October 14, 1941 ~ February 27, 2020

Born in: Rochester, New York
Resided in: Seneca, South Carolina

John T. Russi

Greece:  Thursday, February 27, 2020 at age 78.  Predeceased by his parents, Pierre and Anna Russi.  Survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sue; devoted children, Kim Russi and Jeff (Julie) Russi; grandchildren, Cam Suplicki, Mason and Payton Lauber; brothers-in-law, Gary, David (Jan), Jack (Kathy) Beadling; sister-in-law, Joan (George) Carafos; many loving family and dear friends.

John was a graduate of West Irondequoit High School, proud graduate of RIT with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a retiree of Eastman Kodak Co. He was active with the Parma Zoning board, Hilton School Board and Hilton Rotary Club.   After retirement, John and Sue spent the last 20 years in Seneca, South Carolina.  He was a musician who enjoyed playing the drums, watching drum corps and sports. He took pleasure in discussing politics and history.  John will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

John’s committal prayers will be celebrated Saturday, March 7th 10:00 AM in the chapel of Christ our Light Mausoleum of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. (Please meet at the Mausoleum).  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of John’s beloved “grandpups” to Operation Freedom Ride, Inc or Pets Stop Here Inc.

Operation Freedom Ride, Inc: or 194 Bayway Drive, Webster, NY 14580

Pets Stop Here, Inc: or PO Box 14924 Rochester, New York 14614


Service: March 7, 2020 10:00 am

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

Room: Christ our Light Chapel

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  1. Dear Sue & all the family members of John, Our hearts ache knowing John has left this earth & we will see him no more… well, hopefully in Heaven where he will be doing something in finances & playing drum set in a band!! Our friendship spans many years & many good times together – both in Rochester, Florida, SC & vacation places in between. He will never fade from our memories or our hearts. We send our prayers & sympathies to you & offer our hands in friendship & support. May God Bless you & may we all strive to keep his legacy of music, service, family & “communication” alive. Love, Dick & JoAnn Merlau

  2. Dear Sue, Kim, Jeff & your families….my deepest sympathy & condolences may all your memories sustain you & may Our Lord give you peace in knowing He has given John freedom from pain & suffering & granted him eternal peace in God’s heavenly kingdom.


    Barb Durick

  3. My condolences to you and your Family. Praying you may find Strength, Comfort and Peace. May he R.I.P.🕊 Letty, Silvia Gonzalez and Ulysses.

  4. Dear Sue, Kim, Jeff and all the family,
    We are sending our love and deepest sympathy at this sad time. We remember so many great visits with John and our dear friend Sue, where we got to enjoy Johns passionate opinions on so many topics..
    We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Our condolences and prayers to your family. It’s such a horrible loss. May God keep you close and comfort you in this time of loss.

  6. I remember John with fondness as we bantered about school issues when he was on the School Board. love goes out to Sue, Jeff and Julie and to Kim and their grandson.

  7. Dear Sue, Kim, Cam, Jeff, Julie, Mason and Peyton,

    Our prayers continue to be with you. A donation has been sent to Operation Freedom Ride in memory of John.
    Most difficult news for us to hear was of John’s passing. We thank you for always staying in touch with us in good times and in bad. We thank God that we were able to be a part of John’s service. May all the good memories made through the years continue to be a source of comfort for all of you.

    Love and prayers, Karl and Dianne Gilman

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