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William R. Russo

August 25, 1943 — April 28, 2022

William R. Russo

William R. “Billy” Russo, age 78, of Woodbridge entered into rest on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Yale New Haven Hospital after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was the devoted husband of Patricia (Alanskas) Russo for over 53 years. Bill was born on August 25, 1943 in New Haven, son of the late Michael and Madeline (DeBiase) Russo.

Bill was raised in New Haven and attended local schools, and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University. He and Patricia were residents of Woodbridge for many years, raising their own family there. Bill worked as an auditor and accountant for Singer and Perkin Elmer before joining Subway as a site selector and eventually operating several stores throughout Connecticut. He was very active, enjoying softball and racketball with his friends and most recently golf. Bill was a Boston Red Sox and NY Giants fan. Together with his family he made many memories at their homes in Florida and New Hampshire.

He is the beloved father of Caryann Russo of North Branford, William M. Russo of Woodbridge, Richard P. Russo of Scottsdale, AZ and Loreen M. Russo of West Palm Beach, FL. Bill also leaves his 8 cherished grandchildren; his sister, Sandra Donato and her husband, Louis of CO; his sister-in-law, Lillian Smith of Beacon Falls and his loving niece and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Theodore Smith.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 10AM at St. Patrick Oratory, 50 Charles Street, Waterbury, CT 06708, friends and family are invited to meet directly at church. Burial will be private and at the convenience of his family. Memorial contributions may be made to the “CLOSER TO FREE FUND”, Yale New Haven Hospital, Office of Development, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508-9979. The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Naugatuck is assisting his family with the arrangements. To leave online condolences for his family or to share a story of Bill, please visit
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