Robert (Bob) Russell

October 27, 1943 to March 22, 2022


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It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing at home of Bob Russell. He leaves to mourn his cherished wife Pat (nee Murcell) of 54 years, son Dr. Robert Russell (grandchildren Nathan Russell, Hailey Russell, and Abby Russell, and great grandchildren Maxwell and Felix, who all brought great joy to Poppy’s life), daughter Susan Russell (Doug Gray), sisters Donna (Leigh) DesRoches and Betty Davis, and brothers Howard (Jeannette) Russell, and Wilson Russell, his cousin Gerry (Cynthia) Russell. He was a beloved brother-in law to Joe and Jean Murcell, Eileen Murcell (Keith Garland), and Joy and Simon Avis. He was a special uncle to Chris and David DesRoches, Justin, Matthew and Jillian Avis, Denise Murcell-Francis, Michael Murcell, Glen and Alan Russell, Keith Russell, and Nancy Russell-Corbett.

Predeceased by his parents, David and Dorothy Russell, Pat’s parents, Charles and Annie Murcell, and brother-in-law Gordon Davis.

Bob served as a proud member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police beginning in 1963. He worked in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Ottawa, retiring in 1994 as a Staff Sergeant in the division of special services of the RCMP. In his early career, he was an avid athlete, playing hockey and softball. He later discovered golf, which became his number one passion. Bob loved the links, and despite his many physical challenges, he could hit balls so far, he claimed they served meals on the flight. In his later years, he played the Pippy Park golf course every opportunity he had with family and many friends. Nobody told a joke or a story better than Bob, and he relished time with family, singing songs and raising a glass.

Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home on Freshwater Road. Visitation on Thursday, March 31, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Carnell’s chapel on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Inurnment private. Flowers or donations to the charity of your choice in Bob’s memory gratefully accepted.



2-4 p.m. on March 31, 2022

7-9 p.m. on March 31, 2022

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2:00pm, Friday April 1st

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A dear friend has passed and I will remember him always. My family and I spent many xmas eve,s at his home with him and his family. As we did on many other occasions. My heart goes out to Pat, Susan, Robbie and all the family. May he rest in peace.

I took time to read the condolences and am a bit late with mine.. that said,,, Bob was always a welcome site to us when he arrived at our Detachments to assist us break a case and interview…..his dedication to the job at hand was evident and the humor and stories afterwards were even better……… my condolences to his family…

Bob was one of my best friends when going to school at the Amalgamated School. Ever protective, he got himself in trouble with the Principal, Mr. Chalk, one day. It was the most unfair punishment ever. Neither Bob nor I ever forgot.
To all of the Russell family, I am so saddened by your loss. It was so comforting to know that he was “Out there” if I needed protection., wherever life took us! So gallant! He loved you all, but Donna could do no wrong, ever. Bob was a true blessing to humankind. You will will miss him terribly, and I am so very sorry. Love to all of you. Patsy.

To Bob’s Family . We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We were fortunate to have known him, meeting him through Susan and Doug when Pat and Bob visited in Chicago. We shared many a laugh with him. It was an honor for Rockin Rick to have raised a glass or two with him. Whenever the Christmas Mt Boys were in the Wisconsin Dells we had to call and report on what Newfoundland songs we were playing with him in mind RIP Bob.

Dear Pat and Family,Donna ,Betty .Gerry and Families
I just finished watching the funeral service for Bob..It was a beautiful ,uplifting and sad at the same time. Susan’s eulogy of him certainly brought his dry wit and personality forward in the many memories .We had of Bob..I could see him having that special glass of the best sitting with his dad ( Uncle Dave ):and watching the proceedings and saying “ Well done “
May God Bless you all in your time of grief..He will live on in your memories and hearts .Love .Cousin Judy and Bill Wheeler.

To the family of Bob Russell. I met Bob through knowing Sue and Doug. It was one of the meetings in your life you treasure. I found the man to be humorous, engaging. and likeable. We hit it off and he will be missed by many, including me.

