Ernest Joseph Russo

May 4, 1935November 17, 2018
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Ernest (Ernie) Russo, 83, of Novato, CA passed away peacefully on November 17, 2018. He was born in San Francisco on May 4, 1935, the fourth of five boys born to Diodoro and Grazia Russo. Ernie graduated from Galileo High School and joined the Air Force where he served as a reserve for several years. He worked the next fifty years as a window cleaner in San Francisco for large cleaning companies as well as maintaining his own business. Ernie was married to Gayle Russo for twenty years and they had two children, daughter Cindie, and son Ted. After moving to Marin in the late Sixties, Ernie was an active member of both the Marin Italian Athletic Club and the Corte Madera Lions Club. In 1986 he moved to Novato, eventually easing into retirement where he enjoyed trips to the track to play the horses and following all the San Francisco sports teams.

Ernest is survived by two brothers, Vince and Mario (Teddy) as well as his daughter Cindie Errigo of Lincoln, CA and son Ted Russo of Bloomington, IL. He has four granddaughters – Jenna Ingraham, Cylvia Vier, Sophia Russo and Isabella Russo. Additionally he is survived by six great-grandchildren – Jamilla Ingraham, Jazmine Gosselin, Lucas J. Gosselin, Joelle Gosselin, Gloria Perriera and Kameron Vier.

Ernie’s infectious smile was loved by everyone and he will be dearly missed by all.

Ernest will be laid to rest Tuesday November 27th at Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato, CA 94945 the graveside service will begin at 12:00pm. A Celebration of Life gathering will be immediately to follow in the Reception area.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Ernest Joseph Russo

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Bonnie Pybus

November 26, 2018

Dear Russo Family,
I have such fond memories of seeing Ernie working in and around Embarcadero Center for many years. Always with a kind hello and big smile. And again years later at Marin Bocce. Such a swell guy. Rest In Peace, Ernie.

Patricia Parker

November 26, 2018

To the family of Ernest Joseph Russo,
May you find peace and love in the memories
you cherish of Ernie. We will miss his kind heart and radiant smile.
Our deepest sympathies,
Joseph and Patricia Parker

Edward & Arlene Phipps

November 26, 2018

The Russo Family
It is with deepest regrets that Arlene and I learned of Ernies' passing I have been a friend of Ernies' going back to the old Helen Wills playground and the good old North Beach days. We recently reconnected at the Marin Bocci courts, Ernie will be sorely missed. "May Ernie have a fair wind and following sea always". God bless.
Ed and Arlene Phipps

Joyce Ingraham

November 21, 2018

To the Russo family, may I send my deepest sympathy and say that my thoughts have been with several of you since I learned of Ernie’s passing. I admired his friendly face. You must be even prouder of his devotion to you. He sure will be missed by those who knew him. RIP, Ernie.