Rus­sel J. DeSalvo

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Oc­to­ber 4, 1925 Septem­ber 14, 2018

Rus­sel Joseph DeSalvo passed away peace­fully at home sur­rounded by love. A cher­ished son, brother, un­cle, hus­band, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, en­tre­pre­neur and friend, he was known for his charisma in busi­ness, his gen­er­ous spirit and gift of mak­ing ev­ery­one feel spe­cial.

Rus­sel was born in Pitts­burg, PA and raised by his Si­cil­ian im­mi­grant par­ents in Cincin­nati, Ohio. He grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Cincin­nati in 1949, ac­com­pa­nied friends across coun­try ar­riv­ing in Cal­i­for­nia, and en­tered into the travel field by work­ing at the air­port and in agen­cies. He fell in love in San Fran­cisco, met and mar­ried Lin (nee Eleanor McGrath) in 1956 and started a fam­ily.

In the early 60’s, Rus­sel opened his very suc­cess­ful busi­ness, DeSalvo Travel, trav­el­ing all over the world. Through­out his 40-year ca­reer, he re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards rec­og­niz­ing him as a pil­lar in the in­dus­try and ‘one of a kind’ to clients and col­leagues.

In­spired by faith and ser­vice, Rus­sel be­came a found­ing mem­ber of Martin de Por­res in 1971 and con­tin­ued to vol­un­teer to feed the poor for over 40 years. He is re­mem­bered by his laugh­ter and fun-lov­ing na­ture, com­mu­ni­cat­ing this en­thu­si­asm and joy with all he met.

He is sur­vived by his three chil­dren, Stephanie, Al­li­son, and Jef­frey, grand­son Michael, son-in-law Carl, and many beloved nieces and neph­ews on both coasts. A Memo­rial Mass will be held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10th at 12:00 noon at St. Do­minic’s Catholic Church, 2390 Bush St., San Fran­cisco, 94115. In lieu of flow­ers please do­nate to Martin de Por­res House of Hos­pi­tal­ity, 225 Potrero Street, San Fran­cisco, 94103. Visit www. mar­tin­de­por­res.org.

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