Richard Gerald Russell, 84, of Amherst, New Hampshire, passed away peacefully on Friday October 15, 2021 at All American Assisted Living in Londonderry, New Hampshire, surrounded by his family.
Richard was born October 14, 1937 in Rochester, NY, the son of the late William and Geraldine Austin Russell. He met his wife, Linda, at Onondaga Hill High School, Onondaga, NY and graduated in 1955. Richard and Linda resided in New York, Arizona, Ohio and New Hampshire in pursuit of his career.
Richard graduated from Syracuse University, Syracuse NY. He was a lifelong learner and was a highly respected RF Mechanical Electrical Engineer at MITER Corporation, Bedford, MA for over 20 years, earning him recognition for his work which positively impacted the community. the lives of many American servicemen and women. He retired from MITER in 2010.
Richard has been an active member of the Lions Club and Lions Club International for over 30 years in Amherst and Merrimack. He has served as zone president, president and secretary. He was dedicated to humanitarian causes and efforts to improve the local community. His favorite projects were the supervision and construction of the Kids Kove playground in Merrimack, the annual Lions Club children’s fishing tournament at the Merrimack Winter Carnival and the annual pancake breakfasts at Wilkins School in Amherst. . As a thank you for his many years of service to the organization, he was named Melvin Jones Fellow in 2012. The fellowship honors the founder of Lions Club International and is the highest form of recognition conferred by the foundation.
He was a dedicated father and grandfather who was heavily involved with the Boy Scouts, coached baseball and basketball teams, as well as supported multiple educational, athletic and musical events for his children and grandchildren. Education was of the utmost importance to him; it has helped many students to continue their education by providing them with funds and school education. Richard was passionate about carpentry and brewing. He enjoyed baseball, football, fishing and photography.
He was an active member of St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Amherst NH.
Everyone who knew him was touched by his kindness and open-mindedness. He will all be missed by his family and friends. We hope Richard will be remembered for his love of God, his country, his family and for always showing us that with dedication and honest effort you can make the dreams of your life come true.
Richard was predeceased by his beloved wife of over 58 years, Linda M. (Lakins) Russell who died in 2018, his son-in-law Craig K. Wilson who died in 2021, brothers Paul A. Russell who died in 2003 and Bernard W. Russell died in 2006.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Bernard and Lori Russell of Webster, NY; his daughter Margaret Wilson of Merrimack, NH; four grandchildren; Ian and Marina Russell, Jared Russell, Steven Wilson and Cameron Wilson; two great-granddaughters; Shealynn and Maura Russell; Sister Jane Russell Sapwell; and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the memorial service, which will be celebrated on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 3 Limbo Lane, Amherst NH. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. To share a memory or offer condolences, visit www.smith-heald.com. The family would like to thank the staff at All American in Londonderry for their dedicated care and concern for Richard. In lieu of flowers, please honor it by making donations to your local Lions club. Their mission was a long-standing passion for him.