John ""Russ"" Sweeney died on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Concord Hospice House.
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Russ was born in Boston on Aug. 23, 1933, the son of the late John Sr. and Priscilla (Robinson) Sweeney. Following graduation from the Boston school system, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. Upon discharge, he studied engineering at Northeastern University. He specialized in industrial instrumentation and control systems for the Foxboro Co. and Stone and Webster Engineering Corp. and was a senior member of the Instrument Society of America.
He and his family lived in Attleboro, Mass., for 17 years. While there he was involved in community and church activities, having taught Sunday School for many years, and serving as selectman for the Attleboro City Council and Planning Board and the Massachusetts Community Mental Heath Board.
Moving to Warner in 1977 where he was employed by the Sabin Electric Co. as engineering manager, he continued his community involvement in the Warner Professional & Business Association and volunteer work at the N.H. State Prison. He was subsequently appointed to serve as the Roman Catholic Chaplain for the N.H. Department of Corrections by the late Bishop Leo E. O'Neil. He attended the Correctional Officers Training at the N.H. Police Standard & Training Council up until his retirement in 1998.
In 2006, he and his wife, Julia, moved to Pembroke where they spent many happy years and met many new friends.
Russ is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Julia (d'Entremont) Sweeney; his four sons of whom he was so proud and their families, Stephen and Martha Sweeney of Beverly, Mass., Mark and Paula Sweeney of Stamford, Conn., David and Tricia Sweeney of Winchendon, Mass., and Matthew Sweeney and Nancy Kimball of Sunapee; seven grandchildren, Andrew, Renee, Laura, Jessica, Erica, Nina and John; and a sister, Joan A. McGrath of Tewksbury, Mass.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Warner, 43 E. Main St., Warner. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 326 DW Highway, Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CRVNA Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH 03301, or to a
The Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the loving care given by the Hospice Nurses and Staff given at his home and at the Hospice House.
Waters Funeral Home - Concord
50 S. Main St. Concord, NH 03302-0670
Published in The Concord Monitor on July 6, 2014