OBITUARY

Joseph "Joe" Anthony Russo

July 29, 1966January 31, 2019
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RUSSO, JOSEPH “JOE”, age 52 of Trussville, took flight to his Heavenly home on Thursday, January 31, 2019. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betsy Boley Russo; and brother, Phillip Russo. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cindy Sykes Russo; sons, Andy Russo, Logan Russo and Hunter Russo (Jessica); father, Sam Russo; siblings, Tony Russo (Alan), Amy Spano (Louis), Callie Russo and Nena Russo; family dogs, Kai, Mable Grace, Pebbles and Piper; and a host of nieces and nephews. Joe was a valued employee of Nintendo of America for over 20 years. He was a loving husband and the best father and was loved by so many. His family will celebrate his life on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel with his service beginning at 7 PM.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 6, 2019
REMEMBERING

Joseph "Joe" Anthony Russo

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James Atchley

February 10, 2019

Joe,
I remember all the National meetings we would go and have beers to banter about football. Those were some of the best times I had. It was so great to have a guy friend that I could hang with and feel a true sense of pride for our home teams.

You always hoped your sons would go to college and play football for your beloved team. I would tell you it’s ok if they don’t because the love between a father and a son is unmatched and it’s the times we share when they are young that makes them men, not the teams they play for that matter. You have 3 terrific sons and one amazing wife and had the best life on earth, but now god has taken you under his wing to protect your beautiful family from afar. My heart goes out to your family and hope they know how much you loved and were proud of them.
I will miss you my friend and pray for peace for your family. Much love my friend!

Corrina Atchley

February 10, 2019

Joe,
I left Nintendo 3 years ago, but I remember our workdays like they were yesterday. You used to give me a heads up on what store was a “bama” store and which store was an Auburn store so I would not make a mistake of stating the wrong team in the store. That’s the kind of guy you were. Thoughtful and caring about people. You always talked of your sons and how proud you were to be a dad. I felt I knew each one of them throughout their young life’s. and felt I had a front row seat to their lives. You would talk about how Cindi was your rock and how much love you had for her. I hope they know how much you loved and cared for them and how all your days were about how you could provide a better life for them so they would not worry. Joe you were the salt of the earth and will be missed by so many on earth. Gods garden is a better place because you are there preparing it for us all to join you ones. Go in peace knowing God loves you and your family to the moon and back.

Christine Hackney

February 10, 2019

Joe Russo, you were a strong brick in the Nintendo foundation in Alabama. I remember your dry sense of humor, your humbleness and how calm I felt to be in your presence. I left Nintendo a few years ago, but I remember so much about you, your love of family and Alabama and really any football. Keeping you and yours in my prayers today.

Amy Cantrell

February 6, 2019

I worked for Nintendo in the Nashville, TN area. Many times, coming and going to the national meeting, Joe flew into Nashville and connected on the flight I was on. One such flight heading home, he sat behind me. He spoke of his family with such fondness that I knew he was a happy father and husband. He was always willing to help; the only man in a group of women. I retired in 2013, but my friend, and former supervisor, Corrina Atchley, remained connected. Joe was a good man, and he will be missed. To his family, I send my deepest heartfelt sympathy.

Rita West

February 6, 2019

I am one of so many people at Nintendo that were touched by Joe's honesty, genuineness and kindness. He was truly one of the most considerate people and I always enjoyed working with him and hearing about his family. He made a tremendous mark at retail and built a very strong rapport in countless stores . They loved Joe like family and not just because he was a hard worker but because he had great values, was considerate of others and was so authentic. We at Nintendo are so very sorry for your loss. Joe will remain in our hearts always.

Michael Fernand

February 5, 2019

Joe was the first person to talk to me at our national meeting when I was a new hire . Super fun guy and always so proud of his family. I will forever miss him being a part of our team.

Donna Hanrahan

February 4, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many. Treasure your memories.

Barbara Edwards

February 4, 2019

Enjoyed Joe’s company at our Nintendo meetings, we had a common love of college football, we were sneaking to look at scores during meetings , sorry for your loss

Jeffery Moran

February 2, 2019

Joe was my Nintendo rep while I worked at Toys R Us in Hoover. He was a great guy. Funny. Passionate. I looked forward to every Nintendo related event so I would get the chance to hang out with him for a few hours.
I am so sorry for your loss. I know the words of a stranger can't mean too much. But he was truly one of the best people I've ever met and the world is a little worse now that he's gone.

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Cozumel Cruise, 2018

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Joe and his mom, Betsy

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Joe and his boys

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Joe and Cindy at the Beach

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Happy New Year!

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Coach Joe!

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Eskimo Joe!

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