The team at Malarkey Roofing Products is mourning the loss of National Commercial Sales Manager Joe Russo. His tenure with Malarkey started in the sales division in 2007, but his career in roofing started long before that, according to an announcement from the company about his death. Russo worked on roofs, first as a shingler, then hot crew, foreman, superintendent, estimator, consultant, technical manager, and eventually became a sales manager.
“All of his experiences knit together to apply to any given circumstance in a roofing conversation,” the statement read.
Beyond rooftops, Russo was an avid traveler who visited all seven continents. That included a 2015 trip to Antarctica with wife, Jackie. At that time, he had already been diagnosed with brain cancer and was in the midst of treatment. Russo also continued his work passionately on key projects with Malarkey while fighting the disease and maintained his unique brand of humor with friends and colleagues.
His battle became an inspiration to others in the company.
“He fought through every turn as the disease spread,” the statement read. “We will miss our friend but remember his courage and appreciate his joy for life."