To the family of Bob Russell. I am so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. I met Bob in 1975. I did an undercover operation for Truro Drug Section. He and I became great friends and I still stories about him. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Michael & Barbara Gregory
Tatamagouche, NS

Pat and Family, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Bob. I first met him in 1981 when I attended the CPC Polygraph school, we interacted on numerous occasions at the school and when he attended Edmonton.. He was always a pleasure to deal with and always up to tell or hear a good joke. Thank you for your hospitality when I visited you folks at your home in Ottawa. Bob: Rest in Peace and keep everyone up there busy and entertained. With sincere regards, John ZUBKOWSKI.

Dear Russell Family, This condolence has a . bit of history We met Patricia Bob and their son Robbie when they lived on Auburn Court in Westphal ,NS
We lived down the street Paul and Patricia Mount .Paul had a Army Jeep a old one and Bob really liked the Jeep , we still have it. He would come down and he and Paul would go back in the woods with it .One day there was a lot of snow and Bob needed to get to the Number 7 highway to catch a drive for work , Bob said Paul take to the highway so I can get a drive .Paul said no problem so off they when ..Robbie had come to the house a couple of time for the birthday of our oldest girl Stephanie.
We always really like Bob , he was a great person ,lost touch over he years but often wondered where the family was.
We are very sad when we saw his passing.
Our heartfelt sympathy to the family God Bless you in this time of sorry. Patricia and Paul Mount

Dear Donna, Leigh and Family,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Bob will be forever remembered by all who had the pleasure to work with him, share a coffee table in the RCMP cafeteria or the Mess. and on the golf course. His great sense of humour and friendly personality made him a joy to be around. May your many treasured memories keep him close in your hearts always. God Bless
Diane Butler

Pat and the Russell Family. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We have lots of memories from years of friendship and working together until he joined the RCMP.
Our sincere condolences at this difficult time.
Edsel and Phyllis Russell

Dear Pat and family, We are deeply sorry to hear of Bob’s passing We spent some happy times together in NFlD and Ottawa Sending prayers and deepest sympathy Sincerely. Eileen and Bob Walsh

Pat, Robbie, and Susan and other family members please accept my sincere condolences. I met Bob at my first posting in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia during October, 1968. Bob, like one or two others took me under their wing, and introduced me to actual police work in the surrounding areas of Dartmouth. Needless to say I had many pranks pulled on me by Bob and cohort Mike Ennis.
Bob was one of a kind and a friend to all. He was a true community policeman who treated everyone with dignity and respect. I credit Bob with pointing me in the right direction on many, many occasions for which I an truly grateful.
Pat, Susan, and Robbie and your families,, remember all those memories you shared over the years, and I’m certain you’ll have many a chuckle. So happy I had visit with you and Bob just before Christmas Pat. It was a visit I will never forget.
Rest In Peace Rapid Robert, and see you on the other side.

Noel and Jackie NURSE

Dear Donna and Family,
So sorry to hear that your brother Bob passed away. Sarah told me today, I remember meeting him years ago. Thinking of you at this very sad time.
Marty Woodworth

My heart goes out to you all. I have many fond memories of Mr. Russell. He always had the biggest smile that was infectious to everyone around him. He inspired me to make homemade barbecued hamburgers as he would rave about his secret recipe. Not sure if mine measured up to his but I continue to try. My deepest condolences.

Pat, Susan, Robbie & the extended Russell family; It is with heavy heart but a mind full of wonderful memories that Linda & I offer to all of you our sincerest condolences in the loss of Bob from your lives. It’s a mystery of life how the passing of a person compels you to dig into the past and remember the joyous times you experienced with that person during their life. Bob’s reputation as a colorful character was widespread. He was always full of life with a magnetic personality that had an attraction that made you want to be around him. and, whenever you were around him, you were endlessly entertained.. A man of a million stories and jokes and an ability to embellish that made them hilariously funny no matter how often he told them. Linda & I particularly enjoyed the times we spent together in Ottawa and Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is particularly memorable to us as it was when Susan & Robbie were still small. And with no kids of our own at that time, we got to enjoy two lively, lovely and delightful kids who loved ice cream and running up & down the hallway and jumping into Bob’s lap as he tried to balance his beer in his hand. Just as the RCMP lost one of their finest when Bob retired, so the world has now lost another of its finest: a good man who will be missed by many. RIP Bob.
Ernie & Linda Boone

“When are you coming home?”

