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1946 John 2022

John J. Russell

November 10, 1946 — January 27, 2022

RUSSELL, John J. Of Waltham, formerly of Dorchester, MA, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2022, at the age of 75 years.

John is survived by his loving wife Marcia Hue Robinson, stepchildren Melissa Walsh (Mark Walsh) and Joshua "Josh" Robinson. John is predeceased by loving parents Robert and Catherine Russell and brother, Bob Russell. He is survived by brothers Frances Russell (Maureen Gannon) Rochester, VT; Jeremiah Russell, Bridgewater, MA; James Russell (Carol Russell) Sarasota FL; Thomas Russell (Ting Xu), Amherst, MA; sister Mary Russell, Concord, NH; sisters-in-law Dolores Russell, Cathy Russell and loving aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, dear friends, and colleagues.

John is a graduate of Saint William School, Boston English, Boston College and Suffolk University Law School. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and practiced law for over 45 years in Boston.

A die-hard Boston sports fan and season ticket holder to all the Beantown teams even through the early heartbreak years. In recent years, he even developed a love of professional soccer because of Josh's passion for the sport. John was also a lover of the arts and enjoyed attending BSO concerts, exhibits at the MFA, plays and concerts with his wife Marcia.

Our family has been incredibly blessed by John's spirit of kindness, his gift of acknowledging everyone he met, and his empathy for young people. He will be truly missed by all who had the opportunity to know and experience his wisdom, smile, and sense of humor.

In honor of his memory, donations can be made to the Foundation To Be Named Later at to pay forward his belief in the power of education for under–resourced young people.

We will gather to celebrate a life well lived. Stop by M.J. O'Connor's Pub, 27 Columbus Avenue, Boston, on Sunday, March 13, 2022 between 2:30 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. to join us as we raise a glass to honor his legacy.

Interment of his cremains with Military Honors will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 11:15 A.M.
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Sunday, March 13, 2022

2:30 - 5:30 pm

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