Newburyport, MA — Edward L. Russell, lifelong Newburyport resident, died with his family at his side on Wednesday afternoon, September 18, 2013. The second eldest of eight children, Ed spent nearly his entire life living, working and raising his family, in the city of Newburyport. Ed also retired from the Army National Guard after serving 20 years of military service as an engineer officer, with the 101st Engineer Battalion based in Newburyport.
Ed married his loving wife, Florence “Bumpsie" Russell, in 1948, who passed away 10 years ago this month. Ed was a dedicated sports fan to all the local Boston teams. He also maintained a hobby collecting coins and stamps. Most of all, Ed, together with his wife, loved and lived for their family. He had many names - Edward, Ed, Easy Ed, Uncle Eddie, Pup, Puppa, Big Pup and he meant a lot of things to a lot of people. For those that knew him well, he was a tough yet very loving man with a big heart. Some of his best days were sitting at the ball field watching his kids and grandkids throw a ball, spending countless hours at the boardwalk with Bumpsie, and enjoying time having "Cheezit Cracker Parties" with his great-granddaughter, Avery.
He is survived by his two sons, Larry and his wife, Karen, and Daniel, both of Newburyport; daughter, Jane Miller and husband, Steve, of Boulder, Colo.; grandchildren, Tyler and wife, Betsy, Jessica, Ashley and husband, Kobie, Stephen, Sarah, Christopher and Alexandra; great-grandchildren, Avery and Anna; his brothers, Raymond, Paul, and David; sisters, Mary and Ruth; along with several generations of nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Dorothy, and brothers, Joseph and Jack.
ARRANGEMENTS: Honoring his wishes, his family will celebrate his life with a private memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his memory to support the new Senior Center at the following address: Friends of Newburyport Council on Aging, P.O. Box 550, Newburyport, MA 01950.