I was born and raised in Ottawa, lived in Maryland for three middle school years and escaped responsibility for five years of college in Montreal. Susan and I came to love Chicago for over two decades and we’ve spent the last few years relishing the garden district of Philadelphia. I have never lived in Newfoundland and yet with each phone call to my father-in-law, I was always presented with this kind offer.

When I first met Bob, I was a careful suitor for his daughter, but he quickly dispatched my nervousness with a warm welcome, cold beer and a bowl of Solomon Gundy. Since that time, I’ve played for my Sunday suppers, consumed dried Capelin and Vienna sausages from the wares of Bob’s golf bag, hurtled across the island for the last spot on the ferry, had talks with the Captain and listened to epic RCMP tales over a communion of potted mussels. We’ve had grand reunions in Chicago and Florida to be sure, but the visits ‘home’ have meant the most. How wonderful to take family trips to Bay Roberts and Harbour Deep, to get whomped in golf as I hadn’t yet learned from one of his golf videos, or just to settle in at A&W for coffee with friends prior to a patrol across St.John’s.

“When are you coming home?” It’s a simple and thoughtful question that I’ve come to cherish over the past quarter century. I’m humbled by the invitation and take great honour from my inclusion. Bob would often tell me Newfoundlanders are the only people in heaven that want to go home. You can’t help but smile and acknowledge such great pride and humour. I love and miss my father-in-law and will be forever thankful for his welcome home.

Pat and family very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I first met Bob in the mid 70’s while working in Stephenville. Then worked closely with when he conducted a number of polygraph tests for me when I was working in Grand Falls. I then caught up again with Bob in St John’s in 2008/2010. I enjoyed playing golf with him and reminiscing about old times. He was a great fellow and I learned a great deal from him. Sincere condolences to you and all of your family.

Pat,Claudia and I were deeply saddenned to learn of Bob’s recent passing..Over the past decade he and I shared hundreds of rounds of golf together at Pippy Park here in St.John’s.I came to know him well as we both enjoyed the courses and many hours of conversation.I found it an honour to have had this opportunity to share his company and learn so much about his life and his views on many topics. Please convey our sincere sympathy to Susan, ,Robert and the members of your family. It is in the warm memories of a loved one that the strength to carry on during these sad times can be found. May you and your family have God’s Blessings and may Bob rest in peace. Brian Shortall

To the Russell Family,
Sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Bob. Memories include those of a school age friend of Betty and, in recent years, a golfing friend of Bud. His vibrant personality will be missed.
Bud & Betty Jerrett

To Pat and family…
Was shocked and saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was so funny and full of life and a cherished friend in our growing up years in Bay Roberts and attending the old Amalgamated School back in the day. Deep condolences to you all,
Mona (Noseworthy) Fradsham

My sincere condolences to the Russell Family. Bob and Pat were our neighbours during the 1980s. Bob was a very approachable person and loved to engage in conversation. I recall on one occasion at the Holiday Inn, Clarenville. My work commitments occasionally brought me to that location. On a Summer evening in the 1980, after a work day, I was walking outside around the hotel and found Bob and Helicopter crew, having landed in a secure area behind the hotel, to spend the night, were feasting on a delicious meal of fresh Lobsters. In conversation with them, it was easy to know that everyone was enjoying the Lobster feed.. Such a pleasant memory. Rest In Peace Bob.

Donna,Leigh and Family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your dear brother..My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.Hugs. Pat Coffin

So very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Really enjoyed his company on the golf course at Pippy Park. He was a keen golfer and loved the game. May he rest in peace. Condolences to all his family.

Pat and family, we were very sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. We have fond memories our years together in Truro. Please accept our condolences.

