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old


John (Giovanni) Russo of Revere, died peacefully at home on Monday, August 14 th . He was 96 years old. Mr. Russo was born November 1, 1926 in Augusta, Sicily, the eldest of six, who became the family patriarch upon the passing of his own father in 1976. After surviving the Battle of Sicily as a child, Mr. Russo became an apprentice machinist, served in the Italian Navy, and spent a decade in Venezuela honing his skills. In 1956, Mr. Russo married the love of his life, Lucia Villalba, and together they embarked on a life of hard work and dedication to family. They became the proud parents of three daughters. He worked full time as a machinist during the day, and in the evenings, built his own business, Prattville Machine and Tool Company. Founded in 1967, the company has grown to become fifty times its original size. John Russo worked on the machines himself, full-time, until he retired at the age of ninety-three. Mr. Russo was a beloved leader and longtime president of the Augusta Fraternal Society. For many decades of his life, Mr. and Mrs. Russo spent months each summer returning to their birthplace, where John had a peerless reputation for his kindness and philanthropy. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lucy, his daughter Veronica Russo, his daughter Connie Golden and her husband Christopher, his daughter Julie Day and her husband Michael, and eight grandchildren-Nicholas Peters-Golden and his wife Danielle, Daniel Golden, Taylor Day, Kristina Day, Elizabeth Day, Alexandria Russo, John Michael Day, and Lily Golden. In addition, John is survived by his brother Carmelo in Augusta, Sicily, his sister Maria Mellace of Revere, and his brother Mario Russo of Lynnfield, along with their spouses, children, and grandchildren, as well as his sister-in-law, Concetta Russo, of Revere, and her children and grandchildren. Mr. Russo was predeceased by his brother Sebastiano Russo and his sister, Lucia Russo . Visiting hours will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere on Wednesday August 16th from 4:00-8:00 pm. Followed by a Funeral Mass on Thursday in St Anthony's Church at 11:00 am. Relatives and friends will go directly to St Anthony's. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Mausoleum. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in Johns memory to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association by visiting

St Anthony's of Padua Cath Church

Phone: (781) 289-1234

Address: 250 Revere St Revere MA,

Service Date: Thursday August 17th, 2023

Service Time: 11:00 am

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