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Philip Lee Russell

November 2, 1934 ~ November 25, 2017 (age 83)

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Calling Hours
December 3, 2017

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Potter Funeral Home
456 Jackson St.
Willimantic, CT 06226

Funeral Service
December 4, 2017

11:00 AM
Potter Funeral Home
456 Jackson St.
Willimantic, CT 06226

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It is with great sadness that the family of Philip Lee Russell of Hampton announce that he went to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 25, 2017 after recently celebrating his 83rd birthday. Phil was born in Milo, Maine on November 2, 1934, the eldest son of the late Gordon & Rebecca (Ricker) Russell. He graduated from Farmington High School, class of 1952. From there he served in the Korean Conflict from 1954-56.  Years later Phil met and married the love of his life Louise (Root) Russell and they had 53 wonderful years together. In 1971 he built their home in Hampton, CT where he resided for the rest of his life.  They have three children who loved and cherished him, John (Sylvia) Russell of Hampton, CT, Vaughn (BJ – William) Russell of Mulberry, FL and Gayle (Carl) LaFlamme of Danielson, CT. He was an amazing Papa to three grandchildren, Ryan Russell, Wilfred LaFlamme and Zoey LaFlamme. Phil leaves behind three sisters and a brother, Carolyn Zima of Burlington, CT, Janis (George) Jones of Wilton, ME, Sharon (Dave) Pollard, of Columbia, SC and Gregory (Linda) Russell of Medford, ME. He also leaves behind 11 nieces and nephews. Phil worked for the State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection as a Conservation Officer. A job which he loved and retired from after 20 years of service in 1986.  Phil was a proud member of the Masons and was a member of Moriah Lodge #15 and Moosup Lodge #113.  He was an active member till recently to the Rhode Island Shrine Motor Corp., and the American Legion. He was a member of the Hampton Congregational Church and a past member of the Hampton Fire Department.  In lieu of flowers we are asking that donations be made to Shrines Children’s Hospital c/o Rhode Island Shrine Motor Corp Attn: John Adams, 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI 02905 in Phil’s name.  Calling hours will be Sunday December 3, 2017 from 2-4 pm at Potter Funeral Home 456 Jackson St. (Rte.195) Willimantic, CT and the Funeral Service will be Monday December 4, 2017 at 11 am at Potter Funeral Home. 

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