BROOKS — Russell Phillip Lord passed away at his home Nov. 8, 2021, with his devoted wife Linda, a hospice nurse and a dear friend at this side. He was born in Brooks April 14, 1939, the son of Ruby Reed Lord and George Philip Lord. He lived his entire life just outside Brooks village, where he built a home in 1971 on land beside his parents’ home.

He graduated from Morse Memorial High School in 1957 and earned two agricultural-related degrees from the University of Maine in 1963 and 1964. His careers included service field man for Penobscot Poultry (he really loved chickens), manager of the Penobscot Feed Mill in Thorndike and business manager and transportation director for Regional School Unit 3 in Unity.

Russell served many years as a trustee of the First Congregational Church, UCC, of Brooks and was on the state board of the UCC. He was an early member of the Arthur Jewell Community Health Care Center board and the Waldo County Hospital board of trustees.

He enjoyed animals, especially his pet dogs, Jake and Prince, Belgian draft horses Jim and Cher, and a donkey just called Donkey. In adulthood, he grew to love classical music and enjoyed Bangor Symphony concerts. When he was healthy, he enjoyed outdoor activities, and he loved collecting antique cars. However, his greatest passion was flying. He was proud of his private pilot’s license and owned a Cessna 172 and a 174 before giving up flying because of his health. On his first date with his future wife, he took her flying from Belfast out over Penobscot Bay. It was a great experience for both of them and eventually led to a 52-year marriage. He adored his nieces and nephews and loved teasing and spoiling them.

Russell was predeceased by his parents, Ruby Reed Lord and George Philip Lord, and his much-loved brother, Reed Lord. He is survived by his devoted, loving wife, Linda Hall Lord; two sisters, Janice Small of Scarborough and Linda J. Lord of Belfast; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Wayne and Jo Hall; niece Jessica Hall and niece Alexandra Hall Riehl and her husband, Greg, all of Lancaster, Pa.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Stephen and Roxanna Hall of Brooks, who did so much to help him during his last months; nephew Gary Hall and his wife, Ingrid, of Jackman; nephew Bert Hall of Chongqing, China; niece Suzannah Hall Maynard and her husband, David, of Philadelphia; Katherine Hall Nye and her husband, Bernie, of Palermo; nephew Adam Hall and his wife, Lindsay, of Bangor; and several great-nieces and -nephews. He is also survived by his special friend from childhood, Arthur Humphrey, of Brooks.

Because of COVID restrictions, a private memorial service was held in the Brooks Congregational Church Nov. 13. Russell will be interred in the spring in the Lord family plot at Rose Cemetery in Brooks.

Russell was a generous, loving man with strong values. He will be greatly missed by many. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a donation to the First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 188, Brooks, ME 04921, or to a humane society of their choice.

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