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1614 Guilderland Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12306
Phone: 518-346-8424
Fax: 518-346-2852
Richard Russell

Richard F. Russell Sr.

Monday, September 30th, 1935 - Thursday, April 11th, 2019
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Richard F. Russell Sr.,83, passed peacefully April 11, 2019, in Glenville at his daughter’s home.

Born and educated in Schenectady, Richard was the son of the late Thomas and Dorothy Mae (Fichtner) Russell and a 1953 graduate of Mont Pleasant High School.

A United States Army veteran, Richard was the former owner of Mattice’s Service Station in Schenectady for more than 47 years prior to his retirement in 2001. He was a life member of the American Legion Post #1005 and a former active member of the Rotterdam United Methodist Church, the IOOF #717 and the Rotterdam Sunrise Rotary.

He enjoyed camping and fishing at Rollins Pond with his family, traveling to Maine with his wife, having a cup of coffee at Stewart's and hanging out at Mattice's, where he made many friends, chatting with the boys and customers. A lifelong hard worker, he liked to stay busy, and was always quick to help out family. He also loved his cat, DeeDee.

Predeceased in 2018 by his beloved wife of 59 years, Barbara (Stewart) Russell, he was also predeceased by his brother, Thomas Russell Jr. Richard is survived by his children, Richard F. Russell Jr. (Susanne) of Amsterdam, Sherri Lynn Tusang (George) of Glenville and Laura Ann Rabideau (Michael) of Glenville; seven grandchildren, Meghan Cady (Octavia), Deanna Russell and Richard Russell III, Derrick and Brittany Tusang and Courtney and Mason Rabideau; one great-granddaughter, Apollonia Cady; and special family friends Dan and Brenda Evans and their sons, Christopher and Chase.

Funeral services for Richard will be held on Tuesday afternoon, April 16, at noon at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway & Guilderland Ave., Schenectady, N.Y. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday evening, April 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Interment will be in Memory’s Garden in Colonie, N.Y.

Contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to the Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave., Scotia, NY 12302.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 15th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, April 15th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Bond Funeral Home
    Address
    1614 Guilderland Avenue
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12306
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Bond Funeral Home
    Address
    1614 Guilderland Avenue
    SCHENECTADY, NY 12306
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    Officiant
    Pastor Dwight Moore
  • Interment

    Location
    Memorys Garden
    Address
    Watervliet Shakeer Road
    Colonie, NY
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Robert Nelson

Posted at 12:17pm
Rick, Suzanne and family,
Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. We enjoyed seeing Rick Sr. at Mattice's service station for many years, and also at many of the reenactments around the state. He was a fine gentleman and will be missed.

Robert & Lynn Nelson
MC

Michael J. Colamarino

Posted at 11:21am
My heartfelt condolences goes out to Rich Jr and the entire Russell family at this sad time. Many memories from the shop and outside of the shop. The man would give you the shirt off his back. I never met anyone that worked so hard and so many hours.
EA

Elaine Allen

Posted at 04:43pm
Dear Rick, Suzanne and family,
I am so sorry I won't be able to attend this evening but wanted you to know how sorry I am to learn about Richard.
Buzz and Terri also send condolences.
We fondly recall the times we had together in our cardiac rehab group.
Richard along with Buzz, Pat and Jack, provided me with the best start to a work day.
We were fortunate to extend our time into social gatherings, and believe me there were many hours of good laughter, and food!
Those special times are the memories I shall cherish , and am so thankful to them for being a part in my life.
NT

nancy tyler

Posted at 02:50pm
Rick, Suzanne & Family,
We won't be able to be at the visitation but wanted you to know how sorry we are for your loss.
Richard and Barbara were so friendly and we remember them coming to church on Sundays with both of you and the parties at your home with them there and what a great time we all had together. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
With sympathy, Nancy & Roger Tyler
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Walter Bullis

Posted at 01:13pm
You couldn't help but smile (and wish you also had a cup of Stewart's coffee in your hand) when Rick came into Mattice's while you were there! He had a way of brightening your day with his easy going and friendly demeanor! Our sincere condolences to his family with prayers that the Holy Spirit will surround them with peace and comfort them with God's love.

Walter & Gail Bullis
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