24574 RussellRussell, Kenneth Charles……….

On October 18th, 2014 Kenneth Charles Russell, in his 90th year, passed into the presence of his beloved Lord and Saviour.  Ken was born in Wells, Somerset, England and served in the R.A.F. during WWII.  In addition to his service medals, Ken was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for his service to Canada and the community.  He immigrated to Canada in June 1948 and settled in London, where he met and married Patricia Mavis Ellis.  This past July, they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.  Five wonderful children were born to them: Karen (David) Reid, Bruce (Evelyn), Gayle, Geoff and Shaughn.  Five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren were a later gift to them both.  Ken is survived by five siblings: sisters Pamela, Eileen and June in British Columbia, and Kay of Florida; and brother Clive in Toronto.  Predeceased by sister Cynthia and brothers Stephen and Donald.  Ken and his family attended Wortley Baptist Church for many years, where he was active in the Christian Service Brigade and eventually became Captain of the Battalion.  Ken encouraged and worked with young boys in their teens to find inspiration in Biblical teachings.  He mentored and encouraged two of the boys to work toward and achieve the organization’s highest merit, The Herald of Christ.  Both boys succeeded in the endeavour.  Ken was a long-time member of St. John’s Lodge No. 20, The Scottish Rite and The Shriners, receiving his 60-year pin last May.  The family would like to thank the staff of Meadow Park Nursing Home for their kindness and care of Ken during his stay, and to Julian, Esther, Laura, and especially Linda…you have our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation.  Friends will be received by the family on Tuesday October 21, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London.  A Masonic Service under auspices of St. John’s Lodge No. 20 will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.  A celebration of Ken’s life will take place on Wednesday October 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with visitation prior to the service starting at 1:00 p.m.  Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery, 493 Springbank Drive, immediately following the service.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be directed to The Gideons International In Canada, 501 Imperial Road North, Guelph, ON N1H 6T9 or the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute Elgin-Middlesex Community Office 123 St. George Street London, ON N6A 3A1.  Online condolences, memories and photographs may be shared at www.amgfh.com

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