OBITUARY

Jack Restivo

July 17, 1925March 1, 2019
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Jack Restivo of Bryan, formerly of Waco, passed away on March 1, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was 93 years old, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am, Saturday, March 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Center, 603 Church Ave, College Station, TX with Fr. Brian McMaster as Celebrant assisted by nephew, Deacon Andy Perrone. Burial will follow at the Aggie Field of Honor Cemetery. A Rosary will take place on Friday at 5:30 p.m. followed by visitation from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Memorial Funeral Chapel, 1515 South College Avenue, Bryan, TX.

Jack was born in Bryan, Texas on July 17, 1925 to Andrew H. Restivo and Corrine Nicolina Dragna Restivo, one of eleven children. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School, Bryan, Texas and later attended Texas A&M University, Class of 1946. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1943 where he trained to become an aerial gunner.

Soon after his discharge in 1946, Jack met his future partner for life, Mary Jo Cotropia and they married in 1947. Jack began his career in the insurance business in Bryan and in 1955 was promoted and transferred to Waco. In 1966, Jack founded A-1 Fire and Safety Equipment Company, and together with his family, continued to grow the company. Jack retired in 2000.

In Waco, he was active in supporting St. Louis Catholic Church and School and Reicher Catholic High School. Jack was on the school board of Reicher, and he and Mary Jo received the "Cougar Award for Excellence" in 1986 from Reicher.

Jack loved spending time with his family, entertaining friends, golfing and traveling with Mary Jo. Jack was a "die hard" Texas Aggie, a long-time season ticket holder for Texas A&M Football, Baseball, and Men's and Women's Basketball, an Endowed Member of the 12th Man Foundation and served on its Executive Committee. He was also a member of the Texas A&M Champions Council and the Texas A&M Foundation Legacy Society.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Sam, Frank, Joe and Andrew; and sisters, Lucille Ruffino and Corrine Smith.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 71 years, Mary Jo Restivo; three sons, Andy Restivo and wife Elaine of Bryan, John Restivo of Waco, and David Restivo of New Orleans; grandchildren, Laura Bond and husband Randy, Brian Restivo and wife Ashley, Courtney Wollard and husband Kyle, and Tara Varisco and husband Joe; great grandchildren, William, Hunter and Brooke Bond, Reagan and Klein Restivo, and Isabella Varisco; siblings Rena Cangelose, Mary Perrone, Anthony Restivo and wife Reba, Don Restivo and wife Lucy, and sister-in-law Virginia Restivo; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Comfort Keepers of College Station and Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility for their outstanding professionalism and kindness. The family is also deeply grateful to Amy Wolfgang, Floyda Taylor, and Annette Ramos for their loyal and compassionate caregiving.

As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the following organizations: Reicher Catholic High School, 2102 N. 23rd, Waco, TX; St. Mary's Catholic Center, 603 Church Ave, College Station, TX 77840; the Sterling C. Evans Library, 5000 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843; or the charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary Jo Cotropia Restivo, Wife
  • Andy & Elaine Restivo, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • John Restivo, Son
  • David Restivo, Son
  • Laura & Randy Bond, Granddaughter & Spouse
  • Brian & Ashley Restivo, Grandson & Spouse
  • Courtney & Kyle Wollard, Granddaughter & Spouse
  • Tara & Joe Varisco, Granddaughter & Spouse
  • William Bond, Great-Grandchild
  • Hunter Bond, Great-Grandchild
  • Brooke Bond, Great-Grandchild
  • Reagan Restivo, Great-Grandchild
  • Klein Restivo, Great-Grandchild
  • Isabella Varisco, Great-Grandchild
  • Anthony & Reba Restivo, Brother & Sister-in-law
  • Don & Lucy Restivo, Brother & Sister-in-law
  • Rena Cangelose, Sister
  • Mary Perrone, Sister
  • Virginia Restivo, Sister-in-law
  • N U M E R O U S, Nieces & Nephews
  • Andrew Restivo, Father
  • Corrine Dragna, Mother
  • Sam Restivo, Brother
  • Frank Restivo, Brother
  • Joe Restivo, Brother
  • Andrew Restivo, Brother
  • Lucille Ruffino, Sister
  • Corrine Smith, Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brian Restivo
  • Randy Bond
  • Kyle Wollard
  • Joe Varisco
  • Will Bond
  • Hunter Bond
  • Michael O'Quinn
  • Johnny Cangelose

Services

  • ROSARY SERVICE Friday, March 8, 2019
  • VISITATION Friday, March 8, 2019
  • MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Saturday, March 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

Jack Restivo

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STEVI GREGORY

March 7, 2019

Mr. Jack, was the sweetest and funniest man ever, a true gentleman.
Jack always put a smile on my face every time he walked into the office.
R.I.P. Mr. Restivo, Gig'em Jack.

