RUSSEL, Archibald Dennistoun
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Archibald Dennistoun Russel was born in Montreal in 1918, died in Toronto on Dec. 4, 2013. Beloved husband of Zina Russel for 72 years, father to Philip Russel (Martha), Suzanne Philip (Kim), Hugh Russel (Cheryl), Jeffrey Russel (Lynda Lemberg), and Guy Russel (Bobby Biro). Grandfather to Denni Russel (Manal), Nicole Russel (Allard Schipper), Eric Philip (Jessica), Nona Philip (Jamie Bourgeois), Adam Russel, Dana Russel, Hayley Russel, Sasha Lemberg-Pelly. Uncle to Peter Russel (Judy) and Gail Gorman (John). Great-grandfather to Madeleine Russel, Devyn Russel, Griffin Russel Ware, Beckett Schipper, Daelyn Erion, Isabelle Philip and Quinn Philip. He started his career with the family business, Hugh Russel & Sons Ltd., working at Sharon Steel in PA. In 1940 he organized steel control for the war effort, but later joined the army before being seconded to the RCAF for flight training. After WW II he returned to the family business, with his father and brother Guy. They built the company and went public in 1961, when Guy retired. He continued to build Russelsteel which carries on today as Russel Metals Inc. In 1955 he joined YPO in Buffalo, NY, and the next year brought it to Canada as its first president. He is remembered by the Ontario Chapter of YPO with the Archie Award. He was an accomplished musician and artist who played the accordion, piano, concertina and clarinet - parties invariably included sing-songs. His artistic talents also included sculpting representational portrait busts, and family summers on boats lead him to marine design. When they lived at Lyford Cay he undertook projects including the redevelopment of the harbour. After retirement he got the first of many PCs and wrote 8 books including biographies and extensive histories of both the family and Russelsteel. Thank you to Dr. Mike Matthews and the staff of Integracare for taking such good care of Dad over the past year. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Toronto Commandery Hospice, www.ttch.org. Funeral services will be private, with a celebration of life to be held at a later date. Online condolences received at www.etouch.ca
Published in National Post from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9, 2013