Got to know Bob over the years when he was still in the RCMP continued contact in recent years around the golf course..Alawys a gentleman.. Sincere Condolences to the Russell family. RIP

My heartfelt condolences to the Russell Family. I am so saddened to learn of his passing. I had the absolute pleasure of knowing Bob throughout my 10 year tenure in Newfoundland. I thoroughly enjoyed his wit and humour. He was the consummate gentleman and professional. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Doug Best

Pat & Family,
So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.
Sincere condolences to the Russell and Murcell families on the loss of a dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle.
We are thinking about you. May you all find some peace as you reflect on the wonderful memories of the experiences that you enjoyed together.
Blessings to all!
Linda Coles & Ches Keats

Ken Huxter here. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing . We wish you the best condolences possible. And God help you adjust to your new life without Bob. We were friends and living companions in Ottawa. Five single guys shared a 4 bedroom house in Ottawa. Bob and I were the two Newfies so we shared the largest room with two beds. Not many people writing to you can say they shared a bedroom with Bob. He was a truly wonderful person as all who knew can. say. We lost touch after we left Ottawa as l was stationed in many places. We are now in Corner Brook but unfortunately unable to attend the funeral. God Bless. Ken

Dear Pat and family, sincere condolences on Bobs passing.. I like others who knew or worked with Bob, I had great respect for him and his devotion to work and family. I knew him in B Div. and he was an asset to the Force and served the public well. My last experience and dealings with Bob was when he was a Polygraph Trainer, next to the Canadian Police Collage in Ottawa where I worked at the time, we shared many wonderful stories and meals. He will be missed by many/. Fred (Diane) Rayner

Dear. Pat and family, I was so sorry to hear of. Bob’s passing Please accept my sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all May God bless you and give you His comfort , peace ,love , strength and hope God gave you such an amazing gift in the love you shared Hold on to that love and hold on to the. Lord, for in. these you will find comfort and peace. May tomorrow be filled with only your happiest memories. The Lord is my. Shepherd ,I shall not want. Psalm 23:1. Love, hugs and prayers,. Betty. Barnes

We met Bob on the visits we made to Nfld and we really enjoyed his jokes and his laugh. Our sincere condolences goes out to Pat, Beth , the rest of the Russell family and especially to my brother Leigh and Donna.. Keep the emories.

Saddened to hear about Bob’s passing – hugs to Pat and family – many fond memories – Glen Knolls neighbours and friends . Keith & Donna Caldwell

Pat, Donna and family, so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing; sincere condolences to you. He will be certainly missed in a lot of ways. May your many memories help ease the pain.
Cyril and Marion

Deepest sympathies to the Russell family on the loss of your dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and brother in law.

May your wonderful memories help to keep him close in your hearts always as you navigate through the next days and weeks.

Heather & Rob Pittman
Tokyo, Japan

What a character. First met Bob at the Polygraph School at CPC in Ottawa. He would travel to K Div to see how his boys were doing or to interview potential polygraphists but no matter the reason it was usually a
fun time. Heart felt condolences to Pat and family and Bob’s friends and pals. Go easy Bob although I do hear the dark rum is potent up there. Cheers mate!

Dear Pat and family,
I was so very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing and so very grateful that I reconnected with both of you this past January. Bob was a welcomed constant visitor at our family home in Ottawa while he was stationed there in 1963/64. My parents, Ches and Nellie Russell (also from Bay Roberts) were delighted to see this tall, handsome 20 year old cousin come through the door.

Later on as Bob travelled across Canada with the RCMP, he would always drop in to visit with us when in Victoria bringing seal meat for Mom and a bottle of the good stuff for Dad. There were always lots of laughs, a few games of cards and the recent news from Bay Roberts.

My thoughts are with you as you grieve the loss of this wonderful man.

