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RUSSELL, John Frederick

January 26, 1926 – Calgary, Alberta
August 30, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

John F. Russell of Calgary, AB, passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the age of 91 years.

John was born in Calgary on January 26, 1926 and graduated from Western Canada High School in 1943. It was there that he met the love of his life, Armis Eloise Mills. They were married on September 11, 1948. Armis died in March 1998, just a few months before their 50th wedding anniversary.

John was a navy veteran of the Second World War and a long serving Rotarian. He was a founding member of the West Edmonton Rotary Club where he served as President. He then joined the Calgary Downtown Club in August 1981. John and Armis loved to travel with the Rotary and visited many exotic places.

John is survived by his children, Scott Russell (Ian Brownlie), Craig Russell (Jane MacDonald), Susan Russell (Paul Chave) and Gavin Russell (Jeanette Roos); five grandchildren, Krysta, Colby, Cooper, Falyne and Alex and one great-granddaughter, Aryanna.

At John’s request, there will be no service. Our family would like to acknowledge Dr. G. Vitale and the team at the Renal Centre at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre for all their care and compassion. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in John’s name directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108,

In living memory of John F. Russell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Elizabeth and John Hogan :

    Susan and Paul
    Our sincere sympathy on your loss. John was a great guy and his big smile was captured so well in the Herald picture. We know you will have many happy memories to comfort you in this sad time.

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  2. william thomson :

    sorry about you leaving .hope you and armis are happy in your new digs. will miss you old friend .

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