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.


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Russell D. Milnes
1947-2021

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) for 43 years. He was born in Haverhill, MA 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 ME, 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 anesthesia school, he worked at Mass Eye & Ear in Boston, MA 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.

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 travelling around the country a priority. He was an amazing father and husband and loved being a “Papa” to his only grandchild. Russell enjoyed travelling, 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, MA; grandson Luke W. of Marlton, NJ; brother Christopher R. Milnes (Christine); sisters Cheryl A. Ferris (Bob) and Nancy D. Milnes; and numerous devoted in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Paula J. Milnes and grandpup Izzie F.

A service of remembrance will be held this summer in Massachusetts.

 

 

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