Russell Templeton


May 1931 – August 2021

Russell Stewart Templeton passed away at Riverview Gardens on August 9, 2021.

Beloved husband for 67 years of Shirley (Anakin), dear father of Randall (Helen) and Elizabeth Postma (Bill), grandfather of Tiffany (Ryan), Briana (Mike) and Katrina and great-grandfather of Arlo, Douglas and Wiley.

He is also survived by sisters-in-law Norma Templeton and Mary Jean Anakin and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Russell was predeceased by his parents Russell and Ella Templeton, his brothers James and Jack, infant sisters Grace and Shirley and his brother-in-law Douglas Anakin.

Russell was born on the family farm during the Great Depression. He attended SS No 8 Dover, Chatham Collegiate Institute and the Ridgetown College of Agricultural Technology.

Throughout his life, Russell continued to study and learn, obtaining many certificates including Certified Financial Planner. Russell was a past president of the Windsor Branch of The Appraisal Institute of Canada. A member of the Rotary Club of Chatham, a Paul Harris recipient for service and a past director of the Chatham-Kent Community Foundation.

Russell’s health failed him and he became a resident of Riverview Gardens until his death. The staff gave Russell wonderful care; kind, thoughtful and professional. A very special thank you to the staff on fourth floor east.

Cremation has taken place and a private family farewell will occur at a later date.

Donations in Russell’s name to the Rotary Club of Chatham or the Anakin-Templeton Fund, Chatham-Kent Community Foundation would be appreciated

Silver Wings
Someday I’ll be leaving this place,
To another world,
To where people fly on silver wings,
With gowns as white as pearls.
I’ll be leaving my worries behind, in this place that I thought I knew,
To where people fly on silver wings,
And the skies are always blue.
And I’ll touch your face and say I’m sorry,
But it’s really time to go
To where people fly on silver wings,
And the stars and the fireflies glow.
I’ll reach up and stand on a cloud,
I’ll call down to you,
From where people fly on silver wings
And where I’ll always be close to you.
Tiffany Templeton


24 Comments on “Russell Templeton”

  1. We are sorry to hear of your loss, The Rotary Club of Chatham was grateful for his years of service.

    1. Sending our deepest condolences to Russ’ family. As Rotarians we are very grateful for his service and dedication to our Club and to our community. May your memories together bring you comfort.

      Alysson Storey, Tom Storey and the Storey family.

  2. Russ was one of my favorite fellow Rotarians back in the day. He was always very welcoming toward me when I was a new young Rotarian and to his credit was one of the reasons that I remained in Rotary. He often talked about his family, asked about mine in return and we also enjoyed talking about each others work as well. A fine gentlemen and a nice guy!
    Please accept my condolences.
    Paul Mayrand

  3. Shirley, Sorry to hear about your husband. Condolences to you and your family. Treasure the memories.

  4. Dear Shirley,
    We are so sorry to hear about Russ. I know you have many wonderful memories to keep in your heart. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Sincerely, Gaye and Garry

  5. Peggy and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you, Shirley, and your children.

    Please accept our deepest sympathy

    I always enjoyed visiting with Russ. We worked together on a number of Rorary programs, in particular the Easter Seal – raising funds for crippled chilldren. He was always so enthusiastic about helping.

    I will miss him.

    Charles and Peggy

  6. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family Liz. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  7. My sincere sympathy to you, Shirley on the passing of Russ. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Elizabeth Barr

  8. Dear Liz and Bill, our deepest sympathies on the loss if your father. We hope you have many happy memories to comfort you at this time of sorrow.

    Ilona and John Quesnel

  9. Dear Shirley and family
    Sorry to hear of Russ’s passing. We have fond memories of your place near Ridgetown with all the beautiful gardens. And of course enjoyed all our visits through the University of women.
    Wishing you God’s peace, Bill&Annalee

  10. Dear Shirley and family,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Russ. I have many fond memories of him as an enthusiastic volunteer on community service projects. I’m thinking of you at this difficult time and wishing you peace and comfort.
    Prayerfully yours,
    Maxine Robbins

  11. Dear Shirley,
    So sad to read of the passing of your husband.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    May you find strength to get you through this difficult time.
    Anne Haydon

  12. Dear Shirley,
    Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Russ. We have many fond memories of his wonderful hospitality at your place near Ridgetown.
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this sad time.
    Bill & Alice James

  13. Shirley, my sincere condolence on the loss of Russ. He was such a wonderful man, I was pleased to have gotten to know him during his time at RVG. My Mom and Dad spoke of him very highly. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    Keri McGregor (daughter of Hub and Audrey Green)

  14. Shirley; Our sincere condolences. Russ was a very fine man, and we know that he will be missed very much by his family and many other friends and associates. His was a life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Sorry to hear of Russ’s passing. I haven’t seen you guys for years but remember Russ when I first started at FCC and him showing me the ropes. Our condolences for your loss .

  16. Shirley and Family ~ Extending our sincere condolences in the passing of Russ. The boys have very good memories of the years farming for you and Russ and did indeed appreciate the opportunity. May you and yours be blessed with comfort strength and peace in your fond memories. Fred and Cheryl

  17. My deepest sympathy to this lovely family during this difficult time. It has been a long time but I remember him as a patient and always loved seeing him. Nancy from Dr. Wolting’s office – previously Dr. John Boekhoud’s office

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