1946 – 2009
Friends and relatives were saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Russell Charles Fugere, beloved husband of Edith Agnes Firth (Fugere) which occurred at the Campbellton, New Brunswick Regional Hospital, on January 2nd, 2009. Russell was born in Campbellton on December 24th, 1946, the son of the late William and Mona Fugere of Campbellton, N.B. Russell was a dedicated husband, brother and uncle and made his home of 31 years with the love of his life, Edith in the close-knit community of Glen Levit, N.B., and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. Russell was a plumber and pipe fitter and had worked 30 plus years with Bradley and Walsh in Campbellton.
At the time of his passing he was employed with Godin Plumbing of Bathurst, and was a member of the Local Union 325, Fredericton, NB. Russell had many joys in life and enjoyed each and every one to the fullest, but second to Edith, he loved his bluegrass music and enjoyed playing for her, during their quite evenings at home.
During the summer months, they would set-out with their motorhome and travel to Bluegrass festivals, throughout New Brunswick or the nearby Gaspe, Quebec coast, meeting with old friends and making many new ones, while Russell would pick his Gibson mandolin at campsite jams, or on stage.
He is survived by his step sons, Larry and Kevin; grandchildren, Shawn, Christinia, Stephanie and Tammy; two great-grandchildren, Kaylence and Kennedi. Beloved sister, Margot Fugere; brothers, John (Coleen), LeRoy (Janice), Toby-Ralph (Donna) and Jim. Many loving aunts and uncles. Russell had many nieces and nephews he enjoyed and loved dearly. By being a supporter of hockey at the Civic Centre weekly he took great pleasure in watching his nephew, Jordan excel in playing minor hockey as a young man which brought back many memories to him. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Maher's Funeral Home Services and were held at St Thomas Aquinas Church on January 8th, 2009. Mass by Friar William Arsenault, music provided by St. Thomas Choir, solos by cousin, Leopold Richard. The readings were read by sister-in-law, Frances Firth. Pallbearers were Mark Parker, Gordie Kerr, Gary Russell, Johnny MacDonald, Bucky LeBrun, Rod Arsenault and Leonard Malley. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Miller, Gerald Kerr, Lewis DeMerchant, Ernest Holton, Aubrey J. Firth, Ralph Nichol, Earl Dunn, Aubrey A. Firth, Bob Glidden, Henry Montefrisco, Gilles Bernard, Edgar Duguay, Willie LaPointe, Eddie Poirier, Bob Coughlan, Lionel Roy, John Cormier, Rod LeBlanc, Russell Robertson, Jack Firth, Robert LeBoeuf, Scottie Walsh, Eucli Arseneault, Ron LeBlanc, Hermil Levasseur and George Berube.
"Do not cry for my absence, for I am with God and my prayers are with you. I will love you from Heaven as I have loved you on Earth." The family of the late Russell Fugere would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to each and everyone for the donations, masses, memorials, and flowers, also the phone calls received and the visits at the Funeral Parlor.
Thanks to Friar William Arsenault, St. Anthony's C.W.L, St Thomas Aquinas Choir and Leopold Richard, pallbearers, honorary pallbearers, the professional care and kindness of the nurses in the ICU, Dr. Whalen, Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Fontaine. Those who brought food to our homes showed the high esteem in which was held for Russell and our extended family. Your thoughtfulness and kindness will always remain in our hearts. May God help you all in his care. ~ Edith Fugere & family Fugere Family