Obituary: William P. Russell Sr., 76, of Fairfield

William P. Russell Sr.

William P. Russell Sr.

William P. Russell Sr., died peacefully and surrounded by family at his son’s home in Fairfield, CT on January 29th, at the age of 76.

Bill was the beloved son of the late Edward and Estelle Russell, and the devoted husband of his wife, the late Jeanne “Jaybird” Russell.

Bill was born in Bridgeport, CT on July 21, 1938. He was raised in Southport, CT with his brother, Harris and sister, Sue.

Bill successively graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas elementary school, Fairfield Preparatory College and Fairfield University, all in Fairfield. During this time, Bill worked at the family hardware store, Harris Hardware in Southport, and was a volunteer with the Southport Volunteer Fire Department. Bill was eventually drafted into the United States Army and served a total of eight years in both active and reserve status. He followed this with careers in the cosmetics industry and automotive sales, and spent many years living near his wife’s family in Whitesboro, NY, where he and Jaybird raised their children.

Bill is survived by his sister, Sue; his three children, Kristen of NY and her husband John, Bill Jr. of CT and his wife Erin, and Kevin of CA and his wife Alison; and 10 grandchildren. Bill’s pride and joy were his grandchildren, each one an endless supply of laughter and inspiration.

The family will be holding a private service.

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