Oresto John Velardo

January 17, 1932March 27, 2021

Oresto “Russ” Velardo passed away on March 27, 2021 at the age of 89. He was born on January 17, 1932 in Detroit; son of Pietro and Bernadetta (nee Ferritto) Velardo. Russ was a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served his country well. Russ was a city councilman for 19 years, and mayor pro tem for 1 year. He was very active in the Harper Woods Lion’s Club and Dad’s Club for 40 years. He was active in the city’s Little League, and other youth activities there as well. He will be remembered for his fun loving nature, popularity with the youth, commitment to service, and his compassion about everything he did. His biggest love was his family. He was predeceased by his loving wife Elaine in 2018. He was proud of his son Michael Velardo, and daughter Cindy (Norman) Oke. He loved his grandsons Robert Degryse, and William Pierce. He adored his great-granddaughter Gabi, and great-grandson Conner. He will be deeply missed by his brother Alfred Velardo, and sister Gina Zuccaro. He was also predeceased by his brother Antonio. Oresto will be interred next to his beloved Elaine at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Twp.


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Vivian Sawicki

April 17, 2021

I was honored to serve on the Harper Woods City Council for many years with Russ. His dedication and service to the Harper Woods community is commendable. Russ never hesitated to speak up about important issues, he was first to volunteer, and his heart was always with improving the community. I have fond memories of him and Elaine volunteering at Dad's Club Pancake Breakfasts and Lion's Club Spaghetti Dinners. Thank you for all you've done, Russ. You will be missed.


April 14, 2021

It was an honor knowing Lion Russ and a pleasure serving with him as a Lion. He always treated me with respect and was never shy about sharing his opinion, or advice, with me. He will be missed and remembered forever. R.I.P. my friend.