John J. Russell

John J. Russell, 90, resident of Milford, NH, died on June 20, 2017 at his home.

He was born in Norfolk, VA on December 18, 1926, a son of John J. and Florence M. (Giles) Russell. He attended a one room school house by horse and buggy on the Mohawk Trail in Charlemont, MA, earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his master’s degree from Harvard University.

Mr. Russell had been employed by General Electric for more than 35 years as a financial auditor. His career afforded him the opportunity to travel to many international destinations, such as Hong Kong, Italy, Brazil and Mexico City.

He loved New England, and chose to make this region his lifelong home, except for a brief time in New York State. At times he did choose to winter in warmer climates, and for this his children were happy as they all went to visit. For the last ten years he made his home at Ledgewood Bay. While living there he served on the Residence Committee, and participated in the Gourmet Club where members had the chance to prepare special meals for the group. John was a card player, always looking for a game of bridge or cribbage, and if he could make a penny from you he was content. He and his wife Beverlee loved to travel after his retirement, visiting vineyards in France and attending operas in Vienna. Classical music brought many hours of enjoyment to both of them.

Mr. Russell was a U.S. Navy Sea Bee veteran having served on Guam in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He was predeceased by his wife, Beverlee (Wilhelm) Russell and sister Charlotte Clark.

Family members include four children, Jennifer and Hebert “Bud” Stone of Temple Terrace, FL, Kathryn and Francis Bradbury of Orrington, ME, Jeffrey A. and Nancy Russell of San Antonio, FL, Chris and Margaret Russell of Atlanta, GA; four step children, Joseph Fowler of FL, George and Carol Fowler of NY, James and Robin Fowler of MI, Jennifer and Dave Robinson of GA, grandchildren, Clifford Russell, Michael Fowler, Adam Fowler, Erin Fowler, Bailey Russell, Jack Russell, Andrew and Eric Stone; great grandchildren, Jayda Russell, James Stone, Ansley, Satcher and Gabriel Stone’ many nieces and nephews.

There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held on August 5th at 10:00am in the Church of Our Saviour, 10 Amherst Street, Milford, NH. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to