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Anthony J. (Tony) Russi, Sr.July 8, 1929 ~ June 8, 2017 (age 87)
ANTHONY J. (TONY) RUSSI, SR. of Sanford passed away Thursday, June 8th. Born July 8, 1929 in Hayward, CA, Tony moved with his parents to Sanford in 1930, where he attended local schools and then joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946 serving with the 2nd Marine Air Wing until 1949. After his discharge, Tony returned to Sanford and married Betty Ruth Cook of Sanford. Tony and Betty were married for 64 years, until Betty passed away on July 31, 2013. Tony had been a professional boxer, a musician, and in 1954 became an insurance agent, eventually starting his own agency, Tony Russi Insurance, located on French Avenue in Sanford. He was also a Rotarian, where he was chosen district governor for District 698 (1982-83), and contributed to many charitable organizations throughout his business career. Tony is survived by three sons: Anthony, Jr., Randall, and Richard, all of Sanford, two grandchildren: Richard II (Humble, TX) and Mya C. Russi (Tampa, FL), three great grandchildren, five brothers and one sister, and many nieces and nephews. The family will be receiving friends Friday, June 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM ~ 10:00 AM at Gramkow Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Sanford.