Our hearts are broken after learning of. Bob’s passing. He has been a true friend for 45 years having gone through Polygraph School in NYC with him. Meeting up with him at seminars was always a pleasurable experience where so many good stories were shared, always with Bob’s twist giving that extra humor as only he could. Bob and Pat welcomed us into their home several times, once for Thanksgiviing where we met many neighbors and friends. From the time we met Pat, we felt we had been friends forever. On their visits to our home in Geneva time always passed too quickly, but it was always memorable, full of love and laughter.
Pat, please know our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Pat and family, we were so saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved Bob. Bob’s cheerfulness and humour will certainly be missed . I know he left you all with so many happy , wonderful memories. May all these memories bring you peace and comfort .

Debbie and Mike Duffett

To Pat and Family.
We are very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.. Cynthia and I send our deepest sympathy to you and yours.
Ian, Cynthia and Andrew Garland.

Dear Donna and all the family and friends of Bob. So very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I know he will be greatly missed but his spirit and energy will live on.

Much Love

Bill and Robert, Toronto

Pat, Donna, Susan and family,
I was shocked to read of Bob’s passing! Please accept my deepest sympathies. I have many fond memories of him personally and from my teaching time with Donna and with Susan., whom I taught and with whom I later became friends .
May all your good memories (of which I can guess are in abundance!) offer you strength in the difficult days ahead.
R.I.P. Bob

My sincere condolences to all the Russell family on the passing of Bob. there are many memories flooding back of times in Bay Roberts and the closeness of our families.from the trips to Northern Bay Sands,mackinsons, and school days. We have all become the seniors now and sorry to say this will be
all too in our common in our futures Rest In Peace Robert.

Donna and Family, please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.
Blair Clarke, Ottawa, ON

To Donna and Family. So sad to learn of Bob’s passing.. He will be always remembered for his open and likable manner. Please accept our deepest sympathies. May he Rest In Peace !

To Donna, Wilson and all of Bob’s family and friends, my deepest sympathy at Bob’s passing. May he rest in peace.
Jim Byrd, Port Credit, Ontario

To the entire Russell family…….Please accept our condolences on Bob’s passing. We have fond memories of you all being good friends and neighbors on Water Street in Bay Roberts. Through the years Dad especially enjoyed Bob’s story telling on many visits to our house any time he was in the area. Bob had such a vibrant personality! To this day we talk about how he always spooked Kim when, as a little girl, Bob would tell her that he was going to unscrew her belly button and her bum would fall off! Although we weren’t in close contact these later years, Dad would often ask if we’d heard any news of how Bob was doing.

Your treasured memories, of which we know there are many, will help get you through the coming days. We’re thinking about you all.

The Spencer Family
Wes, Berde, Renee & Kimberly

Sincere condolences to Pat and family. My first memory of Bob was when he played high school hockey against my older brother at the Cy Moores stadium in Harbour Grace,NL. He was a celebrity back then on the ice and was affectionately known as “lobster legs” by his Harbour Grace fans.
The next time we met was on my first posting to Truro Detachment back in the mid 60’s. We worked and played together for a those years and made many fond memories together. RIP my friend.

Howie and Faye Pike

Sincere condolences to Bob’s family and friends.. Was acquainted with Bob and his parents while living in Bay Roberts and attending school as well with Bob during his early years with the RCMP in NS.

My deepest sympathy to you and your family Pat. Bob was a Spark of life, he will be missed by so many. Hold on to the many good memories in this difficult time.

Dear Pat and family, I was shocked and saddened to read of Bob’s passing, ,still can’t believe it. He was both a good friend and mentor to me. Over the years in Truro we worked and had many laughs and adventures together. I’m sure I paid for most of the beer with Russell’s, lets flip for it Souce, routine. Although I haven’t seen him for a number of years I have thought of him and you Pat ,often .Bob was one of a kind, his memory will be with me for the rest of my life. Pat, God bless you , Robbie and Susan. RIP Bob. Always Mitch.

My sincere condolences to family and friends. I have fond memories of working with Bob in Newfoundland – an exceptional member with a refined sense of humour. I still smile when I recall some of our adventures.

Sending my deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends. I newer had the opportunity to work with this wonderful man but did get to listen to many of his stories. A nice man, gone too soon. Rest in Peace Bob.

