In Memory: March 3

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

Paul Loren Russell, 96, 

March 10, 1924 – February 24, 2021

Paul Russell of North Hutchinson Island, FL, formerly of Wellesley, MA, passed away on February 24, 2021 of natural causes in his 96th year.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Katharine of 45 years and his children Michael Russell and wife, Jane, of Cohasset, MA; Leslie Fahn of Coral Springs, FL; Robert Russell and wife, Claudia, of Cohasset, MA; Lindsay Moseley and husband, James, of Hanover, NH; 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  Paul was predeceased by his brother, Robert Russell, and daughter, Carlene Laney.

Paul was born in Detroit March 10, 1924 to Jason and Rose Russell and was raised in Grosse Pointe, MI.  He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Electrical Engineering where he was a McMullen Scholar.  He subsequently attained a Masters at Northeastern University. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi and an active alumnus at Cornell, acting as Class Correspondent for 10 years.

While in college he was enlisted in the US Navy and served as Communications Officer on the USS Mt. McKinley, sailing into Japan immediately after the end of the Second World War.

Paul worked his entire career at General Electric as an Application Engineer, traveling extensively and working in the developing field of Robotics at the end of his career.  He served as a representative for GE on the American Institute of Electrical Engineers National Committee on Industrial Application.  He also taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Vermont.

After taking up crew at the Detroit Boat Club in Grosse Pointe, Paul continued rowing for most of his life.  He joined the Union Boat Club in Boston in 1950 and was a lifelong member.  During the summer months he loved rowing his shell on the Charles and fiercely competed in squash throughout the years. He was an early uphill skier, using his sealskins to climb before skiing down (his children still prefer the lifts). He conquered Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mt Washington in the 60’s. He enjoyed sailing, starting from his childhood days in Grosse Pointe, later keeping a Tempest in Cohasset Harbor,  and was an original member of the Wellesley Sailing Club on Morse’s Pond.  He swam daily until the very last years of his life.

Paul was an aficionado of classical music and opera, holding season tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and playing Texaco’s weekly Saturday Opera at the MET at full volume while working on his latest car repairs, often to the consternation of his children.  He enjoyed traveling with his family and after retirement exchanged homes in several European cities.

Most of all he loved his family and bad puns of which we all are thankful and hope to continue in his memory.

Plans are to hold a private service later in the year when it is safer to gather.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

From Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

Daniel Martin Royce, 85, Vero Beach

June 20, 1935 – February 26, 2021

Daniel Martin Royce, 85, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away on February 26, 2021 in Vero Beach, Florida.

Daniel was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Farnham Thomas Royce and Virginia Martin Beattie Royce on June 20, 1935. A pilot for 42 years, Captain Daniel M. Royce proudly served in the United States Air Force for 8 years and flew as a commercial pilot with United Airlines for 34 years.

Daniel was a man of deep faith. He was an active member of the Christ Church Vero Beach congregation. He is remembered for his charismatic voice in the choir, quick wit, dry sense of humor and forthright honesty. A wordsmith to the core, Daniel delighted in sharing his vast repertoire of puns with everyone he met.

Music was an integral part of Daniel’s life from the time he was very young, attending the Saint Thomas Choir School in New York City, playing cornet in the USAF band and singing in church and community choirs throughout his life. Daniel was also a proud Master Mason of the Grand Lodge, Peninsula Masonic Lodge No. 99, Free and Accepted Masons for over 62 years.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents Farnham Thomas Royce and Virginia Martin Beattie Royce, and his brother Robert Farnham Royce.

Daniel is survived by his beloved wife Andrea F. Royce, his children; Laura Royce Aroune (David) and Thomas Royce (Amanda), Kevin Arnold and Andrew Arnold, and his grandchildren of whom he was so proud; Thomas, Nicholas, Amy, Elizabeth and Hannah Aroune.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 6, at Christ Church Vero Beach. Burial will immediately follow at the memorial garden of Christ Church. Those wishing to attend please kindly call the church office at 772-562-8670 to make a reservation. Due to COVID regulations, space is limited and masks are to be worn by attendees. Arrangements are by Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Christ Church Vero Beach, 667 20th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.

Online condolences to the family may be offered at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com.

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