Christopher Russo, 72, formerly of Huntington Road,
Hadley, passed peacefully at the Fisher House in Amherst on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
He was born in Deerfield,
July 15, and was the son of the late Columbus and Mildred Russo.
Chris graduated from Deerfield
Academy in 1959 and Northampton Commercial
1961. After college he worked for Millers Falls Tool
Company. Married his wife Cynthia in 1965 and they moved to the Boston area where he took
a position with Honeywell.
They returned to Western Massachusetts in 1973 and joined
his father and brother in business, starting P&M Wood Products in Northampton until he
joined Hillside Plastics in 1994, where he worked through to his retirement in
He loved spending time with family, gardening, taking trips,
music, cross word puzzles, the New England Patriots and was an avid card
and tennis player.
Chris is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, daughter Kimberly
and her husband, Douglas Staut and their daughter, Hailey of New York City, son
James and his partner Elizabeth Tartleton of Long Island New York.
The youngest of 4 boys, Chris is survived by brothers Victor
of Deerfield and David of Toronto, and was predeceased by his brother Allan.
Wrisley Funeral Home has been entrusted with providing for
Chris’s care and services. A gravesite service will be held at noon on
July 20, 2013 at the Laurel Hill Cemetery
in Deerfield followed by gathering the Deerfield
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the D’Armour
Center for Cancer Care,
3350 Main Street, Springfield,
Expressions of Sympathy are available at