Saturday, July 5, 2008

Mystic Fisherman And Tribal Member Mike Russell Passes Away

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Groton - Michael T. Russell, 55, of 11 North Road, Groton passed away Tuesday evening, June 24, 2008 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London.

He was born on November 14, 1952, in New London the son of Mary Kerwin Russell of Mystic and the late Robert J. 'Tex' Russell.

He was married to Valerie Rocherolle on December 28, 2002, in Groton. Michael graduated from Robert E. Fitch Sr. High School in the class of 1971. He was the co- owner of Latimer Light Oyster Company. A member of the Mohegan Tribe with the tribal name of Longbow, he was on the boxing commission, worked with the Mohegan Aquaculture program and participated in the Native American Games. He loved clamming at Bluff Point, off shore scalloping, all water activities and had owned the former Thames Edge Restaurant.

Besides his wife and mother; he is survived by a daughter, Crystal Russell of Connecticut; three brothers, John Russell and wife Linda of Demopolis, Ala., Philip Russelland his wife Paula of Moosup, and Robert Russell II of Mystic; three step children, Nina Deppen, Joel Deppen and Bray Deppen; and a grandson, Dirren.

Visiting hours were held at the Mohegan Congregational Church, Church Lane Uncasville, and a graveside service was held at noon on Monday at the Mohegan Burial Ground, Shantok Rd., Uncasville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be directed to the Deppen Children College Education Fund, c/o Bank of America, 738 Long Hill Road, Groton CT 06340. Byles Memorial Home, New London is in charge of arrangements.

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