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Russell David Spencer

August 30, 2023

Russell David SpencerRussell David Spencer, 55, of Watertown passed peacefully at the Hospice of Jefferson County residence on August 30, 2023.

Russ was born April 10, 1968. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Watertown High School in 1986. He attended LeMoyne college and received his Bachelor of Arts in Military History from Empire State College.

His parents, Joan and Russell Spencer predeceased him. Russ is survived by his family including his sister, Jane Spencer of Watertown.

Russ loved discussions of international politics, military invasions, 80’s rock bands and college football. Although he had challenges in life, he was a stoic, brave warrior as he faced death. He was a kind, generous and sensitive soul who loved to laugh and was compassionate to all.

Russ amazed the doctors and nurses when he was released from the hospital after a four-month stay. The doctors called his healing a miracle despite the discovery of advanced cancer. Although his spirit was strong and determined, his body was weak. Russ was deeply touched when he left Samaritan for Hospice and the floor nurses gave him an “honor walk.” Many of them cried and hugged him tightly. He spoke highly of his care and was grateful for every person who took care of him. When he arrived at the Hospice residence, he said, “This place is like a spa in Switzerland run by Martha Stewart.” The second day he told his sister Jane, “They take care of me like Mom would.”

Thank you to the Samaritan doctors and nurses on the third and fourth floor who went above and beyond to care for him with compassion and even visited him at Hospice. Thank you to everyone at Hospice for taking care of him “like mom would.”

Russ requested no calling hours or funeral. Burial will be at his sister Jane’s convenience. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of Jefferson Country, 1398 Gotham St. Watertown, NY 13601. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#14 Mary C 2023-09-06 18:52
Rest In Peace to him.
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#13 Sarah Spencer 2023-09-06 18:46
My last conversation w my brother was last Monday. He was so grateful for the beautiful flowers we all sent him. We had such great memories as children and he will be forever loved and missed by his family who loved him dearly.
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#12 Ray Gould 2023-09-03 08:29
I worked with Russ at Camp Portaferry in 1986. I was 14 and he would have been 17. My Boy Scout troop wasnt very active and working on camp staff became my 'troop'. Russ must have seen something in me and helped me to become elected into the Order of the Arrow. My troop wasn't regularly meeting, and he contacted my Scoutmaster to ask if the troop could meet and hold an election. I was elected and joined the OA shortly thereafter. Being part of the OA and camp staff deepened my lifelong love of Scouting. I never forgot the kindness Russ showed me so many years ago. Blessings be with you Jane during your time of loss.
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#11 Karen Gerken 2023-09-02 09:43
So very sorry for the loss of your brother. It is never easy for those of us left behind, but know he is at peace. All my love snd prayers Jane as you walk this journey of memories with your brother.
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#10 Anonymous #1 2023-09-02 09:28
Had the pleasure of knowing Russ through deliveries I would make to him through the years. He really was a nice guy and it's sad to see that he has passed. The world lost a good one.
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#9 Eric Fitzpatrick 2023-09-02 08:41
I really wished I could have seen you one last time.
You've left me with lots of great memories, especially the parties and shenanigans with the Misfits. I admired your perseverance and positivity in spite of struggles. You were one of the good ones. Rest in peace, my friend.
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#8 David Roberts 2023-09-01 22:32
I will always remember your laughs and Happy Birthday Doom song. It always made me laugh. May this memory bring you light.
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#7 Nancy Kall 2023-09-01 11:26
Jane I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. May you find peace in knowing he is now at peace. I pray God is holding you in the palm of his hand. Hugs to you my friend
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#6 Tim Blodgett 2023-09-01 09:52
Going to miss you my friend gonebut not forgotten.
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#5 Bambi Cole 2023-09-01 09:45
I didn’t know you long but you were always kind. You’re in a much better place, whole and healthy, I will see you again…
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