In Memory of




Obituary for Arthur Walters Russell

Russell, Walters Arthur:
February 10, 1933 - March 15, 2021

The fish in Georgian Bay can rest a little easier today, because our top fisherman has pulled his line out of the water for the last time.
Arthur (Art) Russell passed away peacefully due to complications from COVID-19. He was surrounded by his loving family and leaves a legacy we will never forget.
Art was the beloved son of the late Grace Bell - born with a mop of red hair and a coy grin that became his trademark for 88 years.
He was an active member of the K-W community throughout his life - in work, play, faith and service. He was a respected employee of BF Goodrich and Epton Industries through his working years. He was a long-standing and valued member of the Waterloo Knights of Columbus and served his faith community as an extraordinary Minster at his home Parish, St. Aloysius and St. Mary's Hospital.

Where Art excelled most however, was being a husband, father and grandfather to the most loving family. An adoring wife, Yvonne (Scharlach) and 4 children that built the pedestal he sat upon, Susanne (James) Logan, Gail (John) Matura, Lorie Russell and Richard (Sandra) Russell. Lovingly missed by his 7 grandchildren: Jenna (Craig) Shaw, Deanna Logan, Matthew Matura, Michael (Kylie) Matura, Emily Bonnell, Jamie Russell and Haley Russell (Mike). Fondly remembered by his 5 great-grandchildren: Logan and Avery Shaw and Jacob, Jordyn and Jaxon Matura.

Art loved his cottage in Waubaushene (and the endless friendships he made there), 5 a.m. fishing trips and the laughs that went with them, Big Band and Classic Oldies music. He had terrible taste in wine, but loved a good scotch (it was really about who was drinking it with him). He lived for family dinners, lively discussion, and a good game of cards! His insatiable charm made him a lot of friends, but his loving heart made everyone family. He will be deeply missed, always celebrated and forever loved.

The family would like to thank the amazing staff at St. Mary's and Freeport Hospitals for their tender care and loving support.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Art's honour can be made to the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation (cards available at the funeral home).

Art's family will receive relatives and friends from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener. Those wishing to attend Art's visitation must RSVP through the funeral home website or by calling 519-749-8467. Face masks are mandatory. A private family service will take place on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Extended friends and family may view the service at 11 a.m. via live stream at

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