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In loving memory of
Anthony “Tony” Charles Russo
  • May 20, 1940
  • -
  • February 05, 2021

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Born May 20, 1940 in Cleveland, Tony passed away peacefully on February 5, 2021, in Palm Coast, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Beatrice and was the proud father of Anthony Jr. and Michelle Ryan (Brent). He was a loving grandfather to Brady, McKenna, and Gianna Ryan. He is also survived by a brother, Sebastian “Butch” Russo (Jane), and a sister, Charlene Levkanich (Cy), as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Tony owned and operated Euclid Asphalt Paving Company for 35 years in Mentor, Ohio, prior to moving to Florida. He loved his adopted home of Flagler Beach, and the many friends he had there. Tony will be remembered as being active, fun loving, and always having his 4-legged companion, Bella, at his side at the beach.

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  1. Sebastain Frank Russo posted an image:
    04 Mar 2021
    Brothers at  beach
    Brothers at beach

  2. Sebastian Frank Russo says:
    04 Mar 2021
    I’ve Lost my Little Brother.
    Tony and I are only 17 months apart in age and so we were very close growing up. Believe it or not Tony was very shy as a young boy. If he had issues at school the nuns would come and get me because Tony would not talk to anyone he did not know well. Especially not someone in authority. His shyness ended when he became an outstanding athlete playing CYO football for St Aloysius grade school. He was born with natural speed, all the coach had to do was give him the ball and if he found daylight he was gone.
    As young boys we used to race to the store, he always beat me by an arm’s length, that never changed. Upon going to St Joseph High school, he continued his dominance on the football field. This success changed him forever as a boy and a man. He was so good in high school they moved up to varsity as a sophomore and we played 4 games together. I told him varsity play was different, these guys are faster and bigger, do not expect to run away from everyone. First game he took a kickoff at the 20-yard line and ran 80 yards for a touchdown. When we met in the end zone he said to me “I thought you said this would be different”
    He continued his success and recognition playing football by being elected to the Teen Magazine Ohio State Dream Team, which was comprised the best football athletes in Ohio by position. He was honored at a dinner with the other Dream Team members who were all greeted by the very best, Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns.
    Tony served in the military and then went on to take over our dads Asphalt Paving Company, Euclid Asphalt. He ran the company for many years after dad passed. His goal always was to retire to Florida which he did about 15 years ago. He settled in at Flagler Beach and with lab (Bella) he loved life all over again. There in Flagler Beach he started a Handyman business to keep busy. He was always very active. He would walk the beach, watch the sun set and listen to the waves slapping the sandy beaches. He truly now was in his heaven. He made many friends, some of them called Tony family, and he was where he wanted to be doing what he wanted to do. But after it all I still lost my little brother.

  3. Sebastian Frank Russo posted an image:
    04 Mar 2021

  4. Donna Thom says:
    03 Mar 2021
    There will be a Mass for Tony at St. Anthony of Padua in Parma, Ohio, Sunday, May 2 at 12:00 mass. Tony was my cousin and he will be missed by all who knew him...a really good man.

  5. BILL WHITE posted an image:
    27 Feb 2021
    "#77 in your program... #1 in our hearts"     St. Joe's vs Euclid  Hero 1958
    "#77 in your program... #1 in our hearts" St. Joe's vs Euclid Hero 1958

  6. Ken Dolsak says:
    27 Feb 2021
    From one 1959 St Joseph Viking to another. Rest in Peace Tony.

  7. Nick C Tibaldi says:
    27 Feb 2021
    Dear Butch, Anthony and Michelle. My sincere sympathy. ---- I'm a year younger than Tony. I first encountered him in grade school when he ran two touchdowns around me in a CYO playoff game. We lost 14-7. I was lucky to be his teammate in high school. I admired him so very much for his talents, humility and warm smile. ---- Butch, I remember you too. My fading memory won't let me picture you. I know you and Tony were close. So tough to lose a brother. ---- Michelle I happened to meet you at my office about 25 - 35 years ago. Your dad told me about your accident with the Voinovich girl. You never get used to losing a friend. ---- Anthony, I never met you. I trust you inherited your father's personality. Good luck to you. ---- Strangely enough, my father and your grandfather Charlie became close friends sometime after high school. They remained close till Charlie died. ---- You can be very proud of your family. ---- I will miss Tony as much as you. --- Best always.

  8. Cathy Nad Bruno says:
    13 Feb 2021
    Tony Jr and Michelle: Tony was such a wonderful friend. He was more than a friend - he was family. We will miss him so much. Love you and we hope you have comfort in family and friends and his memory.
    Love you,
    Bruno and Cathy Kelly.

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