Joseph D. Russo

November 29, 1954November 8, 2019

Joseph D. Russo “Joe”, 64, loving husband to Anita (Camilleri) Russo of 41 years, of Wethersfield and Old Lyme, CT, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on November 8th, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in New Britain, CT on November 29, 1954 to Sebastian and Carmela (Tralongo) Russo of New Britain, CT.

Joe was a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Tunxis Community College. He and his brother Sal were the co-founders and owners of City Oil Company.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Anita; two sons, Michael J. Russo and his wife Sarah and her children Briana and Camden of Berlin, CT; Joseph S. Russo and his wife Alison of Wethersfield, CT; and his beautiful granddaughters, Camille Anne and Vivienne Carmela, who were the light of his life. He also leaves his brother, Salvatore S. Russo and his wife Teresa of Old Lyme; his sister, Paula Sisti of Farmington; his brother-in-law, Anthony and wife Mary Anne Camilleri; and sister-in-law, Gloria and husband Peter O’Keefe. Joe also leaves behind his many special nieces and nephews; extended beach family; “Broskis” and friends who were near and dear to his heart. He is now reunited with his parents; his in-laws, Salvatore and Gloria Camilleri; and his brother-in-law, Kevin Sisti.

The world will never meet another “Joe Russo”. He was a charismatic, generous man with a passion for life; a love of the beach and great meals on the deck with friends and family. He taught us the true meaning of “family”. He showed us that family is not limited to your relatives, it includes your friends. To know Joe was to love him. He has left us all with memories that we will forever cherish.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday November 16, 2019 at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect Street, Wethersfield. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to: Attn: Laura Schmelter, Connecticut Children's Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106. The New Britain Memorial - Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home 444 Farmington Ave. New Britain is assisting the family. For online condolences please visit


  • Sebastian Russo, Father (deceased)
  • Carmela (Tralongo) Russo, Mother (deceased)
  • Anita (Camilleri) Russo, Wife
  • Michael J. Russo (Sarah), Son
  • Joseph S. Russo (Alison), Son
  • Camille Anne, Granddaughter
  • Vivienne Carmela, Granddaughter
  • Briana, Grandchild
  • Camden, Grandchild
  • Salvatore S. Russo (Teresa), Brother
  • Paula Sisti, Sister
  • Anthony Camilleri (Mary Anne), Brother-in-law
  • Gloria O'Keefe (Peter), Sister-in-law
  • Salvatore and Gloria Camilleri, In-laws (deceased)
  • Kevin Sisti, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Joe also leaves behind his many special nieces and nephews; extended beach family; “Broskis” and friends who were near and dear to his heart.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 16, 2019


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Frank DeFrancesco

November 24, 2019

Dear Anita and the Russo Family,
My sincere condolences on the loss of a very special man. It was an absolute pleasure to know him but an honor to call him my friend. There are so many great memories of times spent with Joe but one thing for sure, after seeing him every summer for 50 years Old Colony will never be the same. I loved him like a brother.

Frank DeFrancesco and Family

Robert Tulisano

November 17, 2019

So sorry to hear of your loss, we will miss Joeys rides by our house on Hartford Ave. beeping the horn all the way up the avenue after he waved. The beach community will never be the same.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time.

Tina Fallon (Pizzo)

November 17, 2019

Anita & family, I was so saddened by the news of Joe’s untimely passing. I’m so glad we ran into you a couple years back in Rocky Hill. Whenever we did run into one another, it was always like days of high school, at a time we met Joe - warm, friendly, always a kind word to say. It was like time had not passed. I was looking at pictures of when the 3 of us were in the Pavane (12/19/1975). Such innocent days. So much life ahead. Love and prayers to you and your family.

Tina Fallon

David Salonia

November 17, 2019

I had so many fond memories and good times with Joey and Sal growing up in New Britain. I lived on Steele St. and they lived on Garden St., about a block away. We were always at each other's homes; racing and fixing minibikes, shining shoes and helping at their dad's barber shop, playing on the train tracks in Berlin, doing chores, going to the beach, sleepovers, and of course, going to school together. Joe's dad brought us to St. Maurice Jr. High School every morning, which was somewhat of a walk. Joe was always smiling, cracking jokes, and had "something up his sleeve"! Never a dull moment passed when I was with Joe! At Aquinas, Joe, Frank Sgro, Rick Gallo, Rich Glownia, and I were affectionately known as "The Mafia", especially at the Halloween Party where we won first place. I'm sure Joe is resting in peace and having fun with his parents and family, which he now joins. Our sincerest condolences to Anita and Joe's family for their loss.

Maria Iannucci

November 16, 2019

A little boy once asked his dad where stars go during the day. His father replied , "They shine in Italy. But really they are always here, we just can't see them."
State nel mio cuore (You are all in my heart)

Paul Calafiore

November 16, 2019

So sad to hear about Joe’s passing, I have fond memories with Joe, bought his boat a few years back, shared some wonderful laughs. Our very sincere condolences to the entire family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. RIP Joe
Paul & Anna Calafiore

Shirley Beaupre Shea

November 16, 2019

I am so sad to hear of Joe's passing. From Saint Maurice to Saint Thomas Aquinas and then working together at Berlin Savings Bank...Joey always kept us laughing with his antics! My deepest sympathies to all of his family.

Jody Smith

November 15, 2019

I have known Joe all my life growing up at the beach! He lived right next door to my gram on Breen ave. He always told me how much he loved her and what a great lady she was! I remember him driving around on the zumas with the crew! He was always smiling! RIP Joe, you will be missed. My condolences to the family.

Bryan Rathbun

November 14, 2019

our condolens and prayers go out to the Russo family

Lisa Maratta

November 14, 2019

Dear Russo Family,
My deepest condolences to you all. Joey was the second “Broski” I met. His infectious smile and kind, welcoming heart will always be remembered. I hadn’t known him for very long, but it was long enough to see how much his family and friends meant to him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
~Lisa Maratta