ROUSSO--Irving L., beloved son of Louis E. and Dora Rousso passed on December 11, 2017 in Southampton, New York. He died peacefully of natural causes surrounded by his loving family. Through his love, hard work and generosity he left this world a better place than the one he found. Raised in poverty in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, he later moved to New Lots, Brooklyn where as a teenager he was a stick ball "three sewer hitter." Known to his childhood friends as "Shorty," many remained close to him through his long life. Irving was a brave sailor in the Battle of the Atlantic and subsequent engagements in Europe. In December 1944 he survived the German V2 bombing of the Rex Theater in Antwerp which left over 560 killed. He was honorably discharged shortly after. Irving was a magnanimous philanthropist supporting numerous Jewish and social service causes. He was the founder and President of The Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst, Long Island. He was also a founder of The Sephardic Home for the Aged in Brooklyn. He raised large sums for the State of Israel in its greatest times of need. With his brother Eli, Irving was a founding partner and driving force behind Russ Togs, Inc., a national sportswear manufacturer. Irving's mother Dora described her son as having a fire in his belly. It was that fire along with his partner's commitment that drove the extraordinary success of Russ. He was proud of his dedicated colleagues at Russ Togs, many of whom went on to build successful businesses of their own. Irving was featured on the HBO documentary "Schmata: From Rags to Riches to Rags". Irving was a complex man. To those that knew him, he was kind and soft. He adored his wife Barbara with whom he enjoyed a loving marriage of over 40 years. Together they enjoyed skiing, travel and the love of close friends. He offered help to friends before they would ask. He was an avid reader and was a knowledgeable student of history. Irving is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons Louis, Ira, and David; daughters-in-law June and Gabrielle; grandchildren, Louis (Lyndsay), Kathryn (Corey), John, Leann (Jeremy), Ian, Justin, Lauren, and Carly and great-grandchildren Preston and Isabel.
... Show More