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Ronald LaRussa

Ronald Joseph LaRussa

Tuesday, February 22nd, 1938 - Saturday, September 7th, 2019
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ENFIELD – Ronald J. “Ron” LaRussa, 81, beloved husband of sixty-one years of Judith (Pierce) LaRussa, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital. Born on February 22, 1938, son of the late Angelo and Ann (Jackamore) LaRussa, he was a lifelong resident of Enfield. Ron attended Suffield Academy, Enfield High School and Western New England College. He was an outstanding athlete in baseball, basketball and football. Ron was a member of the 1950 Rotary Club Baseball Little League Champions in the first year of existence. He loved telling how he hit the first homerun ever in little league off of his friend Bill “Crow” Spanswick. He coached EPSA Girls Softball for ten years. Ron’s claim to fame was a tryout with the old Brooklyn Dodgers and he still insisted that he was waiting for a letter to join the “Big Show”. He later went on to write a sports column called “Ron’s roundup of local sports”, for the Thompsonville Press along with a few awards for sports writing. He then went on to be a well-known photographer for the TVILLE Press, Hartford Courant, Springfield Daily News and the Enfield Police Department.  Ron was in the appliance business with his father, Angelo “Al” LaRussa for twenty-five years, both in Enfield and Windsor Locks. LaRussa Appliance Store was a landmark in those towns since 1945 when Al first started. Ron was a former member of the Enfield Chamber of Commerce and served on the executive board of directors-trade division. He was involved in real estate for nine years and was a supervisor with Hallmark Cards for twenty years, retiring in 1999. He was also an honorary member of the Enfield Hunters Club and served on the board of directors for many years. He was a member of the Rinaldi-Fede Post 17 and was also a member of the “Kustoms” of Enfield and he also won a car rodeo in Enfield and placed second in the state final. Ron was an avid UConn Women’s Basketball fan and he sure loved his Yankees.   He also was a shotgun and handgun instructor with the late Capt. Don Barnes. Ron enjoyed hunting and fishing. The many trips to Vermont with his wife Judie. They always enjoyed their trip up north. Besides his best friend and loving wife Judie, he is survived by three sons, Ronald J. LaRussa, Jr. and his wife Nancy of Enfield, Robert J. LaRussa and Yvonne Kubicek of Burbank, CA, Randall T. LaRussa and wife Donna of Windsor Locks, a daughter, Kristen M. LaRussa of Enfield, grandchildren, Megan and Andrea Stires, Jenifer and Geoff Stevenson, Anthony LaRussa, Chase LaRussa, LCPL, USMC, RJ LaRussa and Patrick LaRussa, a sister, Marilyn Bowidas and longtime friend, Alfred Bowidas of Punta Gorda, FL, cousins, Raymond and Elaine LaRussa, Jean and Jim Divine, Don and Joyce VanNostrand, his lifelong childhood friend, Sam Peraro, and nieces, nephews and many close friends. He was predeceased by his in-law, Douglas and Marjorie (VanNostrand) Pierce. The funeral will be Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 9am from the Browne Memorial Chapels, 43 Shaker Road with a Mass in Holy Family Church at 10. The burial will be private. Calling hours are at the funeral home on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 from 4-6pm. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005, the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91, Tech Ctr, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or the Parkway Pavilion Recreation Department, 1157 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082. For online condolences, please visit www.brownefuneralchapel.com
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Holly George-Skehan

Posted at 10:05am
I am sorry for your loss. I remember my dad, Ken George, coaching Kristen and I in softball with Ron when we were kids. Healing thoughts and prayer for your family.
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Dave Ziemnicki

Posted at 09:59am
Deepest respect and sincere condolences to the LaRussa Family. I knew Ron from working at his Appliance store back in the early 70's I remember him as kind, generous, friendly and fun to work for. Prayer to all God Bless.
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Walter

Posted at 08:59pm
Sent with much love and remembrance of many fun happy times.
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Michael & Debi McMullen

Posted at 03:28pm
Debi and I extend our deepest condolences to the La Russa family. I've known your Dad since I became a police officer in 1994. He was a true gentleman and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. He loved Enfield and his family and was proud of all his children and family. God bless...………………….
 

Kristen LaRussa Posted at 03:39pm

Thank you for your kind words ~ Kristen

Kristen LaRussa

Posted at 04:28am
Rest peacefully Daddy! There is no longer any pain and you can breathe freely. I promise to take good care of Mommy. I love you!
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