August 25, 1947 – March 13, 2013. Laughing, caring, and loving at the age of 65. Russell Raynard passed away peacefully. Best friend and companion of Julia McGorman by his side and Dante by his feet. Leaving behind Julia’s caring family. Loving son of Eileen and his late father Russell Raynard. Predeceased by his loving wife Gail Blatherwick.  Loved brother of Wayne (Mary), Donna (Barry) Colenutt, and Donald. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his family and great neighbours. Russell retired as an engineer for CN and VIA railroad. He was an avid Montreal Canadiens fan. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion # 201 – Essex. Russell was best known for his great laughter. Special thanks to all the nurses, doctors and St. Elizabeth’s for all the wonderful care during his short illness. Russell is resting at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. North, Essex on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Legion Service Friday at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will take place from the funeral home on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. You may send your condolences on Russell’s Tribute wall at

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