Russ was born on June 24, 1945; a "Native Staten Islander"- born and raised on Staten Island. When he was young, he was called Rusty. He attended Curtis High School where he played basketball and baseball, but his love was baseball. Prior to high school, he played for local teams when he was in grade school and after high school, played in a corporate baseball league. For the past few years he has enjoyed following his nephew Conner’s baseball career. Russ enjoyed traveling, playing cards, playing Yahtze, golfing, bowling, dancing, playing bocce and watching his beloved Yankees. He also loved the New York Giants and told everyone about his grandfather who played for the original Giants. He was proud to serve his country in the United States Army and had a lifelong interest in anything related to American History. Professionally, Russ was retired from AON, where he was an Assistant Vice President. Russ and Barbara were married in 1982. She will remember him as always being a kind and caring person and her best friend. She also remembers fondly how Russ loved to watch “March of the Wooden Soldiers” every Thanksgiving. Russ cherished relationships. He knew he had other family and Barbara began a search in 2012 and was able to locate a brother in Texas. After a few introductory emails, Russ received a phone call on Christmas that year from his brother Rick and the two became instantly connected. Over the next few years, the bond between brothers solidified and they made up for as much lost time as they possibly could. They truly loved one another as only brothers can do. Even though short lived, the endless memories they made with one another were priceless, but just not enough. Russ passed on December 9, 2020. Russ is survived by his loving wife Barbara Allen, daughter Jennifer Nunn, grandchildren Kayla and Dylan Nunn, brother Rick Allen and his wife Melanie, nephew Conner Allen and nieces Danna Shaw, Chelsea Carter and Colbea Smith, uncle Tommy Mullusky and his wife Ginny, two aunts Betty Brown and Janet Verschingel, many loving cousins, friends and his fur baby, Bridget. He was preceded in death by his mother Rosemary (Mullusky) Finigan and sister Judy (Allen) Gibbs. A first visitation will be held Monday, December 14, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. and second visitation from 6:00-8:00 at Oliverie Funeral Home, 2925 Ridgeway Road, Manchester. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 509 Hooper Ave., Tom’s River, New Jersey 08753. Russ will be laid to rest following the mass at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province Line Road, North Hanover, New Jersey 08562.
If desired contributions may be made in Russ’s name to the Tunnel To Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, New York 10306 or (718) 987-1931 or https://tunnel2towers.org/
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