Russell Serroul

Born: Mon., Jan. 23, 1933
Died: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 26, 2019
Location: Holy Family Parish Hall

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Joseph Russell Serroul
Sydney Mines

It is with profound sadness that we, the family announce the passing of our beloved Russie on Wednesday, December 4, 2018, in the Palliative Care Unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, at the age of 85. After months of failing health, his body finally had enough and he passed peacefully in his sleep.  
Joseph Russell (Russie) Serroul was born January 23, 1933 in Millcreek to Vincent Russell and Josephine (Carey) Serroul.   In his earlier years he sailed the Great Lakes, as did many of his generation.  However, trying to raise a family from a distance was not the life for him, so he changed course and over time, established a very reputable painting business, which he only gave up in his mid 70's.  He was known across the Island as one of the best.  Not one to sit idle, he took up woodworking, where he created many treasures in his beloved garage.  He had many talents. However, his greatest gift was his keen wit and sense of humor.  He had the ability to bring levity to life's most serious events, with the sole intent to make those around him feel better, although he alone would suffer in silence.  This ability, coupled with his kindness and compassion, were the cornerstones of his nature, which extended beyond his immediate family.  As a family we will carry on his legacy, but make no mistake, there is only one Russie.  
With his passing he leaves behind many who loved him well; his wife of 62 years, Bridget (Bea Campbell) Serroul, and his daughters Cathy (Wayne) Reashore, Arlene (Stephane) Serroul-Beauvais, and Michelle Serroul. He is also survived by brothers Butch (Louretta) and Vince (Regina), sisters, Celia (Joey) McNeil, Carol Anne (Danny) Williams, Judy (Peter) Astephan, Jeanette (Brian) Forrest, and Eleanor (Shawn) Serroul, his 7 grandchildren, Shannon Brown, Marc, Meghan and Marybeth Lyle, Nicole, Natasha and Marcel Morrison, as well as 11 great-grandchildren,1 great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.  Additionally, his sisters-in-law, Margie (Bob) Sparks, Lena Aylward, Joan (Clayton) Eavis, Marylou (Darrell) MacIntosh, brothers-in-law Adam (Katie) Campbell, Bud (Barbara) Campbell, Ray (Jackie) Campbell, Howie (Barb) Campbell,
and Wayne (Anne) Campbell.  
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his only son Marcel, sisters Mary, Theresa, and Sandy, brothers Walter, Martin (Sonny), sister-in-law Diane Serroul and brother-in-law Robert (Bob) Aylward.  
It is impossible to sum up ones’ life in these few words. However, we welcome you to join us for a celebration of his life, on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 1:00 pm at Holy Family Parish Hall, Main Street, Sydney Mines.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Russie’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to his family at

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Robert and Judy Hillman
   Posted Wed December 05, 2018
To the Serroul family, please accept our sincere sympathy on Russell’s passing. He painted for us for many years and was always so professional and an amazing painter. The only way we could sum Russell up would be to say he was one of the finest gentleman we ever had the pleasure of meeting. God bless him and your family at this difficult time. Robert and Judy.

Linda Findlay
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
So sorry for your loss Arlene. Hugs to you and your family during this difficult time.

janice mcinnis
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
So Sorry for your loss ; A great man has gone to meet all his friends and family who have gone before him;;

Terry and Wanda Romeo
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
Our sincere sympathy to the Serroul family at this difficult time.
Bessie(Serroul) Romeo, Terry and Wanda.

Colleen King Corbeil
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
Dear Butch, VIncent and family members; So sad to learn of the passsing of your brother. Althougu I did not personally know him, the beautiful description of the type of person he was made me feel as though I had. Most heartfelt consolences to you all - Hugs

virginia chook Lewis
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
So sorry to hear about Russell .prayers go out to the family at this time

Judy Carey Saunders
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
My dear cousins,
I have happy and warm childhood memories of Russie. I remember his many visits to our house to visit Grannie and Papa .He was always kind .My condolences and prayers .

   Posted Thu December 06, 2018

Carol Anne and Bill Lamond
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
Dear Bea Cathy Arlene Michelle and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Russie was a wonderful man who was always pleasant whenever I met him. May all your beautiful memories be with you always God Bless Carol Anne and Bill

Brian J Iannetti
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
Joann and I have known your family for a long time, losing a loving soul like Russell is hard young or old they are sorely missed Joann and I would like to express our sincerest condolences to all your family!!!

Stevie Blackie
   Posted Fri December 07, 2018
So sorry to hear about the loss of Russie my deepest condolences go out to all the family.Russie and i had alot of good years together.RIP

Bud & Barbara Campbell
   Posted Fri December 07, 2018
Dear Bea, Cathy, Arlene, Michelle and family:
We send our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you on the loss of your dear Russie, a loving husband, father and grandfather. We wish we could be with you now, at this time of great sadness, but pleaset be assured that we share in your grief. We plan to join you for Russie's Celebration of Life on January 26/19.
All our love, Bud & Barbara

Barbie Campbell
   Posted Sat December 08, 2018
Dearest Auntie Bea, Cathy, Arlene, Michelle and all of your family

Just want you all to know that I am sending my deepest love and sympathy to all of you:) I will always treasure the times I spent my summer holidays with all of you while I was growing up:) Your home was the happiest place, so often filled with laughter and Uncle Russie's jokes. I love him dearly and all of you as well. I will miss him always. He was the best uncle anyone could ever hope to have. Sending you all big hugs and love:)

Barbie xo

Anthony Risi
   Posted Sat December 08, 2018
My deepest condolences to Bea and her family .
BARBARA 6 My thoughts are with you douring this very difficult time.
Anthony Risi

Anna Martin
   Posted Sun December 09, 2018
Dear Cathy & Family

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt sympathy for the loss of such a wonderful man. I wii say some prayers for strength for your family to get through such a difficult time in your lives

Maggie Devenney
   Posted Thu December 13, 2018
Dear Arlene & family....I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Thank you for sharing how special he was to you and your family. Hugs and prayers to you all at this very difficult time. Maggie

Paula (Pero) Keeling
   Posted Fri December 14, 2018
Dear Mrs. Serroul, Cathy, Arlene and Michelle:
I so wish I had been able to attend the funeral and see you all and tell you I was so very sorry for your loss. It never gets easy no matter how old we are. Take Care.
Thinking of you,
Paula and Donnie Keeling

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