He could have been a cold-blooded mob boss who used threats of violence to get what he needed — however to his granddaughter he was simply “Poppy.”
Terrifying Colombo household boss Andrew “Mush” Russo was remembered Saturday at his funeral by about 100 mourners in Brooklyn, together with his granddaughter, Annie, who eulogized him as an “at all times loving” household man.
That household man had been free on $10 million bail on a federal racketeering case when he died this week at 87.
He was indicted in September together with 13 others, the crew accused of attempting to infiltrate a Queens labor union through the use of “direct threats of bodily hurt to regulate the administration of the labor union and brought about it to make selections that benefitted the Colombo crime household.”
A cousin of the late Colombo boss Carmine Persico, Russo was mentioned to be reluctant to retire from the “household” enterprise saying on one FBI recording, “I can’t stroll away. I can’t relaxation.”
Russo was launched on residence confinement on Lengthy Island in October due to his unwell well being.
His farewell had lots of the trappings of a mob funeral with an enormous floral tribute outdoors Our Woman of Peace Church in Brooklyn which mentioned “Poppy” and mourners in black fits.
Whereas the feds alleged Russo and his co-defendants had been engaged in “loansharking, cash laundering, fraud, and drug trafficking,” his granddaughter remembered him as a man who visited a neighborhood nail salon final Christmas to purchase present certificates.
“We are able to’t inform you how a lot your grandfather helped us out,” the granddaughter, whose identify couldn’t be confirmed, quoted the employees on the salon as saying.
She additionally remembered how her grandfather beloved to prepare dinner.
“The kitchen appeared like a twister hit when he was executed, however he was at all times so happy with the meals he so lovingly created,” she mentioned.
She additionally appeared to allude to his connection to the underworld by saying her granddad missed the individuals who had been “nonetheless away.”
“He at all times dreamed of the day he would sit across the desk together with his cousins and his pals and take a look at them and know they had been lastly free. Sadly he by no means bought that likelihood,” she mentioned.