RUSSELL, H. John - 1944-2016 On the snowy Thanksgiving morning of October 10, a river of ravens swept down and carried John Russell's precious soul to Valhalla. A lover of nature and a studied observer of its ways, John Russell spent his 72 years in a long embrace with the natural world. Born and raised in the Waterton/Twin Butte area, John followed his parents into the mountains on backcountry pack trains and hunting expeditions. He grew strong and wise in cahoots with his brothers Dick, Charlie, Gordon and sister Anne. John learned the high country's magical ways and furthered his knowledge at university where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alberta. The far north called him. There his attention to precision helped determine the size and numbers of migrating caribou. That knowledge changed the management of the legendary herds, helping in their long-term preservation. John, a committed conservationist, was at home on the family ranch adjacent to Waterton Lakes National Park. He pursued a hands-on approach to issues such as non-native species. He contributed to local science and research and served as an MD councilor. John Russell was generous with his deep knowledge of the region. As a respected field guide, an engaging teacher and a popular speaker, outings with John were cherished inspirational experiences. His presentations of the archival photographs of his grandfather, Bert Riggall, have ignited a recognition and appreciation of these significant historic contributions. He was gentle and kind, inquisitive and joyful. And that laugh, what a laugh. He is loved and missed by his deep friend and longtime partner Valerie Haig-Brown; his son Jonas Dodd and his daughter in-law Magali Bailey; long time friend and mother of his son Sylvia Dodd; his siblings; Dick Russell and wife Colleen, Charlie Russell, Gordon Russell, Anne Raabe and husband Peter; niece, Sarah Russell and nephew, Tim Raabe and his wife Barb Raabe; sister in-law Margaret and husband Graeme; and niece in-law Chris Russell and her daughter Zoe, sister in-law Beth Towe and husband Andy. He was predeceased by his parents Andy and Kay Russell, and his nephew Anthony Russell. Funeral arrangements entrusted to EDEN'S FUNERAL HOME (403) 627-3131 HREF="http://www.edensfuneralhome.com">www.edensfuneralhome.com
You will be missed, John Russell.
John was very generous with his time in teaching people about nature and for several years, lead many natural history courses to pass on his knowledge.
John, will be sadly missed.