Of Melrose, formerly of Malden. Affectionally known as “Westy” passed away on October 7th peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Russ was born on December 10, 1940 in Malden, MA and he lived in Malden until 1980 before moving to Melrose. He was educated in the Malden School System, Bunker Hill and Lowell University. He joined the Malden Fire Department in 1964. During his time on the fire department, he received multiple accommodations and awards for his heroism. The last statement on his discharge from the fire department also noted that he also had so many unwritten accommodations. He was a leader and teacher to so many firefighters. He retired on February 1, 1999.
After retirement, he joined a group of younger people and traveled to Iceland and many other European countries. He also held a part time job at Kane’s Donuts in Saugus, a job he loved. He loved to take long walks in the Fells, 12-16 miles, a couple of times a week. He loved his family, especially being surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He immensely enjoyed time with his fellow firefighters, relishing the stories and memories they all shared. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Contributions may be made to the Malden Fire Relief Association, 1 Sprague St., Malden, MA 02148.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Anthony’s of Malden, 105 Canal St., Malden on Saturday, October 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The family is most grateful to the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals of Revere for their assistance in completing funeral arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit www.vertucciosmithvazza.com.com.