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Obituraries Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 28, 2006

Farrand J. Russell

NEW SCOTLAND – Farrand J. Russell – an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer, and "all-around nice guy," as his wife put it – died at his home on Monday, Dec. 25, 2006. He was 86.

Mr. Russell was born in Long Lake, N.Y. on Jan. 19, 1920 to the late Izetta and Arthur Russell. He was the oldest of nine children, and became the man of the house two weeks after his 16th birthday, when his father died. Mr. Russell helped to support his family until he was 26.

"I met him when I was 16 years old," said his wife, Marie Brusig Russell. The two met on a double date in 1939, but Mrs. Russell says they did not start "going steady" until she was 18.

Mr. Russell joined the United States Air Force in 1942, and worked on B-29’s as a mechanic, electrician, and armorer, Mrs. Russell said.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell were married in December, 1943.
"We had a very happy marriage," his wife said. "My whole life is a happy memory with him."

Mr. Russell worked for many years as a master electrician for the General Electric Knolls Atomic Power Lab, and retired in the late 1970s.

"Fishing was his top sport," Mrs. Russell said; her husband fished all the local creeks.

Mr. Russell attended the Methodist Church in Voorheesville, where he sang in the choir; he loved music.

He and his wife have lived on Indian Ladder Farms in New Scotland for 52 years, Mrs. Russell said.

"He was a very gentle person," she said of her husband of 63 years.

He was a person who, if he couldn’t say anything good about someone, would say nothing at all, Mrs. Russell said.

"He didn’t judge people. He would always say, ‘You have to walk in their shoes,’" she said.

"His kindness impressed me the most," she said.


Mr. Russell is survived by his wife, Marie, of Voorheesville; his daughter, Maria Piccione, and her husband, Ronald, of Burbank, Calif.; his son, Farrand Russell II, and his wife, Maria, of Duanesburg; his grandchildren: Courtney, Erich, Kaitlyn, and Kelsey Russell; Jennifer and Amy Lent; and Christopher Piccione.

He is also survived by his great-grandchildren: Matthew, Alexandria, and Kaitlyn Rogers.

He is also survived by his sisters: Edith Russell, Shirley Todd, Beverly Stenglein, and Thelma Barros. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Adolf Brusig, and his wife, Joyce, and many nieces and nephews.

His brothers, Arthur and Eldridge Russell, and his sisters, Lynette Russell and Evelyn Jenness, died before him.

Calling hours will be held today (Thursday) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Reilly & Son Funeral Home, 9 Voorheesville Ave., in Voorheesville and on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Long Lake, N.Y. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Wesleyan Church. Burial will follow at the Long Lake Cemetery with a military honor guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Memorial Hospital Heart Program, 600 Northern Blvd., Albany, N.Y. 12204.

— Rachel Dutil

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