WELLS – Russell Erwin Darling, 82, of Wells, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at home with his family by his side, after a long illness caused by a fall. Russell was born April 12, 1931, in Old Town, the oldest son of John Anson and Doris I. (Bowley) Darling and a graduate of Old Town High School.
He made many friends throughout his lifelong career in the construction business and was well-known in the Southern Maine area. He began working with his father at J.A. Darling and Sons, and continued to build the family business in Wells as Darling’s A-1 Service.Soon after “retiring,” Russell and his wife Marilyn enjoyed several years of travel throughout the United States by motor home. Russell particularly loved visiting the Moosehead Lake region and spent many hours driving around Maine looking for items to add to his many collections.He enjoyed boating and fishing, but had little time for them as he was always working on a “project” involving construction or excavating. He never truly retired and continued to work into his eighties.
Russell was predeceased by his mother, Doris I. Darling; his father, John A. Darling; and his stepmother, Idona (McPheters) Darling. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Chadbourne) Darling; his son and daughter-in-law, Timothy J. and Karen Darling of Wells; his daughter, Rebecca R. Darling and son-in-law, Brad Manter of Scarborough; his three grandsons, Luke Darling and Douglas Darling of Wells and Christopher Palm and his wife, Jenny, of Kittery; his granddaughter, Emily Manter of Scarborough; and his great-grandson, Calder Palm of Kittery. Russell leaves four sisters and four brothers, Rita and Lee Coulton, Glenis and Peter Moody, Crystal and Carl Brown, all of Wells, Merna Burden of San Diego, John Anson Darling Jr. and Karen of Wells, Keith Darling and Donna of McCall, Idaho, Vernon Darling and Donna of Newburgh, and Ronald Darling and Diane of Newburgh.
Visiting hours will be held 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, Wells, with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Wells Congregational Church, Route 1, Wells. Interment will follow later this year at Ocean View Cemetery. Russell’s family would like to thank the teams of kind and professional caregivers who provided care for him during the last months of his life. A special heartfelt thank-you goes out to the many loyal friends and family members who visited Russell during his long illness and kept his spirits up by sharing stories of their times together. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you do an unexpected favor for a friend or stranger, or make a contribution to your favorite charity. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel. www.bibberfuneral.com.