Russell John James Angus
February 5, 1919 – April 12, 2023
Russell Angus passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at Bayside Personal Care Home in Killarney at the age of 104 years.
Born on the family farm in the Northfield District to parents Len and Ann Angus, Russell had two brothers Dunc and Garnet and six sisters Lily, Marie, Audrey, Ila, Sadie, and Nita. He received his education in the one-room Northfield School. As a young man, Russell thought he would try city life and worked in Winnipeg for a short time, quite a change for a country farm boy. He soon knew his heart was on the family farm, and in 1942, at age 23, he followed his heart back to the farm where he farmed for over forty years.
Russell married Audrey (nee Brown) and they had four children Gail, Jack, Darlene and Ross. Russell and Audrey worked tirelessly, living the farm life they loved and providing their family with a good life and loving home. They were proud and honoured to receive the Century Farm Award in 1980 – 100 years of farming in the Angus name, John, Len and Russell Angus.
Besides farm life, Russell’s interests were family time, the Northfield Community Club, harness racing, music, dancing and camping.
In 1985, Russell and Audrey left the farm and moved to Brandon. There they adjusted to their new home and city life and made many new friends with neighbours and the mall coffee circle. Not ready to be idle, Russell worked at Canadian Tire garage as shop custodian. With his genial and cheerful personality, he gained the friendships and respect of “the boys”, mechanics and other workers there.
After full retirement, Russell and Audrey became happy campers, traveling and later were seasonal campers in Killarney. Many good times, new friends, stories and memories were made during those years.
After Audrey’s passing in 2007, Russell lived on his own until the age of 101 years. He loved company, a visit from family or friends would make his day. He moved to Bayside Personal Care Home in Killarney in 2020. Although he missed his home and independence, he adjusted to his new life and was very appreciative of the kindness and great care he received at Bayside.
The fact that Russell lived to the age of 104, speaks of his incredible strength, strong will and spirit. He was a well-liked and respected man.
His family were blessed to celebrate with him on his 104th birthday. Although his health was failing, he enjoyed having his family together and was all smiles on his very special day, an amazing milestone, occasion and memory for him and his family to cherish.
Russell was predeceased by his wife Audrey, granddaughter Julie, grandson Jason, all his siblings and their spouses.
Left to cherish his memory are his four children Gail (Ray) Smith, Jack (Deb) Angus, Darlene (George) McGregor and Ross (Sharon) Angus – his sons-in-law and daughters-in-law were like his own. Grandpa had a special place in his heart for each one of his nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. Also surviving are brother-in-law Mervin (Evelyn), sisters-in-law Emily and Margaret Brown, nieces and nephews.
The Celebration of Russell’s Life was held at Memories Chapel on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.
Donations in memory of Russell may be made to the charity of your choice.
He is at peace, his soul’s at rest,
no need for tears,
for with his guidance and love,
We were so blessed for all those many years.