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Russell C. Badessa

December 08, 1922 - July 25, 2022


Obituary For Russell C. Badessa

Badessa, Russell Concetto of Belmont, peacefully at home on July 25th. Beloved husband of the late Anne "Nazarena" Frances Badessa. He is survived by his children Denise Terenzoni & Russell J. and was predeceased by his daughter Lillian Anne Feeley. Russell C. was also the loving "Grandpa" to 5 grandchildren: Christopher & Jeremy Badessa, Kimberly Terenzoni, Stephanie Woelfle & Maura Meadows and much-loved "Big Grandpa" to his 7 Great Grandchildren: Billy, Rachel Anne (in heaven), Lauren & Sarah Badessa, Beau Meadows, Cameron Woelfle & Mia Lanzilli. Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home, 761 Mt. Auburn St., WATERTOWN on Thursday from 4-7pm and to a funeral mass at Saint Joseph’s Parish on Friday at 10:30 am. Please meet directly at church. Burial to follow in Belmont Cemetery, 121 Grove St, Belmont. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Russell to: The Belmont Art Association. A check made out to Belmont Art Association with "In Memory of Russell Badessa" on the memo line can be sent to the BAA's treasurer at:

Belmont Art Association
c/o Bert Halstead
24 Louise Road
Belmont, MA 02478

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28 Jul


04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home 761 Mt. Auburn Street Watertown, MA 02472 Get Directions »
29 Jul

Funeral Mass

10:30 AM

St. Joseph Parish 130 Common St. Belmont, MA 02478 Get Directions »
29 Jul


11:30 AM

Belmont Cemetery 121 Grove St. Belmont, MA 02478 Get Directions »
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  • 07/29/2022

    To Russell, Denise, and the entire Badessa family: My deepest condolences to you all for the loss of your dear dad. He was in his 100th year, just a few months shy of his 100th birthday. What he accomplished in that time is monumental...he served his country, raised beautiful children, had a beautiful wife, loved his family deeply, worked hard, was an amazing artist/painter, and enjoyed life FULLY. His art was incredible and his art exhibits, news clip, and article was one of these (fist to heart) moments. The repercussions of the pandemic has changed so much for us all. Though unable to share our condolences in person, today my dad and I sat at our doorstep hoping the funeral procession would circle around the neighborhood. In honor of Mr. B.'s life, I made a poster (keep in mind, I'm no artist like your dad was) and set out candles in his honor (photos sent separately to your personal emails). Today, a piece of our neighborhood and hearts have been broken. That said, the candles stay lit inside our home to celebrate Mr. B.'s life rather than the one day he died. I'll think of him knowing that for my entire life, here lived a man from the Greatest Generation who was nothing short of GREAT. Although tears were shed today, the memories will forever bring lasting smiles. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love, always. Sharon and family (Carl, Aaron) and of course, "Mr. G." (my dear old dad)

  • 07/28/2022

    My deepest condolences to Denise, Russell and the entire Badessa family. I could not have asked for a better neighbor. My conversations with him were fascinating and captivating. Always enjoyed his insightful thoughts on the Sox and the game of baseball. Listening to him tell me of meeting John F. Kennedy was probably one of my favorite stories of his. To see his love and devotion to his wife and his entire family warmed my heart beyond words. His independence truly inspired me on how a person can live their life in their aging years and honestly gave me hope. My comfort today is in knowing he has rejoined everyone in his family in heaven that passed before him whom he missed so dearly and spoke of so fondly. I know my street is a sadder place right now and will never be quite the same. He was just an amazing, amazing man. My heart goes out to you all. Rest In Peace Mr. Badessa. Jason and the Valstyn family

  • 07/27/2022

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a piece of the fabric that makes the legacy of Belmont. He lived a full and loved life. My he be enjoying his reward in heaven with those he loved. Rest in peace Russel. Judy Conley Oliverio

  • 07/26/2022

    Dad, I will miss sorely our ventures these last few months & I thank God I had more time in retirement to enjoy them with you. Fenway Park Tour where you got to wear Bosox World Series Championship rings, the scenic Cape Cod RR ride, touring Haymarket Sq. & The Rose Kennedy Greenway with the top down, WooSox Stadium for last year's Red Sox first MLB playoff game on the Jumbo-tron. Much, much more, I will painfully miss the nightly phone calls, your sleepovers, our local diner breakfasts...I love you Dad & I am so happy you were able to spend your last few days in familiar surroundings: your little art studio. Hug & kiss for me Mom, Ya Ya, Rachel, and all our beloved deceased family members & friends. Your legacy lives on at the Beech Street Senior Center in Belmont, as they've asked to keep your 2nd Art Expo there this year through August & maybe even September. Love you Dad - Rest in Peace!

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