Russell E. Murphy
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1924 - 2005
SUN CITY CENTER, FLA. - Russell E. Murphy died Aug. 29, 2005 at South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center, Fla.
He was born in Van Buren on July 30, 1924, the son of Fred J. and Homerine Keegan Murphy.
After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a medic in the Pacific during World War II.
Russell returned to Van Buren where he married Priscilla Doucette and had two daughters, Colleen and Sharon. He and Priscilla were married for 31 years before she died of cancer in 1978.
Russell graduated from the New England School of Mortuary Sciences in Boston. He was employed as a funeral director in Massachusetts and Maine. He was co-owner of the Davis Funeral Homes in Rockland and Thomaston.
He retired to Florida where he met Hilda 'Jo' Sceusa. They married on Oct. 21, 2000 and made their home at Kingspoint in Sun City Center.
Russell had many interests and was always eager to try new things. Past affiliations include the Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, WISDUM, Belfast Curling Club and the American Legion. He volunteered at the Rockland Animal Shelter and served as a docent at the Farnsworth Museum.
Russell was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Homerine Murphy, his first wife, Priscilla and his daughter, Sharon who died in infancy.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Sceusa of Sun City Center, Fla.; daughter, Colleen Freise and her husband, Dale of Augusta; grandson, Ryan Freise and his wife, Lisa and daughter, MacKenzie of Augusta; granddaughter, Megan Freise of Portland; two sisters, Kay LeBrun of Portland, and Frances Morrow and her husband, Armand of Hamlin; and a large Murphy and Doucette extended family. He is also survived by a stepson, Michael Sceusa and his family of Amherst, N.Y.; and a stepdaughter, Jackie Irovando and her family of Valrico, Fla.
Russell was a kind, gentle man with a wonderful sense of humor. He was well-loved and will be deeply missed by his family.
At his request there will be no public funeral service. A private memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Augusta on Sept. 17, 2005.
Memorial donations may be made to:
National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd Street, Suite 1100
New York, N.Y. 10016
Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 531313
Henderson, Nev. 89053
or any other charity in his name.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 11, 2005