Pat & family
Very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing
Condolences to your family
You guys were great neighbours in Bible Hill, good members of our RCMP family and
always nice to cross paths over the years
Lynn & Frank Whelan

Our condolences and prayers are with our dear friend Pat, Rob, Susan, and their families. Bob was one of a kind; he was liked and admired by all who knew him. I could relate stories of good times spent together in Dartmouth as well as when he visited us in Moncton. News of his passing hits hard – we loved him as we love Pat. We are with you.
Robbie, Mayzie, Ron and Kim

Our condolences and prayers are with our dear friend Pat, Rob, Susan, and their families. Bob was one of a kind; he was liked and admired by all who knew him. I could relate stories of good times. spent together in Dartmouth as well as when he visited us in Moncton. News of his passing hits hard – we loved him as we love Pat. We are with you.
Robbie, Mayzie Ron and Kim
Moncton, NB

I was saddened to learn of Bob’s death. When I was Crown Counsel, I had many occasions to work with him. He was an outstanding person and officer. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.
Robert Hyslop
Moncton, N.B.

Pat, Rob, Susan and family! Sincere condolences
on the passing of your Bob. He was a friend to many
and never one to miss a chance to tell a good story.
We had many rounds of golf and enjoyed the occasional social. Pippy Park will not be the same without him.

Pat and family.. I was so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
Thinking of you all,
Gloria Stewart

Pat and family, so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing . I had the pleasure of working with Bob (the boss)for several years on Truro Drug Section. We had many good games of golf together and lots of laughs. It was great to see Bob on my last trip to NFLD for the National Police Curling. He will be missed by many.

Condolences to the families. Bob was an all around good guy. I observed his work, 1st hand, during his polygraph tests & follow up. He was very good at what he did, and well liked by all who knew him.

Dr Rob Russell and Family
Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time

Pat, Susan and Rob: Our sincere condolences to all on the passing of Bob. Ruby and Bob were born around the same time, next door .to each other, in Bay Roberts, and grew up to be life-long friends. I knew of Bob in training and met him in B Division when we were both single. Our friendship with Pat and Bob has lasted a long time and when we visit St.John’s, we usually spend some time at their home. There is usually some storytelling along with a “touch of nectar” from the Caribbean. A scattered golf game was played here and there. Pat and family, take comfort in the good times and memories that you had with him, to ease you during this time of sorrow.. Bob is resting in heaven, regaling all who are near him with some fine entertainment. God bless you Bob, and rest easy ……..your shift here is completed.

Shocked and saddened to learn of Bob’s passing..Pat please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family.. Bob was a great guy and would always stop and chat, and ask about Gerry, if I was alone..

Anne Marie and I first met Bob and Pat at Dartmouth. A lot of us in our younger age group spent time around them. They were a great inspiration for us. I remember a lot of mornings, with Blair MacKinnon on Highway Patrol) going to pick Bob up to go in to work. Being single at the time, a great place to get breakfast, and a bit of jam or peanut butter on the high browns. Bob and Pat had two little ones then. Rob and Susan.

We spent a lot of time with the Mattisons (Ralph, Rita and family) on Ross Road, Cole Harbour. We were introduced to them by Bob and Mike Ennis. Too many stories from Bob to recall but certainly a lot of laughs.

Somebody must know the story of ” The Rooster”!!

We dropped the washer down the stairs while moving an apartment on Waverley Road. Still got lobster and beer.

Bob was regarded as a great person, friend and member of the Force where he stood out among us for his dedication to his work and most importantly his family. He never missed an opportunity to mentor. I had the opportunity to spent time around him often while he did polygraph, in “H” , “B” and “HQ”. We often had a “libation” at the Legion in Orleans on the way home on Friday.

Thanks Bob for your continued friendship. You earned your place in this world. Anne Marie and I are thankful for being a small part of it. Pat and family – our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Ann Marie & AJ

Sincere condolences to the Russell family. Knew Bob well from my time in ?Deer Lake and Fogo Island. Bob visited us on Fogo Island and always went away with a good feed of fresh fish. He was a master at Polygraph and well known and respected. Rest easy my friend, Heaven is a better place with you there.

