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Vincent J. Russo, 93, of Oceanport, NJ, passed away peacefully at his home on January 3, 2022, in the care of his faithful caregiver of nearly eight years, Kofi Kubi. Vincent was born to Theresa and Vincent J. Russo and raised in Hillburn, NY.

Vincent, a grateful first-generation American, graduated high school in 1946 and served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Europe. During this time, he had the unexpected opportunity to travel through Europe. After graduating from Kean University, on the G.I. Bill, he began teaching woodshop in public schools, first in Ramsey before moving south to Rumson where he set up the first woodshop, later called industrial arts, at what was then the new Forrestdale Elementary School. He was a true craftsman, turning his talents to building Cape Cod style houses in town during the summers. Although he enjoyed working in education and was eligible for tenure in 1961, he instead took a chance on making building and construction his life’s work.

Vincent established a growing business over six decades, building beautiful custom homes, office buildings in Rumson and Shrewsbury, and apartments and condominiums in Highlands and Sea Bright, ran the Anchorage Beach Club as well as developed many land subdivisions. He was a trailblazer as an early adopter who built award-winning, all-electric buildings.

Vincent is remembered by friends and family for his welcoming spirit and smile, his warmth and generosity, and for his willingness to always lend a hand to help a friend.

Vincent is survived by his three children: Alyce Russo, her husband Steven Schall and their son Nathaniel Schall Russo; his son Vincent J. Russo III, and his daughter Dana S. Russo. He is also survived by his former wife of 38 years, Marie S. Russo, in addition to extended family, and many dear friends and long-time co-workers and business colleagues.

He enjoyed being a life-long member and Commodore of the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club. He also followed his passion later in life for golf at Beacon Hill Country Club, and other courses, proudly scoring a hole-in-one. His other joys and love were his mother Theresa, his sister Mildred and his brother Frank, and his surviving brothers Rudy and his wife Peggy, and Wallace, as well as traveling to and within the coasts of Florida.

Vincent was entombed on January 10 at Woodbine Cemetery and Mausoleum, in a private ceremony.  A memorial celebration will be held at an outdoor venue later this year.  In memory, donations may be made by mail or online to: ALZHEIMER’S NEW JERSEY, Respite Care and Wellness Program, 425 Eagle Rock Ave., #203, Roseland, NJ 07068, http://weblink.donorperfect.com/vincentrusso or the ALZHEIMER’S DRUG DISCOVERY FOUNDATION, 57 West 57th Street, Suite 904, New York, NY 10019, https://www.alzdiscovery.org/donate

 

 

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