He was the beloved husband of Sandra (Keefe) Stockwell with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage earlier this year.
Born in Worcester on May 9, 1936, he was the son of the late Arthur and Helen (Goodacre) Stockwell. Russell graduated from Auburn High School in 1954 and Worcester State College in 1960. After teaching math for two years at Burncoat Junior High School in Worcester, he joined State Mutual Life Assurance Co. He worked as a program engineer for the former Foxboro Company from 1966 to 1987, and continued there as a consultant after retiring.
Russell and Sandra began their family of five sons – Scott, Todd, Mark, Kyle and Jason – in Worcester, moved to Long Island, N.Y., Plainville and North Attleboro before returning to Plainville to settle down in 1973, living on Taunton Street for 27 years. In 2000, Russell built his retirement home in Orleans on the same lot where he spent his boyhood summers.
Love for family was the center of Russell’s life. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren at the beach and family functions. He also enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage, taking in a round of golf with his sons and grandsons, and treating his grandchildren to ice cream. While he and Sandra traveled internationally and around the United States during retirement, they also loved visiting their children and grandchildren in New England – and never missed attending their grandchildren’s many activities and special events.
Russell also made service to the community a priority. He volunteered as a Cub Scout pack leader in North Attleboro and Plainville when his sons were young. He was also a member of the Plainville Lions Club, serving a term as president, and was treasurer at the Plainville Methodist Church for several years. He remained an active volunteer in retirement with “Charlie’s Angels” for Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod and acting as assistant treasurer at the Federated Church of Orleans, which he also attended.
When he wasn’t with family or helping others, Russell could be found making friends with all he met, including those in one of the groups – the Orleans Men’s Coffee Club, the Retired Men’s Club of Cape Cod and the Wednesday Night Cribbage Club in Dennis – to which he belonged.
In addition to Sandra, Russell is survived by his sons, Scott, and his partner Shannon, of Waterbury, Vt.; Todd of Chesterfield, N.H.; Mark, and his wife Ann, of North Attleboro; Kyle of Readfield, Maine; and Jason, and his wife Kelly, of Charlotte, Vt.
He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren: Amanda Culbertson, and her husband Dan; Shane Stockwell, and his wife Jessica; Kathryn, Christopher, Blake, Tyler, Connor, Brady, Zachary, Rebecca and Hadley Stockwell. He was a great-grandfather to Grace, Zoe and Emma Culbertson, and Aria and Maverick Stockwell.
He is survived by a brother-in-law, Douglas Keefe, sister-in-law Linda Keefe, and several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his brother Arthur Stockwell, sister Jean (Stockwell) Heebner and beloved niece Nancy (Heebner) Congdon.
A celebration of his life will be held Monday, Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Federated Church of Orleans, 162 Main Street, East Orleans, Mass. A private burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, Chatham Build 2016. The mailing address is 411 Main St. (Route 6A), Suite 6, Yarmouthport, MA 02675.
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