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A loss for ‘old Portsmouth’


PORTSMOUTH – City Attorney Robert Sullivan described John C. Russo – who died earlier this month at 87 – as “the very personification of old Portsmouth.”

“He was a local guy who knew everybody, knew everything and was keenly interested in the city, the people in the city and the government in the city,” Sullivan said this week about Russo, whoowned and operated John’s Barber Shop on Daniel Street.

Sullivan noted that Russo also served about 40 years in the Portsmouth Police Auxiliary Force and later was elected and served as a city Police Commission member from 2006 to 2013.

John’s Barber Shop was a frequent gathering place for people who needed a haircut, loved talking politics or wanted to find out what was going on in the city, Sullivan said.

Obituary:John Russo, 1934-2021

“His barber shop was an extremely friendly place to visit. The conversation about local matters was non-stop,” Sullivan said. “He knew everybody, he knew all…

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