Terrence E Russell Jr.

December 20, 1946June 16, 2018

In Loving Memory Terrence E. Russell Jr. Dec. 20, 1946 - June 16, 2018

It is with a heavy heart that we regretfully announce the passing of Terrence E. Russell Jr., age 71 on June 16, 2018 who died with family by his side at his home in Valley Cottage New York. He was born on December 20, 1946, in Maspeth, New York to Terrence E. Russell Sr. and Florence McLaughlin Russell.

He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked as an Elevator Operating Engineer with the Local 1 Union in New York City. He married his wife of 46 years, Margaret "Peggy" Barrett in 1972 and was the proud parent of two beautiful children, Terrence age 45 and Kelly age 42. He is survived by his wife Peggy, son Terrence, daughter Kelly, Sisters Mary Russell Valan and Anne Russell Reyes, son in-law Richard Wells and Grandsons Liam, Terrence, Sean, Keith and Desmond. He was preceded in Death by his father Terrence, mother Florence and sister Patricia Russell Main.

Funeral arrangements are with the Michael J. Higgins Funeral home located at 113 Lake Road East, Congers, N.Y. 10920. Viewing's to be held on Tuesday June 19th, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10am on Wednesday June 20th, 2018 at Saint Paul's Church located at 82 Lake Road, Congers, N.Y. 10920.

Please keep our family in your prayers.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Terrence E Russell Jr.

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Joan Marciano

June 20, 2018

I am so sad about the loss of my cousin Terry Russell. He was a great man, and wonderful family man. Our Mothers were sisters. And when both family's got together, either at our house on Long Island or in Greenpoint, it was a party. And fun had by all. One memory I have of Terry when we all went out on my Dads boat. It was a big boat and would bring along a small row boat. Well Terry and my brother Paul went rowing and somehow lost a oar. I remember all Terry was worried about was what would his Uncle John would say. It was funny at the time. Sadly we lost my brother 10 years ago too. My other memory is like my sister Peggy had said about Terry coming back down for our Mothers funeral. A few months before that our Uncle Eddie had passed away, and he showed up at the funeral in a snow storm, he drove all the way down to Long Island. I will never forget that. Rest in peace Terry. Till we meet again Love cousin Joan Ahrens Marciano

Sarah Valan Schreiber

June 19, 2018

I have fond memories of my Uncle Terry. My favorite is when we were getting ready to leave a family gathering (I think it may have been a christening celebration for one of Kelly’s boys), and “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers came on. I said I loved that song, and Terry told me we had to dance! We danced and laughed, and I remember looking up at my tall uncle, my mother’s brother whom she loved so much. He will be missed and remembered by us all, and that song will always make me think of him.
“Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea, to the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers sigh, ‘Wait for me, wait for me,’
I’ll be coming home, wait for me.”

Mary Valan

June 19, 2018

My brother was a big guy and seven years older than me and eight years older than my sister Anne. He would lay on the floor and stretch out and pretend he was a log. He would have us walk on him and he would roll back and forth to see if we could stay on the log and it was so much fun. He never lost the kid in him. It was a very endearing quality and made him very lovable. We will miss him till we meet again.
Your loving sisters Mary and Anne

Anne Reyes

June 19, 2018

To our brother he was our protector but also very wise from a young age. We remember one night when we were at a party and my parents asked him to take us home. It was a really freezing cold night and a long walk to our home on calyer st. We were very young and as we walked we were complaining about how cold it was he told us if we talk and keep talking we will be home before we know. We started talking and he was right the time flew. I have shared this story with my son. We will miss you till we meet again. Love your sisters Mary and Anne.

Howard Valan

June 19, 2018

I have such great memories of when everyone lived in Greenpoint. Spending Christmas Eve at his house, Terry doing his "Pigs in Space" act, singing along to "The Wild Colonial Boy" on Saint Patrick's Day, everyone teaming up to throw an unforgettable 40th anniversary party for Terry and Flo or going to the Golden Gloves to have a few? and cheering on one of my co-workers who was fighting that night.
He was a great family man from a great family who welcomed me in as if I was their own. He will be sorely missed . Everyone loved him so much and the world needs more people like him. Rest in Peace Terry.
Your loving brother in law Howie

Janet McLaughlin Glastal

June 18, 2018

I was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of cousin Terry. May the comfort of friends and family be your strength now and in the days ahead. I will always remember the good times at the house in Greenpoint.

Cousin Janet McLaughlin Glastal

Ryan Wright

June 18, 2018

Terry was my first Mechanic in Local 1. I was 24 years old and knew nothing about elevators. I show up to work all excited on my very first day, introduced myself. His first sentence to me was, “Are those boots steel tip”
Well, they were not. He sent me home. Safety First! It was much better after that first day. He taught me so much about the business. Now, twenty three years later, I am eternally grateful to him for the knowledge he passed on to me!

Peg Donnellon

June 18, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of cousin Terry's passing. He was a good man who loved his family. I was so impressed that he not only came to my Mom's wake, he came back for her funeral as well. My Mom lived on Long Island which was quite a distance for him to travel. When I thanked him for coming, he shared how much he wanted to be there since my Mom, his maternal Aunt Dot, was the last of the McLaughlins and he had to be there for her.

Terry was a few years older than me and I really looked up to him as a kid. I remember following Terry into the vacant house next to Nana Laura Moody McLaughlin's Maspeth house, just before all those houses were to be torn down for the building of the Long Island Expressway. We played with a manual typewriter that had been left behind! So exciting for someone about 4-5 years old. Although I was scared, I felt safe because I was with my cousin Terry.

Rest In Peace Terry. You will be missed.

Cousin Peggy Ahrens Donnellon