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Russell D Milnes
June 02, 1947 - April 05, 2021
Obituary For Russell D Milnes
Russell D Milnes, 73, passed away at his home in Palm Coast, Fl on Monday April 5th, of esophageal cancer with his loving family by his side. He was the devoted husband of Kathryn M. (O’Rourke) Milnes for 43 years.
He was born in Haverhill, on June 2, 1947, son of the late Ralph L. and Isabel A. (Cunningham) Milnes. He was educated in Haverhill and lived in Boxford, MA for 25 years.
Russell was enlisted in the Navy from 1969 to 1973, stationed in Cape Hatteras, NC, Norfolk, VA and Bath, Maine, as a supply officer. Soon after his service, he worked at Salem Hospital in respiratory therapy where he met his future wife. After graduating from nurse and anesthesia school, he worked at Mass Eye & Ear in Boston for 25 years. He considered working as an anesthetist his true calling, providing unparalleled care for all his patients and co-workers. He continued his anesthesia career after moving to Florida in 2010 through his retirement in 2014.
Russell was well respected and widely admired for his work ethic, gentle soul, and kindness to all that met him; always attending to the needs of others. He constantly put family ahead of everything, working tirelessly in order to provide for them and making traveling around the country a priority. He was an amazing father and husband and loved being a “Papa” to his only grandchild. Russell enjoyed traveling, coaching, playing golf and tennis, and was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan.
He leaves to cherish his memory: three sons, Travis J. and his wife Tina (Reed) of Baltimore, MD, Brett R and his wife, Shannon (Buth) of Marlton, NJ, and Gregg T. of Brookline; grandson, Luke W. of Marlton, NJ; brother Christopher R. Milnes (Christine); sisters, Cheryl A Ferris (Bob) and Nancy Milnes; and numerous devoted in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister, Paul J. Milnes and grand pup Izzie F.
A Service of Remembrance to be held on Saturday August 14, 2021, at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody at 12:00 PM noon to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the polycystic kidney foundation, P.O. Box 871847, Kansas City, MO 64187
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