Nicola “Nick” Russo, age 85

of Quincy

Nicola “Nick” Russo, age 85

Nicola “Nick” Russo, age 85, a longtime Quincy resident, died peacefully, Saturday, August 29, 2020, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, surrounded by his loving family.

Nicola was born in Gualtieri Sicaminò, Sicily, to the late Angelo and Giovanna (Rizzo) Russo. Raised and educated there, he immigrated to the United States in 1962 at the age of twenty-seven, settling in Quincy.

Nick was a well-known barber in Quincy. He owned and operated Nick’s Barber Shop for over 40 years. Nick loved being a barber and his clientele spanned generations. He also worked as a custodian for Norfolk County for over thirty years, working in courthouses in Dedham and Quincy.

Nick worked hard but also knew how to enjoy life. He loved a good glass of red wine, challenging friends and family to various American and Italian card games, Sunday lunches with family, and cheering on the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox every season.

Nick was a parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Church in Quincy. He enjoyed traveling to his home in Sicily every year to visit cherished family and friends there and to attend the annual festival of San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of his hometown.

Most of all, Nick loved and was devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren, proudly supporting their accomplishments all his life.

Beloved husband for sixty-one years of Carmela (Schepis) Russo.

Devoted father of Giovanna Russo of Quincy, Angelo Russo and his wife Michelle of Braintree, and Lina Russo of Quincy.
Loving grandfather of Natalie Russo and Nicholas Russo, both of Braintree.

Dear brother of the late Caterina Russo.

He is survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, and dear friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, September 2, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Thursday, September 3, at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nicola’s memory may be made to Father Bill’s & MainSpring, 430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301 or to the charity of your choice.


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  • My deepest sympathy. Nick was a great man and will be sorely missed. U are all in my thoughts and prayers..


  • Dear Carmela, Joanne, Angelo and Michelle and Lina . Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your families. We remember Nick fondly on our European trip back in 1989, he was a very loving and generous man and treated Dominic and I like his own children. His love for his wife and children and excitement of being together on that trip was his paradise. Though he has gone he has not left you, unseen but never forgotten and always by your side. Love from Dominic and Connie Morabito (sydney, Australia)

  • So sorry to hear of your loss

  • He was such a great guy.
    I got haircuts from him for decades.
    We both were winter warriors. I served in the US 10th Mountain Div, Nick served in the Italian Alpini (Alpine) Brigade.

    He had pics in his shop of my brother and a bunch of his buddies with a camel and Santa clause in Afghanistan.

    My wife took a picture of my son getting his first haircut, Nicks giant hand on his head as he screamed bloody murder. That pic was hanging in his shop also.

    He gave my Dad a bottle of wine once that he had made, we shared a couple of glasses and then had to stagger home drunk because we didn’t realize how strong it was.
    Good times.
    Godspeed old friend.

  • I will miss you very much. May you rest in peace.
    My love to Camella and family.
    Love, Paul

  • Dear Carmela, Angelo & Michelle, Giovanna, Lena, Natalie and Nick,

    Our deepest most heartfelt condolences to all of you. We are so very sorry for your families loss. Nick was such a wonderful man and will be missed by all.
    Joe, Ashley, Joey and I will forever remember Nick with the fond memories we have of him. We are sending you much love and keeping you all in our prayers during this most difficult time.