Russell A. Vassallo, Esq., age 84, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, KY.
Born April 24, 1934, in Newark, NJ, he was a son of the late Anthony and Philomena Pennetta Vassallo. Russell graduated from Seton Hall University and from Seton Hall School of Law. For the first ten years after law school, he worked as an insurance adjuster for State Farm and Nationwide Insurance and then decided to take the New Jersey Bar Exam. After about 25 years of practicing law, he retired to a farm in Southcentral Kentucky where he lived with his wife, Virginia, and their dog, cats and horses. After retirement, he began his writing career. Russell was the author of 10 published books, ranging from animal rescue, mystery, and three books about his grandfather, who was a Mafia Don in the first half of the twentieth century. He also founded Krazy Duck Productions in Danville, KY. Russell was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Munson Vassallo, whom he wed on October 5, 1987; children, Carolyn (William) Ward of Rockaway, NJ, Russell (Nancy) Vassallo III of Yardley, PA, Christopher (Rita) Vassallo of Fairfield, NJ, and Marianne Mosca of Nutley, NJ; step-children, Heather (Brian) Shilale of Bradford, RI and Michael (ElizaBeth) Vassallo of South River, NJ; siblings, Geraldine Russo of Wharton, NJ, Anthony Vassallo of Dallas, TX, and Bernadette (Michael) Parasolle of Flanders, NJ; and thirteen grandchildren also survive.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00AM Friday, January 18, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father George Otuma officiating. Visitation will be held from 7-9PM on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at a later date at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Upper Montclair, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested in memory of Russell Vassallo to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with online guestbook and video tribute available at www.mckinneybrown.com.