Arnold, Russell M.

Russell (“Russ”) M. Arnold of Unionville, beloved husband of Marjorie A. (O’Leary) Arnold, passed away on December 21st at the age of 82. Born on Garden Street in Farmington in 1933, he was the son of the late Alfred W. Arnold and Violet E. (Mercer) Arnold.

Russ attended Noah Wallace school in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School in 1951. He then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He received the National Defense Service Good Conduct Medal, and was honorably discharged in 1954 at the rank of Sergeant.

After the flood of ‘55 destroyed his family’s River Glen home, Russ built a new house for his parents in Unionville, in which he resided until the time of his death. Russ initially worked as a self employed house builder and then as a carpenter for a number of local construction firms, including, most recently before his retirement, RK Constructors and Black and Warner Construction. Russ was comfortable working in all aspects of carpentry from concrete work to finish carpentry. His strong math skills were essential to calculate the required angles for cutting complex roof rafters or determining the appropriate volume of concrete to order. He worked on many construction projects, some of which included the Rainbow Dam Fish Ladder in Windsor, Avon Methodist Church, City Place, Hartford Civic Center and UConn Health Center. In 1996, he retired from the Carpenter’s Union Local 43 and after retirement continued to work on a number of home improvement projects for his children. He was also a proud participant in the construction of a lean-to for his grandson’s Eagle Scout project.

In addition to his wife, Russ is survived by his sister, Gladys Fields of Fort Meyers, Florida and was predeceased by his older brother Gordon and twin brother Ronald. He is also survived by his three children and their spouses: Bill and Jan, Russ (“Mr”) and Cecilia, and Gayle and Dan Soucier. He was the proud grandfather of Billy, Allie, Taylor, Chris, Patrick, Timmy, Samantha and Jake, all of whom knew him as “Pop.” Ever present in his grandchildren’s lives and activities, Pop always attended their baseball, basketball, soccer and softball games (where he was known for his meticulous scorekeeping), and could also be found in the audience at dance performances, piano recitals, scouting ceremonies and school events.

As an avid reader of many genres, Russ enjoyed history in general and histories of the Civil War, World War II and credit crisis in particular. He encouraged his grandchildren to read as well, and read the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones alongside them.

Russ was known for his love of friends and family. He kept in constant communication with his cell phone, checking in with his trademark greeting: “just the old man calling…” His favorite activities were spending time with his family and playing Cribbage. In recent years, he always looked forward to his week of family vacation in Wellfleet, Mass. and prepared for the trip for weeks in advance by sitting in the driveway of his Unionville home to work on his “base tan.”

At Russ’ request there will be no calling hours or funeral. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Farmington Amateur Baseball Club, Dr. Gerard Roy, 64 Westview Terrace, Unionville, CT 06085.image1

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Farmington Amateur Baseball Club, Dr. Gerard Roy, 64 Westview Terrace, Unionville, CT 06085.

One Response to 'Arnold, Russell M.'

  1. Thomas Knorwaski says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. There is nothing that can prepare a person for the feelings of losing a family member.

    The Bible describes God as a God of all comfort, at 2 Corinthians chapter 1 and verses 3-4. One scripture that has brought so many people comfort is Revlation chapter 22 and verses 3-5 because that describes a promise from God that is specifically touching to anyone who has experienced the pain of losing someone. Again, my deepest sympathies for your loss.

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