Pat & Family. Our sincere condolences on the passing of Bob. George will miss his week or two playing golf with Bob on our visits to St. John’s. He was a great friend and time spent with him was, needless-to-say, always entertaining. RIP my friend.
George and Dorothy Spracklin
Ottawa, Ont.

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.. I had the pleasure of working with him in “B” division and aLways enjoyed his company. A great sense of humour and a wonderfull story teller (some of them true). To Pat and all the family please accept our sincere condolences.
Harold and Vee Avery

Pat and family. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great friend and mentor. He will be greatly missed. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Ken and Donna Chislett

Pat and Family
Bob has left huge footprints in the minds, hearts and lives of those of us who had the distinct pleasure of being his friend. He has lived respected and died regretted.
WIth our sincere Sympathy ,
Nancy and Don Newell

So very sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He was a great person with a big sense of humour. He and Larry enjoyed each other’s company. He always made me laugh. To all the family my condolences.

We are sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and co silences are with you. Boh was an RCMP friend.

Our sincere condolences to the Russell family with Bob’s passing. He was a dedicated member of the RCMP family and formed many lasting friendships along his journey through life. His sense of humour will be remembered by most. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.

Pat and Family, Our hearts go out to you on the loss of Bob. His wit and wisdom were so evident in his stories that his friends enjoyed to hear.. He served his country well and was such a part of the RCMP in his role of bringing justice to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during the days ahead. Sincere Condolences, Ruby and Lee Fraser

To Pat and Family, our sincere condolences on Bob’s passing. We met at our first posting in Dartmouth and have many good memories of you both.
Dave and Betty Ann Lord

I met Bob at Pippy Park. He had many stories and played in every kind of weather. Loved his family, his pipe and a good cigar. My condolences to his family

To Pat and Family I am very sorry to learn of Bob’s passing and wish to extend my sincere condolences to the extended Russell Family. I have fond memories of being on the road with Bob during one of our more infamous criminal cases in Newfoundland. I admired his leadership and dedication to the Force but this was second to the love for his family. Wishing all inner peace in the difficult days to follow.
Paul Thorne
Bayfield On.

Please accept my sincere condolences on Bob’s Passing. The shift is done, rest in peace old friend.

Pat and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Sending you sincere condolences, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Donna,Leigh and family; so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, loved listening to his stories about days gone by with the R.C.M.P. most of which had me laughing hysterically. . Rest In Peace Bob, hope your playing a great golf course in heaven today. 🙏🙏. Donny Colbert

Donna – Lee and Bob’s extended family
Bob often liked to recall his earlier close encounter with his next life – while the basics remained consistent – some embellishments were added over the past several years – of course with Bob and his love of story telling that was to be expected !
I knew Bob for over 50 years and each meeting was memorable – he couldn’t understand why I would not advise my clients to take his beloved lie detector test !
He was a highly regarded and well respected Police Office and had a fine career in the Force.
Bob -on a golf course or at the 19 th hole was always in good form and loved to be with his family and friends .
He was a good friend to many and will be warmly remembered by those he met on the road of his life.
On a higher plane today he is likely regaling his audience with a story.
Bob is now at rest and may that rest be in peace
Godspeed –

Our sincere condolences to all of Bob’s family. I have many fond memories of the times I worked with Bob in “B” Division and as a relatively junior member then, was so very impressed by his expertise and of course, his legendary story telling. Bob was one of those people you think about when you try to describe the people of our Force, dedicated, professional and loving what they do. Bob was all of that and he will be missed.


Gary and Ruth Bass

To the Russell Family,

I have many fond memories of Cousin Bob at Aunt Dorothy’s house during the Christmas season. Some of my favourite memories was celebrating Christmas at Aunt Dot’s, and all of the visitors (including Cousin Donna, Leigh and family) throughout the holidays.
Sending Pat and family, my sincere condolences.

