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Russell "Pappa" Iodice - 12-17-20 (CT)


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Tow Funeral Parade for Russell "Pappa" Iodice


2020-12-28@10am-- #Fairfield CT-- Tow trucks from around the state gathered for a funeral procession for Russell Iodice who recently passed from Covid.


Russ was an operator of Mickey's Towing Auto Body and Iodice Family Transport for over 70 years.


Russell lost his son Corey after being struck by a vehicle in the line of duty on the Merritt Parkway last April.




Russell Iodice, 81 of Fairfield, the beloved husband of the late Patricia (Tupy) Iodice, died of Covid-19 on Thursday, December 17, 2020. He was born in New Haven to the late Michael "Mickey" and Julia (Nagy) Iodice and was a lifelong area resident.

Russ realized his childhood dreams in 1957 when his father bought him his first tow truck. He taught himself how use it and enjoyed showing it off and sharing his knowledge to the local townspeople. In the late 70's, Russ was one of the first tow operators in Fairfield County to invest in air cushions for rescue and recovery purposes. He then conducted airbag training classes with local fire departments. In the 80's, Russ worked closely with the Fairfield County Chapter of MADD.

Russ' career spanned more than 70 years as owner and operator of Mickey's Auto Body, Mickey's of Fairfield and Iodice Family Transport. He developed a reputation of being one of the best heavy duty recovery specialists in Connecticut. He received many accolades for his work and willingness to help anyone in need.
Russ was one of the original founders, former President, Vice President and Board Member of the Towing and Recovery Professionals of Connecticut (TRPC). In 1991, Russ and his sons, Corey and Chris were honored by the Town of Fairfield with the Civilian Service Medal and Towman Commendation after saving the life of a motorist who became trapped under a tractor trailer on I95. Russ was instrumental in building the foundation of the towing industry in the state of Connecticut. In 1995, Russ achieved the highest honor in the towing industry when he was inducted into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame for his groundbreaking work. He also received a distinguished service plaque for his contributions to the Special Olympics World Games.

Russ was a Connecticut State Representative for the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA). He was recognized as Towman of the Year and a lifetime member of Friends of Towing. One of his greatest achievements was being able to share his knowledge and work side-by-side with his sons, Corey and Chris, who have proudly carried on the family work ethic. Sadly, Corey was tragically killed in the line of duty this past April.

Russ' family affectionately called him Papa and they will always remember him for being loving, caring, funny and big-hearted. He is survived by his loving children, Robin, Cynthia (Connie), Keith, Christopher (Kristin) and Patricia; his brother, Michael; and grandchildren, Katie, Roger, Jayme, Maddy and great-granddaughter, Lizzy. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia and sons, Corey and Brian.

Memorial donations can be made to: The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum at: 3315 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37408 or https://internationaltowingmuseum.org/donate.











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