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Russell Carfagno obituary – Stuart, FL (1925-2016)

Russell Carfagno of Stuart, FL Russell (Bunny) Carfagno, a professional musician and teacher, passed away on March 2, 2016 in Stuart, Florida. Russell was born on November 12, 1925 in Norristown PA to Charles and Emma Carfagno (née Perpetua). He graduated from Norristown High School in 1941. He subsequently served in the United States Navy in World War II, most notably on the USS Missouri at the surrender of Japan in September 1945. He also played at several presidential inaugural balls. He was a long-time resident of Annapolis, MD, and received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Towson State University. He taught music for many years in Maryland public schools and at the US Naval Academy. After ending his teaching career, Russell and his wife Marjorie moved to Stuart, Florida. In Florida, he played music across the state, including at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater, the Ron Davisson Big Band and the Bob Hoose Orchestra. He also composed and arranged music and can be heard in several film scores. Russell was a member of Norristown’s Verdi Band and Lodge of Antonio Meucci. He is survived by his longtime companion, Donna Lawson, his sister Rachel (Bernard) DeFusco and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by wife Marjorie and brothers Albert, Richard and Charles Jr. and his sister Dolores (Charles) Cognato. A celebration of Russell’s life was held on Tuesday, March 9, in Stuart, Florida.