To : Rob and family
I met Bob. first when he was flying around with pilot Gerry Greening doing polygraph . He left a good impression on all he met and to say he was colourful was an understatement. Rob ,myself and Sandra extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time

Wayne and Sandra Russell

Bob was a mentor to all who had the pleasure to have known him…. He cooked a good Jiggs Dinner at Terra Nova on many occasions while IWT Courses were being conducted at the Park. He always had a great sense of humor and conducted himself respectfully when in his official role as the Rcmp Polygraphist. With all due respect Rose Marie and I extend our deepest sympathy to his family.. R.I.P. my friend.

To : Rob and Families ,
We are sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time

The first time I met Bob was at Grand Falls in 79/80 or thereabouts. He came to Grand Falls to conduct a polygraph test on a file I had, I was just out of training. He told me to meet him at the Mt. Peyton Hotel. I went to the hotel at the prearranged time, and all of a sudden a RCMP Helicopter dropped out of the sky and there was Bob Russell and pilot Gerry Greening, large as life. What an entrance! There weren’t very many colourful characters in the Force then or since as Bob.

Rumour has it, he’d let the CO and CIBO use the chopper when he didn’t require it:). Our paths have crossed consistently since, and Betty and I are good friends of his Sister -Donna and her husband Leigh, and I know they were extremely proud of him and his accomplishments.

Pat and family, our sincerest condolences!

Betty and Bill Smith
Hammonds Plains, NS

I was taken aback when I learned of Bob’s passing. We were friends since his time in Ottawa in 1963. Bob was like a big brother to me and often put me on the right course. Bob had a very pleasant disposition and was well-liked and respected as. a person and a ‘Mountie’. My sincere condolences to all the family, especially Bro. (Dr) Rob.
Rest in peace my friend

So sorry and shocked to hear of the passing of my very good friend, my sincerest condolences to his family. Words can’t express how sorry i am, he was a great guy, friend and mentor during my service in the force. I always looked up to him and had such admiration and respect for him. He will be so missed.. He was such a fun loving wonderful individual and a master of his art of polygraph.. Rest in peace my friend, I will aways cherish the privilege of having known you as a true friend.. The world is a better place because you were in it.

To Sue and Russell Families
So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was one of a kind. I remember so well the years of our youth growing up one picket fence separating us. So many memories….arm wrestling for pennies….jumping ice pans in the harbour….trying to persuade Wilson and me to let him join our club… games on the jubilee in behind our houses…..all so long ago but all so fresh in memory. Last saw him a few weeks ago at Torbay arena where his grandson and mine were playing hockey. Rest In Peace my friend.
Dennis and Ruth

Dear Sue,
My sincere condolences to you and your family on your dad’s passing. From reading the notes of condolences and knowing you it sounds like his sense of humour has been passed to you. I am sure you have many special memories which are yours to cherish. Sending a hug your way.

Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was ‘a character’. for sure. He loved a good story and told many a good story, often embellished of course which added to the humour. Never a dull moment around Bob. I used to enjoy seeing Bob at A&W during my visits back home. At the Hammond Golf Club where he played many a game of golf, every year I always run into someone who knew Bob and had a humorous story to tell about him. Sincere condolences to all of the family.

Bert Waterman
Ottawa, ON

very shocked to here of Bobs passing I worked with him and he was always happy and pleasant .,he was always there for coffee and made everyone a better person for knowing him
my prayers and thoughts are with you all
her will be missed

Condolences to the family of Bob. He was one great, great human being.

I extend sincere condolences to all the Russelll family.. i Ihave many fond and lasting memories of time spent with Bob and other members of the Russsell family growing up in Bay Roberts.. May he rest in peace..

sorry to hear about Bob

I am saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. Bob was a fun guy to be around and very professional in his polygraph duties. when called upon to assist the members in the field. My sincere condolence to his family.

I worked with Bob in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and at all times found him to be both very professional and a fun guy to be around. Virginia and I send condolences to his family and many friends. May he Rest In Peace.

To my coffee friend bob at our favourite a&w restaurant I will always remember you and your beautiful smile. My prayers are with all of the Russell family.