Paul L. Russell, 78
at his daughter's home in Portsmouth, holding her hand.
He was the husband of the late Carolyn M. (Tombley) Russell.
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Christopher and Annie (Brogan) Russell.
Mr. Russell was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II. He was a member of Iron Workers Local 37 and helped erect the Independent Man on top of the Rhode Island State House.
He volunteered for St. Rocco's Children's Workshop and was the activity director for the St. Aloysius Home.
He was a tightrope walker and a professional heavy weight boxer.
He leaves four sons, George Russell of Warwick, Christopher Russell of Jamestown, Wilfred Russell of Portland, Maine, and Paul Daigle of Cranston; a daughter, Paula Hopkins of Portsmouth, and nine grandchildren.
His funeral was held Jan. 3 from the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home in North Kingstown. Burial with Military Honors was in the R.I. Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA of Newport and Bristol Counties, 21 Chapel St., Newport, RI 02840.
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