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Russell Benigno, 68, presently of Holmdel, New Jersey, formerly of Brooklyn, New York, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at Complete Care in Holmdel, New Jersey on October 24, 2023. He was fondly known to all who loved him as “Russ”. Russ was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 22, 1955, and lived in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. While living in Canarsie, Russ was a integral part of the Benigno/Ingrassia clan who all proudly populated Remsen Ave since 1900. He willingly and lovingly took care of his beloved father, Rosolino “Russ” Benigno, in the final years of his life. Russ will always be remembered as a loving son, father, brother, uncle, great uncle and friend to many. He will be deeply missed, forever loved, and never forgotten.
Russ was predeceased by his his grandparents, Franchi and Mary (Ingrassia) Benigno, his beloved parents, Rosolino "Russ" and Carmella "Millie" (Pasquariello) Benigno, his loving partner, Mario Borghese, his special uncle, Salvatore "Sal" Benigno, along with many other aunts, uncles, and cousins. Russ is survived by his beloved daughter, Danielle Nazario and her husband, Richard, of Margate, Florida, his dear siblings, Maria Morreale and her husband, Alphonse, of Forked River, New Jersey, Frank Benigno and his wife, Christine (Ward), of Staten Island, New York, Francine Del Grosso and her husband, Donald, of Marlboro, New Jersey, Louis Benigno and his wife, Judianne (Fucci), of Ave Maria, Florida, Camille Pavone and her husband, Michael, of Holmdel, New Jersey, his cherished grandchildren, Christian, Angelina, and Kyle Nazario, the mother of his daughter, Janet (Fosse) Benigno of Margate, Florida, his very special aunt Anna Benigno of Brooklyn, New York, his dear nieces and nephews, Edward Morreale, Michael Del Grosso and his wife, Georgene, Vanessa Benigno and Andrew Gualtieri, Bryan Del Grosso and his wife, Kelly, Louis Scott Benigno and his wife, Angel, Steven Benigno, Nicole Gutierrez and her husband, Carlos, Lauryn Benigno, Angela Sansone and her husband, Jeff, Amanda Cassano and her husband, Joseph, Angelica Graziano and her husband, James, Briana Silverman and her husband, Robert, his great nieces and nephews, Gianna Morreale, Michael Del Grosso, Joseph Morreale, Brandon Del Grosso, Nicholas Benigno, Salvatore Benigno, Ryan Benigno, Nicholas Morreale, Cameron Del Grosso, Steven Benigno Jr., Natalia Benigno, Giovanni Gutierrez, Giancarlo Gutierrez, Joseph Cassano, Edward Sansone, Benjamin Cassano, Jack Sansone, Teagan Rose Graziano and James Michael Graziano, along with a host of extended family and many friends.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Sunday, October 29, 2023, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM and on Monday, October 30, 2023, from 8:30 to 9:15 AM at Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 3269 State Highway/Route 35 North, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 30, 2023, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 165 Bethany Road, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733. In respect of Russ’s wishes, he will be privately cremated. Memorial contributions in memory of Russ can be made to Best Friends Save them All @ https://bestfriends.org/donate and would be greatly appreciated. For information, directions or to send condolences to the family please visit, www.shorepointfh.com (https://www.shorepointfh.com) .
A Letter From Heaven
To my dearest family, some things Id like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I’m writing this from heaven.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there’s no more tears of sadness;
Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I am out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you.
Its good to have you back again,
You were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family,
They’ll be here later on.
I need you here so badly, you are part of my plan.
There is so much that we can do, to help our mortal man”.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you….in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you , you wouldn’t understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I’m closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and Id like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who is in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night….My day was not in vain.
And now I am contented… that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick them up, as on your way you go.
When you’re walking down the street and you’ve got me on your mind;
I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when its time for you to go…from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going…you’re coming here to me.
Author - Ruth Ann Mahaffey