Don Parr '68

March 5, 2019

It has been thirteen years, but Judi and I still remember our Alaskan cruise with Jack and Mary Jo. Each evening as we dined together, we shared stories about our activities that day, either on board the ship or off on an adventure at the latest port of call. Or we would talk about life "back home" and about family. Jack made sure we were all part of the conversation each evening. Always gracious, and always adoring of his Mary Jo. The Restivos have been a blessing to us.

Frank Shannon

March 4, 2019

One of the most awesome guys in the world! Forever a trusted friend. One of my favorite memories was being on the golf course at Ridgewood. Not so much for the golf, but the fellowship. Jack would keep us laughing and making sure we didn't take ourselves too seriously. Also in the box in the "old" Kyle Field. What fun! And while serving on the Executive Committee of the 12th Man Foundation, Jack was always supportive and positive.

Jack and Mary Jo, Andy and Elaine, and the whole Restivo Clan, have always made Debbie and me feel like a part of your family. God bless you, Jack! You will live in our hearts and minds forever!

Joy Barret

March 2, 2019

I will treasure all our Aggie times together... they were the best .... and what a dear couple you all have been .... how I miss seeing you all at the games, and our post game celebrations at the Sherrill home ... will pray for you as your strength is renewed as his caregiver. Love you

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Biography

Jack was born in Bryan, Texas on July 17, 1925 to Andrew H. Restivo and Corrine Nicolina Dragna Restivo, one of eleven children. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School, Bryan, Texas and later attended Texas A&M University, Class of 1946. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1943 where he trained to become an aerial gunner.

Soon after his discharge in 1946, Jack met his future partner for life, Mary Jo Cotropia and they married in 1947. Jack began his career in the insurance business in Bryan and in 1955 was promoted and transferred to Waco. In 1966, Jack founded A-1 Fire and Safety Equipment Company, and together with his family, continued to grow the company. Jack retired in 2000.

In Waco, he was active in supporting St. Louis Catholic Church and School and Reicher Catholic High School. Jack was on the school board of Reicher, and he and Mary Jo received the "Cougar Award for Excellence" in 1986 from Reicher.

Jack loved spending time with his family, entertaining friends, golfing and traveling with Mary Jo. Jack was a "die hard" Texas Aggie, a long-time season ticket holder for Texas A&M Football, Baseball, and Men's and Women's Basketball, an Endowed Member of the 12th Man Foundation and served on its Executive Committee. He was also a member of the Texas A&M Champions Council and the Texas A&M Foundation Legacy Society.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Sam, Frank, Joe and Andrew; and sisters, Lucille Ruffino and Corrine Smith.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 71 years, Mary Jo Restivo; three sons, Andy Restivo and wife Elaine of Bryan, John Restivo of Waco, and David Restivo of New Orleans; grandchildren, Laura Bond and husband Randy, Brian Restivo and wife Ashley, Courtney Wollard and husband Kyle, and Tara Varisco and husband Joe; great grandchildren, William, Hunter and Brooke Bond, Reagan and Klein Restivo, and Isabella Varisco; siblings Rena Cangelose, Mary Perrone, Anthony Restivo and wife Reba, Don Restivo and wife Lucy, and sister-in-law Virginia Restivo; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Comfort Keepers of College Station and Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility for their outstanding professionalism and kindness. The family is also deeply grateful to Amy Wolfgang, Floyda Taylor, and Annette Ramos for their loyal and compassionate caregiving.

As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the following organizations: Reicher Catholic High School, 2102 N. 23rd, Waco, TX; St. Mary's Catholic Center, 603 Church Ave, College Station, TX 77840; the Sterling C. Evans Library, 5000 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843; or the charity of your choice.