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William "Bill" Norman Russell

William "Bill" Norman Russell
  • June 7, 1931 - September 19, 2020
  • Isle of Palms, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Sea Turtle Rescue, c/o South Carolina Aquaium
    100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston Harbor
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • East Cooper Meals on Wheels
    P.O. Box 583
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465

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“Sue: I remember so well the day I drove with your Dad to Charleston on one of our moving projects. What a delightful, engaging man! Im so sorry...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Bobbi Sorensen

“Bill and Ruth were are dear neighbors on Allie Court. Remembering Bill's family with prayers - our sincere sympathy - Nancy & Louis Kruger ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Nancy Kruger - ISLE OF PALMS, SC

“Sue, please find comfort in the great memories your father left you. He seemed to be an extraordinary man with a passion for helping others....Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Trina Mayhan-Webb - Fairfax, VA

“Love and prayers to my brother in law Bob and the rest of the Russell family and dear friends.It's time to go fishing ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Colleen Hendrickson - NCM, NJ

“My heartfelt sympathies to you, Sue and Mark, and your whole family. I pray that the warmth of special memories wraps you and keeps you through this...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Jane Woods

“Bill was our good friend and fun companion on many dive trips.We last visited your mom and dad on Isle of Palms and had a wonderful time. We send...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: John and Barbara Rives - VA

“We met Bill and Emma at the 8am Service at Holy Cross. Watching them together always warmed our hearts. He will be sorely missed. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Bob & Ruth Correia - SC - Friend


William Norman "Bill" Russell, 89, of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, formerly of Colonial Heights, Virginia, entered eternal rest Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Bill was born June 7, 1931, in Stamford, Connecticut, the son of the late Benjamin and Alma Russell. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years and mother of his four children, Ruth Kellner Russell. During the last six years, Bill shared a home and his passion for travel with Emma Cottingham Passailaigue.

Survivors include his children, Susan Russell Rowland (Mark) of Quinton, VA, Robert Russell (Diana) of Millville, NJ, Todd Russell of Powhatan, VA, and Laurel Russell Shaver (William) of Fort Plain, NY, 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, his brother John Russell (Heather) of Tyrone, GA and sister Sylvia Russell Wahl (Howard) of Nashville, TN, along with many nieces and nephews.

A graduate of New York University, Bill was a chemical engineer, employed at Honeywell Corporation for 40 years. His work sent him to South Korea, Japan, Europe and Germany. After retirement, he and Ruth continued to travel especially to the islands of Hawaii.

For almost 20 years, he and Ruth served as foster parents to a number of children and teens including Beverly Daniels Matthias who stayed connected with them through the years and was with Bill in his last hours.

Bill was an active member of the Church of the Holy Cross on Sullivan's Island serving in both fellowship and leadership positions. He was also a member of the Isle of Palms Recreation's "Keenagers" and the Exchange Club. In retirement, he volunteered for the East Cooper Meals on Wheels, protected turtle nesting sites on the beaches near his home, and was one of the first volunteer divers at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. All his life he loved fishing and sharing that passion with family and friends.

Memorials may be made to the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Care Center, the East Cooper Meals on Wheels, or the Roper Hospice Cottage in Mount Pleasant.

Announcements of a memorial service will be made at a later date.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.