April 19, 1957 – September 8, 2021
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Russell Wade Hess on September 8, 2021. Russ was born April 19, 1957 in Marathon, Ontario. He enjoyed spending time with his family, going fishing, and always had a protective watch over his older sisters and brother.
The family moved to Saskatoon and Russ was an active participant in many high school sports. Another family move took him to Campbell River, BC where Russ worked at the Co-op after graduation.
Through his work with the Co-op, he transferred to Prince Rupert. Once in Prince Rupert, Russ explored his passion for the RCMP and became an auxiliary officer. He then pursued careers as a 911 dispatcher and a correctional guard.
He was an avid outdoorsman and had a love for animals, photography, and sharing stories with family and friends. With a big heart and always willing to lend a helping hand, Russ spent many hours volunteering at the local SPCA. Russ was very passionate about history, specifically following stories related to his dad’s time in the military.
Russ was a devoted member of the Freemasons for many years. He was a Past Master and current secretary of Tyee Masonic Lodge. Between 2006 and 2012, he was the master of the lodge several times.
Russ visited his home province of Saskatchewan frequently and often said how he admired the flat prairies. The visits and stories he shared with family will remain close to our hearts.
Russ was fortunate to complete a bucket list trip to England, visiting various landmarks such as Juno Beach and Windsor castle. This trip of a lifetime allowed him to visit gravesites of his grandparents, step inside the church where his parents were married, and spend time connecting with his long lost cousin, Carol Thompson and her husband, Michael.
Russ is predeceased by his parents, Russell (Bud) and Dorothy Hess, brother, Chris Hess, and sister, Carol Culhane (Ken). He is survived by sister, Bev Kulpa (Jim), and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Freemasons and the Prince Rupert Fire Department will be holding a private service once it is safe to do so and covid restrictions allow.
The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to their local SPCA in Russell Hess’s name. Obituary-
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