William "Bill" James Russell

March 1, 1939 to January 18, 2018


After a lengthy illness, William “Bill” Russell completed his life journey on January 18, 2018.  Surviving to celebrate his life and cherish their memories are wife Ruby (Nee Roberts), sons Darren and his wife Madonna, Glenn, his wife Regina and their son Tim Caudle,; brother Arthur and his wife Mary, Prince George, BC; sister Ann and her husband Sim Miller, Grand Bank, sister- and brother-in law Shirley and Roy Woolridge, Mount Pearl, sister-in-law Patricia Russell, Deer Lake, Nieces, nephews, and friends, especially Lorraine Price and her family.  As per Bill’s wishes there will be no funeral service.  Visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road from 2-9 on Saturday, January 20th.  Private inurnment at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial donations to Radio Station VOWR would be appreciated. To send a message of condolence or sign the memorial guest book, please visit www.carnells.com.






2-9 p.m. on January 20, 2018

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329 Freshwater Road
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Ruby and Family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. I will miss seeing that twinkle in his eye as he is about to tell me a joke that will likely make me blush and the kindness he has always shown me. Bill was a rock for my Dad on more than one occasion and for that I will always be grateful to both Bill and yourself. Deepest condolences. Bill will be missed. I hope to see you the next time I am at Dad and Jean’s for a visit.

Our deepest sympathy to all the family

We were very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

ruby & family
anita & I extend our deepest sympathy to you & family
on bills passing. we remember a man of great wit &
storyteller who we will miss dearly& treasuer the memories forever. god bless.

Ruby & Family
So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. Many a joke and laugh I enjoyed with Bill and this spoke volumes of his true character. He was a long time faithful member of the Wesley Male Choir where his presence and sense of humor will be missed. All the best to you all in the coming days.
Jane and Wayne (Hancock)

Darren and Madonna: So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing.

Ruby, Darren, Glenn and family, my sincere condolences to you on the passing of Bill. May God sustain you in the days and months ahead. I will miss Bill’s sense of humor and his smile. Bill & Doug were great buddies and now they are reunited in Heaven.

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a great family friend and lifelong friend of my Dads. I will always remember his smiles and he always asked me how I was doing with my family. You surely will be missed. Rest in peace Mr.Russell.

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our sincere Sympathy to you Ruby and your family. Wilson and Daphne Day

With deepest sympathies to Ruby , his family , and all that knew Bill .
I will remember Bill as my father’s best friend , a lifelong friend.
Bill always had a smile and always took some time to talk with me . Bill is a kind man and very giving of his time to the community . Rest In Peace Bill , you may be gone but I will never forget you.

To Ruby, Darren, Glenn and the family,
Thinking of you. Bill is fondly remembered for his extraordinary humor and good nature, while always bringing a smile, leaving wonderful memories.
In the midst of suffering peace comes at last.
Doug and Olive

Ruby and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember Bill very fondly and will be thinking about you and your family in the days ahead. I always looked forward to our chats and his handsome smile when he visited the clinic. He always had a great sense of humour and will always hold a special place in my heart. God bless.

Ruby and family: Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. We knew Bill many years ago through Wesley Young Peoples.
Toby and Ivy Saint

Dear Ruby,
Marge joins me in sending sincere sympathy to you and your family. Bill and I were friends and curled together on the same team at the St. John’s Curling Club for many years. Every Sunday night in the Commercial Curling League.
I have lost a friend.
Thinking of you as you mourn for him and celebrate his life.
Rex Gibbons

It is with great difficulty that I write a condolence about my best friend since we were five years old and a friendship that did not cease until Thursday ,January 18 2018. Our usual phone calls and visits or lunch get together some times daily would bring us abreast with the latest news and sometimes with disagreements on both sides but always looked for our next call to get together. , no matter if we were apart, he in St. John,s and me in Florida..
Bill and I were always concerned about health , but his health was much more severe than mine,even though he was very concerned when I was having problems.
Bill was very helpful when June and Scott passed arranging with Wesley Church for plots and burials.
We complimented and disagreed with each other sometimes but were always very close fiends.
Bill ,with a tear in my eyes ,I will miss you greatly, but will continue with our great friendship forever.You have left your family in good hands and I know they will cherish all the memories .Good Bye.
Doug Manstan and Jean Holloway

Mrs. Russell, Glenn and Darren:

So sorry for your loss. We will remember Mr. Russell very fondly, and mostly for the welcome he always had for us, and the deep pride he always displayed for his family. The many childhood hours spent in the Russell home and back yard on Larkhall Street are deeply treasured. We’ll be thinking of you and your families in the coming days.

Ruby and family, So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I really enjoyed him at Cardiac Rehab. He always had a great sense of humor. May the wonderful memories you have of him help at this difficult time.


Dear Ruby,
We are saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. We extend our condolences to you and your family.
Yours sincerely,
Roberta and Lloyd Gill

Ruby, Darren & Glenn. Deeply saddened on Bill’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you at this time. Bob & Bill went to Curtis Academy together and after that carried on being friends and was part of our wedding. We have many fond memories and he will be greatly missed. As you know we are currently in Arizona but our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Ruby and family;
So sorry to hear oF Bill’s passing. He is now free from all pain and suffering. Thinking of you at this time. Cherish the memories you have.

