By Sean Delaney
October 21st was a beautiful fall afternoon at Emery’s Louise Russo Park, where family and friends gathered to honour a man deeply cherished. The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation unveiled two benches dedicated to the memory of Sam Russo, a man whose life and legacy left an indelible mark on the community. Sam, a beloved husband to Louise Russo, will forever be remembered not only as a pillar for his family but also for his invaluable contributions to the City through his strong advocacy and charity work against violence.
In a heartfelt gesture, his colleagues from Parks and Recreation funded planting a tree in his honor. Nestled close to its roots is a plaque, a permanent reminder of a man whose life touched so many.
The dedication ceremony was a perfect blend of remembrance and honour. In a heartwarming show of support and recognition, Louise’s long-time friend former Mayor John Tory, Ward 7 Councillor Anthony Perruzza, and HR-BC MPP Tom Rakocevic showed their love and support for Louise and her family.
The ceremony was filled with spiritual grace as Father Carparelli, who traveled from Italy, led the gathering in a special prayer and dedication.
As Louise spoke, the air was thick with emotion, her son Stephen and daughters Jenna and Krista by her side.
Louise Russo Park, named after Sam’s cherished wife, now bears memories of a loving husband, doting father, colleague, and invaluable community member. Here, visitors will find solace on the benches, draw strength from the tree, and be reminded of the imperishable spirit of Sam Russo.
The community came together not to mourn the setting of a brilliant sun but to celebrate its radiant journey across the sky to the heavens. Sam Russo’s legacy will continue to inspire, and his memory will forever be etched in the heart of the City of Toronto.