John M. Russo


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Lawrence, MA - John M. Russo, age 94, a longtime resident of Wilmington, formerly of Lawrence and Tewksbury, and a renowned artist fondly known as the "Man of Steel," passed away peacefully on December 31, 2018.
John was born in Lawrence, Mass., on June 17, 1924, (Bunker Hill Day); he was the cherished son of the late Mariano "Mike" and Francesca (Moncada) Russo. John, along with his brother Trio, were raised on Union Street in Lawrence above Fisichelli's Bakery. John attended Lawrence Public Schools and was a graduate of Lawrence High School with the class of 1942.
John was the beloved husband of 68 years to the late Louise (Nardo) Russo, devoted father of Linda Aspeslagh of Amesbury and her partner Tim Regan, Leslie Champoux and her late husband Bart of Belchertown, and Michael Russo and his wife Peggy of North Chelmsford. Loving "Papa" of Kenneth and Rachel Aspeslagh, Glen and Sothy Aspeslagh, Kristen Champoux, Michael Russo, Kerry and Ron Yost, Wendy and Larry Johnson; and great-grandchildren, Tabitha, Sonja, Nicholas, Sam, Heidi, Liana, Natalia, Lillian, Madden, Morgan, Ayla and Avery; dear brother of the late Trionfro "Trio" Russo.
John's family would like to thank their caregiver, Karen Burns, who provided loving support and care to John; and also his wife Louise during the final years of their life.
Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life at the Tewksbury Country Club, 1880 Main St. (Route 38), Tewksbury, MA, on Monday, January 14, at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the All Care Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA 01901, or to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, Mass.; for complete obituary please visit our website at
Published on January 10, 2019
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