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One last cup of coffee for Russ Fish

By Stephen Betts | Jul 31, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Family members of Fish gave McDonald's employees a hug July 30 after they brought out a cup of coffee.

Rockland — Russ Fish received one last coffee from McDonald's restaurant on the way to his final resting place.

The procession for the funeral service for Russell James "Russ" Fish stopped on Maverick Street July 30 next to McDonald's in Rockland as two employees brought out a black coffee to the hearse carrying the late Rockland man.

Russ, 76, died July 23 at the Sussman Hospice House in Rockport.

After attending local schools and graduating from Rockland High School in 1962, Russell joined his father in the family paving and contracting business. He continued the business and grew it after his father's death.

Russ spent his afternoons at McDonald's with friends "surrounding him, trying to outdo each other’s fish tales." He always ordered a black coffee.

Family members hugged the two employees for their gesture before the procession continued to the Rockland Elks Lodge ball field.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Barbara Parker | Jul 31, 2020 20:48

This was so special and even more special was when at the graveside after the committal service John Wood sat down one last time with his buddy and drank one of the cups of coffee, one last coffee with his buddy brought tears to my eyes hugs and prayers continue for the whole Fish family we love you all and are here for you...


Posted by: MARGARET MORSE | Jul 31, 2020 16:19

I didn't really know Russell but when my husband was hauling firewood to North Haven we would stop at McDonald's for breakfast and Russell always smiled and wanted to know how the wood business was going.A very fine gentleman and will be missed at McDonald's.



Posted by: Byron H Haining, III | Jul 31, 2020 15:45

My thoughts exactly.

Posted by: Hope Ellen Creighton | Jul 31, 2020 13:50

That is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever heard. It brought tears to my eyes!

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