Clifton J. Russell
Camden — Clifton J. "Cliff" Russell passed away at the age of 91 Sept. 17, 2016, after a very brief stay at tSussman House in Rockport.
Cliff was born March 19, 1925 in Cambridge, Vt.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen (Hall) Russell; his sister Elizabeth Ayers of Connecticut; a stepson, Dana (Virginia) Marriner of Augusta/West Gardner; stepdaughters Candice (Tobey) Crane of Ketchum, Idaho, and Cheryl (Stephen) Beveridge of Camden; along with five children in Vermont; 10 grandchildren and their spouses; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Leon Russell, mother Agnes (Jackman) Russell; his brother David; and stepson Wayne Marriner.
Cliff served during World War II in the Navy in the South Pacific until discharged Feb. 5, 1946. Cliff was a certified ski instructor working in both Stowe Vt., and Camden. He was a certified welder by trade, working in Connecticut, and at various locations in Maine. Following his welding career, Cliff and his wife, Helen, opened a store/restaurant in Liberty until 1980, where many people enjoyed his cooking and his gift of gab.
Hunting and fishing were passions of his. Being the outdoorsman he was, his favorite career was working as a golf course groundskeeper. Cliff finished his career by working many years at the Megunticook Golf Club, retiring at the age of 89. He was so proud of the club that his family gave him the title “Unofficial Greeting Ambassador” of the club. He was always someone with a kind and warm greeting to all he met. Cliff will be missed by all who loved him.
Services and a celebration of life will be held at the Rockport Masonic Lodge on Main Street in Rockport Friday, Sept. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a brief Masonic service and eulogy, followed by a reception. All are welcome.
Contributions in lieu of flowers can be sent to either the Sussman House of Maine Health Care at Home at 40 Anchor Dr., Rockport, ME 04856 or Hospice at 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.