John W. Russell

John W. Russell, 74, husband of the late Jeannine (Lacroix) Russell, died unexpectedly at his residence on Monday, March 14, 2011.

Mr. Russell was born in Danbury, August 3, 1936, son of Mark W. and Elizabeth (Waterbury) Russell and attended Danbury schools and Henry Abbott Technical School.

Surviving are two sons, Mark A. Russell of Danbury and Kevin B. Russell and his wife, Elaine of Westport; a sister, Lotta Fanning of Danbury; two grandchildren, Jameson and Emilie, as well as several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his beloved wife and parents, Mr. Russell was predeceased by a sister, Nellie Russell.

He was a retired supervisor with Yankee Gas Co.  A thirty-one year employee, he started with CL&P Co. which later became Northeast Utilities and eventually Yankee Gas Co.  Mr. Russell was a Peacetime U.S. Army veteran, last stationed in Germany prior to his honorable discharge. 

He enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing, landscaping and all sorts of wildlife.  In earlier days he enjoyed camping with family and friends, and in more recent years, he loved spending time at his cottage at West Hill Lake in Barkhamsted, CT.  He was known by everyone to be a “jack of all trades” and enjoyed spending time on all types of home projects with family and friends.

Perhaps above all, he enjoyed spending time with many life-long friends in the Danbury area, as well as newer friends in Barkhamsted, and playing with his two young grandchildren, who brought him joy during his last four years.

A member of the King Street United Church of Christ, he was also a member and past chief of the King St. Volunteer Fire Department.

The funeral will take place on Friday morning, March 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM in the King Street United Church of Christ, 201 South King St., Danbury with the Rev. Cindy Maddox, Pastor, officiating.

Burial will follow in the King Street Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury on Thursday from 5 PM to 8PM.

Contributions to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research,, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780 or to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation,, 710 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032 would be appreciated.

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