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Mechanicville, NY 12118
Phone: (518) 664-4500
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Edward Russell

Edward J. "Eddie" Russell Jr.

Friday, April 30th, 1948 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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Edward J. Russell, Jr., lifelong resident of Halfmoon, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on July 24, 2020. Born in Troy on April 23, 1948, son of the late Hedwig and Edward Russell Sr., he attended St. Paul’s Elementary School and graduated from Keveny Academy in Cohoes, in 1966.
Hard work was ingrained in him in early on as he could be found working tirelessly on his family’s dairy farm on Raylinsky Lane.
Ed was a highly skilled, and highly respected, self-taught auto body repair technician and owned and operated Pruyn Hill Autobody for over 50 years. He was a life member and former commissioner at Hillcrest Fire Department where he was also a volunteer fireman.
A 32-year member of the Mechanicville-Stillwater Elks Lodge 1403, Ed held the office of Trustee for several years and was instrumental in growing the Elks Lodge into what it is today. As kitchen manager, he worked tirelessly and was known for his amazing chicken parm, meatballs and all the other delicious dinners that he catered for the many banquets and weddings that took place there. Through his efforts, the Elks started Friday night “Pizza Night” which continues to be popular today.
Ed enjoyed spending time with his wife, line dancing with friends, and hosting weekly Sunday dinners for his family. There wasn’t a day that went by where you couldn’t find him resting in his recliner, watching his beloved Yankees, a golf match or a horse race.
In his prime, he spent most weekends playing tournament softball for Pruyn Hill Autobody’s team alongside his brother, cousins, and friends. He looked forward to time spent with friends every fall at hunting camp as well as the great times he spent with his family and his extended “Ranch Family” at 1000 Acres Ranch where he vacationed for over 35 years.
In recent years, when not at the body shop or working in his huge garden, Ed could be found on the sidelines of local fields rooting on his grandkids, just like he had with his children before. Ed sponsored many Youth and High School teams throughout the years and was never without a stat or story about one of his grandchildren’s accomplishments. To say he was proud, would be an understatement.
Ed is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joann Palmer Russell, daughter Jodi (Joe) DeMarco, son Todd (Terri) Russell, grandchildren, Alysa and Brandon Russell and Colby and Maya DeMarco, sister Patricia (Joseph) Meyer, and brother Vincent Russell all of Raylinsky Lane. He is also survived and loved by his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Calling hours will be on Monday, July 27th from 4-7 PM at Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9, Round Lake, NY 12151. We respectfully ask that from 4-5 PM, please reserve this time for visitors 65 and up.
A Mass of Christian Burial will held Tuesday at 9 AM, also at Corpus Christi Church. Prior to entering the church, an attestation form will need to be filled out. Also, throughout all services, masks will be required when in church and social distancing procedures will be in place. Burial to follow in St. Paul's Cemetery, Mechanicville.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to Hillcrest Fire Dept. of the Mechanicville-Stillwater Elks Lodge 1403, in memory of Edward J. Russell, Jr. During this difficult time, please visit to leave condolences and share photos and memories you have of Eddie.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 27th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, July 27th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Corpus Christi Church
    2001 Route 9
    Round Lake, NY 12151
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 | 9:00am
    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 9:00am
    Corpus Christi Church
    2001 Route 9
    Round Lake, NY 12151
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  • Interment

    St. Paul's Cemetery
    62 Harris Avenue
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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Dan Cimino

Posted at 01:02pm
Joann, my condolences to you and your families 🙏

Mary Waldron Perkins

Posted at 04:41am
Joann, Jodi, Todd & Family, My sincere condolences for your loss. Cherish the Wonderful Memories of your Guardian Angel. May he Rest In Peace. Hugs to you All!

Paul Perrotta

Posted at 02:30pm
Great man Eddie..proud to have been a friend..Rest in Peace..

Michael Raylinsky

Posted at 11:27am
Eddie was my Godfather and a big positive influence on my life, especially my young and early teenage years. I would follow me. I would follow my father Cas and Uncle Eddie around the softball fields all over the Capital District and got quite an education! Eddie always watched out for me and indulged me when I wanted to participate! May God bless Joanne and the entire Russell family!

Kristin Pennock Posted at 03:47pm

I also have so many fond memories of Uncle Eddie from us tagging along to the softball games, and playing hide and go seek in the firehouse while the adults partied in the other room. No matter how many years passed between contact, Uncle Eddie was always there for us. I seem to recall him helping us out more than once with our vehicles as teenagers. Mostly, I will never forget his kindness when our mom passed. He was a good man and will be greatly missed. ~Kristin Raylinsky

Dean Henderson

Posted at 09:56am
With my deepest sympathy to Joanne and your family
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