Ruby and family. So sorry to hear of Bills passing . Thinking of you all .no more porkcake delivery for me.❤️

Sorry to hear of bills passing. Ruby , you took good care of him. Take care of yourself.

Lewis and Dorothy Clarke

Saddened to hear of Bill’s death . I have many happy memories of him from our school days at Curtis Academy and of our class reunions in recent years . Sincerly Joan Randell (nee Morgan )

Ruby and family sincere sympathy as we remember Bill from Curtis Academy days, Baird sub, neighbours and recent condo friends. Always enjoyed his chats and stories.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time

Bill was one of the founding members of Wesley Male Choir, and an enthusiastic member since then. Unfortunately ill health curtailed his activities in later years, but rest assured he kept informed as to what was happening. Bill all the guys in the choir will miss you, and our prayers and thoughts are with Ruby and your family.
We look forward to joining up with you in “God’s Great Choir.”.
Mildred and Gord

Ruby and Family
Please accept our sincere condolences on Bill’s passing. We go back a long way and throughout the years formed a great relationship and made many memories. Despite his failing health in later years Bill was always ready for a discussion on topics of interest and concern we shared. It is our wish that the happy memories you built as a family will bring you comfort at this time.

Dear Bill,we will miss you!Bill certainly will be missed around Windermere!! He was a very intelligent,meticulous man who was willing to help anyone.If he did something,he did it with pride!When Bill was well,he put his heart & soul into Windermere & sometimes when he wasn’t so well. He helped with renovations,organizing storage,served on the board & whatever else came up. He was also a wonderful host always welcoming people at his door!If a few of us got together for a social,Bill loved to be in our midst! I can hear him say”Now bys we got to get together soon!” He always had some good jokes & stories to tell & we sure enjoyed them! He always had a big smile when we’d meet,wanting to know what was happening. Bless his heart,Bill put up a brave & steadfast battle to live,but knew when it was time to move on! Thanks Bill for the privilege of knowing you! Many thanks for the memories that won’t be forgotten! Our sincerest condolences to Ruby & family!!! Angie B.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Bill’s family. Bill was always such a friendly, wonderful man with a great sense of humour. We hold fond memories of sharing his company.
Laurie Grandy, Derek, Alice and Simon Shea

Ruby and Family, so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing,. Please accept my sincere condolences at this very difficult time. He is now at rest with no more suffering.

Rose Somers

I am down in Florida for the winter and read the Telegram Obituaries every day.So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing.We may not have a kept in touch over the years but he still holds a special place in my heart from when I stayed with his Mom and Dad back in 1959.He gave up his bedroom for me!!,Wonderful memories and that is what will get you through this. He will always live in your hearts.Sincere Sympathy and Big Hugs.

To Ruby & Family: Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing we remember him as a soft spoken yet witty man with a great smile & kind heart. Take comfort in knowing he is at rest & no more suffering. You are all in our thoughts & prayers at this sad time. Winston & Viola Hoddinott & Alfreda Cluett.

Ruby and Family
Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing our thoughts and
prayers are with you and family
The Wesley Male Choir lost a dedicated member
and a true friend God Bless
Bill and Olga Brake
and The Wesley Male Choir

On behalf of the Newfoundland Cardiac Rehabilitation Association, please accept our sincere condolences.
I really got to know Bill when I joined the group about 20 years ago, I loved him sense of humour.
May you rest in peace my friend.

Ruby and family. Please accept my sincere condolences on Bill’s passing. Had a few chats with Bill when I worked at the fire dept in st johns of course mostly about Grand Bank

Gary Douglas
Chilliwack , BC

To the Russell family , many years have passed since my connection to Bill . I go back as a very young lad to his Dad,s meat business in St.John’s . Also too , Bill and I connected in the Archictural World thru my father’s business , many moons ago ! He was such an accomodating person and so kind with a great sense of fun and fairness . I
Know he was a good friend of another recent loss of Doug Colwell in N.B. , also a friend of mine and his family . I join with family and friends in sincere sympathy at this time .

To Ruby and family So sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Max and I saw him our friend Alex’s funeral and could see it took a big effort for him to be there. We know you have wonderful memories. As he was loved so he will be missed. Sincerely, Max and Phyllis Beckett FL

Darren,sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing may the wonderful memories you have of him bring you comfort in the day’s a head.My deepest condolence to you and your family.

Linda Hibbs

Ruby & Family,
Sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Olga & Curtis

Darren & MaDonna , Glenn & Regina , , soooo sorry to hear of your dad, Our prayers & thoughts are with you all in this difficult time , take care & God Bless

Ruby and family:

We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you. May your memories give you peace and comfort. We will all miss him.

Ruby. I am very sorry for your loss. Bill and I started school together at Curtis Academy and remained in contact or the years. I will miss him and I have you and family in my thoughts as you go through this loss.

Dear Ruby, Darren and Glenn and families:

I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. My sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to you all now and in the days and weeks to come. I am sure Dad was there in Heaven to welcome Bill with open arms.

Catherine (Colwell) Coughlan (Doug and Marie Colwell’s daughter)

To the family sorry to hear of Bills passing our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

So sorry to hear of Bill’s Passing. Our Condolences To the Family.

So sorry to hear of Bill’s death. May you and your boys accept our sympathy. We were so fortunate to see him last summer.

Roy and Karlyne

sorry for your loss my heart goes out to his wife
and his family and his friends he will be miss
R . I P