Russell L. Tupper II(1930 - 2018)

Commander Russell L. Tupper, II, 88, known to friends as Russ of Wrentham, MA passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018. Born on March 8, 1930, in Norwood (MA), he graduated from Norwood High School in 1948. He received a degree in Industrial Arts from the Connecticut Teachers College (now CCSU) in New Britain (CT), after which he enlisted at Officers Candidate School in Newport (RI) and graduated on March 6, 1953. From there he served aboard U.S.S. Dashiell during the Korean War and he continued in the Naval Reserves for 20+ years. In 1957, after earning his Masters at Ball State University, he began a long career at CCSU, starting as faculty and eventually serving as Dean of the Extension College from June, 1976 until his retirement in 1987. Of course a true highlight of his life was meeting his wife, Jean (Schaier) Tupper, at a small family Christmas party. They married at the Martha Mary Chapel at the Wayside Inn on August 23, 1964. In 1990, after his retirement, he moved from Farmington (CT) to Wrentham (MA) where he has been an active member of the Original Congregational Church. However, Russ would not want a list of accolades. He was a humble man who found joy in serving others, whether feeding the hungry or working at Habitat for Humanity. He loved gardening and sailing, tennis and basketball, carpentry and flying kites with his granddaughters. He was a Jack-of-All-Trades, painting, mowing the lawn, making signs and ornaments for the annual church fair. Every Christmas, he and his beloved wife, Jean, would silkscreen their own cards and mail them to over 300 friends and family. He was the kind of gentleman who opened doors for others. He was as Scottish as they come, cutting coupons and clipping articles to share with all. When his car was hit in a local accident, he sent his insurance refund to the driver because he knew that she was in need. He was slow to anger, quick to tell a joke, careful with his words. He was never heard to gossip about anyone and he was a child of God. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 54 years, Jean Tupper; daughter, Nancy Tupper Ling; son-in-law, Vincent Ling, and granddaughters, Elizabeth and Sarah. A celebration of Russells life will be held at 11 am, on Wednesday, May 16 with a Memorial Service at the Original Congregational Church in Wrentham, with theRev. Ken Landin officiating. The family would like to express their thanks for his wonderful care at Tufts Medical Center. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to Tufts Medical Center Development Office 800 Washington Street, #231, Boston, MA 02111 or the Original Congregational Church, 1 East St., Wrentham (MA). For online guestbook, please visit www.rjrossfuneral

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Published in The Country Gazette from May 3 to May 18, 2018