Jan. 3, 1929 – Feb. 11, 2014
Keith Russell died peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Tues., Feb. 11, 2014 following a brief illness.
He was born in Carp, on Jan. 3, 1929, and the family later moved to Russell, where he spent his early years. There he met and married Lois Smith, together raising two children, Doug and Donna. After Lois’ passing, Keith moved to Morrisburg with Norma, where he enjoyed the benefits of a broad circle of friends and family. While his professional career was spent with the Hudson Bay Company and Becker’s stores, Keith’s passions were sports and music.
As a young man he was a well-known fastball pitcher, a curler, and a sports coach. As a member of the Russ Hay Orchestra, and later the Don Morrell Orchestra, Keith loved playing piano, and the company of his bandmates. Sports remained an interest for Keith his whole life, and he could often be found at the baseball diamond or the arena, cheering on the kids, and he enjoyed a good conversation about last night’s game whether it was hockey, football, baseball, or curling.
Keith will be sadly missed by his wife, Norma, children and stepchildren: Doug, Donna (Wayne), Wayne (Vicki), Dale (Nancy), Faye (Garth); grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Brent, Lee Ann, Noah, and Jenner, as well as Jennifer (Mark) and Ben.
A celebration of Keith’s life is in the planning and will be announced at a later date.