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BANGOR – James L. Russell, 88, husband of Isabel (McClay) Russell, died April 11, 2009, at a Bangor health care center. He was born Sept. 6, 1920, in Bangor, the son of Henry and Kathleen (Golden) Russell. Jim was a graduate of John Bapst High School and the University of Maine, Orono, in 1942. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years including a term as a president of the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers. After a period of giving the exam to potential postal employees, Jim retired in 1987. Jim and Isabel were married for 57 years. He was a lifelong communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was president of Holy Name Society. Jim enjoyed coaching and watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports. Surviving, in addition to his wife of Bangor, are six children, James L. Russell Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Bangor, John H. Russell of Glenburn, Charles G. Russell and his wife, MaryAnn, of Lakeland, Fla., David F. Russell and his wife, Nanci, of Wellesley, Mass., Andrew J. Russell and Mary Anne Beal of Waterville, and Mary Kathleen Nightingale and her husband, Dr. Stephen Nightingale, of Ellsworth; grandchildren, James L. Russell III, Mary Elizabeth Russell, Douglas Russell, Misty Russell, Janathan Russell, Mary Kathleen Russell, David P. Russell, Michael Russell, Jillian Russell, Jordan Russell, Mallory and Griffin Nightingale; and great-grandchildren, Austin Russell, Charley Russell, Dawson Russell and Braedon Russell. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Russell. Family and friends may visit 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bangor. Burial with military honors will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor. A time of fellowship will be held immediately afterward in the church center. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Mount Pleasant Cemetery Angels, care of St. John’s rectory, 207 York St., Bangor, ME 04401 or Maine Veterans’ Home Activity Fund, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to his family may be offered at www.kileyandfoley.com.

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