Edwin RussonMarch 1, 2017
It is with sadness that the family of C. Edwin Russon announces his passing on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at his residence in Embassy Hall, Parkland in the Valley, Quispamsis, NB, after a period of failing health.
Edwin spent his early years in the Village of Gagetown, NB, where his father operated a carpentry shop on Front Street, and where he attended Gagetown Grammar School. Edwin served a tour of duty in the Canadian Forces at CFB Gagetown, serving with the Black Watch. Returning to Saint John after completing his service, he worked for many years in sales and as a tailor with Scovil Brothers on King Street before moving to Boston.
On his return to Saint John in 1971, Edwin worked with Sears Canada before becoming involved with the Baptist Church community in Hoyt, NB, from where he answered his call to the ministry. He attended Atlantic Baptist Bible College in Moncton and after his graduation, he relocated from the city to Welsford, NB, to minister there.
Edwin moved to Ontario in the 1980s, where he spent a number of years as owner and operator of a special care home. He eventually returned to Quispamsis to assist in the care of his disabled father, while maintaining a strong and active faith. He assumed care for his mother, and one of their favourite pass-times was traveling to Kingston Peninsula to “play cards” with a group of seniors. At home, they both enjoyed card and board games and maintained a healthy and happy rivalry around the kitchen table, especially when company dropped in!
Edwin also enjoyed several artistic pursuits: gardening, woodcarving, painting, and taking his work to craft fairs and markets. He was able to continue painting in his years at the Shannex facilities in Fredericton and in Quispamsis, and spent many happy hours creating gifts for staff, friends, and acquaintances.
Edwin was predeceased by his father, Charles E. Russon; by his mother, Elinore (Brooks) Russon; and by several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his uncle, Frank Brooks of Fredericton, by several special “double cousins”: Beverly Russon Colpitts and her husband Robert of Hampton; Gail Russon Morin and her husband Ronald of Dalhousie; Gerald Russon and his wife Judy of Fredericton; and Neil Russon and his wife Leesa of Nasonworth; as well as numerous other cousins, in both New Brunswick and Ontario.
As per Edwin’s wishes, there will be no visitation, and no memorial service. A committal service and burial will take place at a later date at St. John’s Anglican Cemetery in the Village of Gagetown, NB.