William Andrew Russo, “Bill”, age 65, has passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a man who served in politics and believed in its potential to help improve society. He was a man who traveled the world, visiting different cultures and appreciating all of their variety. He was a man who appreciated art, whether in a well-done painting, an exciting film, or a well-written book. Most of all, he was a man who knew the power of love, and instilled in others an appreciation of the world and all it could offer. Family and friends have all felt his warmth and humor, which makes the news of his passing all the more sad. He will be dearly missed and his memory will not be forgotten.
Bill was preceded in death by his father Frank Russo and mother Dorothy Jo Witt Russo. He is survived by three sons: Alex Russo, Phillip Russo and Ted Russo. Bill graduated from New Bern High School and was a Morehead Scholar at UNC from which he graduated in 1971. Bill was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
A memorial reception will be held by his family and friends between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 pm in the afternoon on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill, N.C. Online remembrances can be shared with his family by emailing Ted Russo at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be posting remembrances on Bill’s facebook page. In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family or consider donating to a charity of your choice.