Our beloved and dearest father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle … Hubert Warren Russell, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018. He was called home and went in peace to be with his Lord and Savior. This dedicated servant of God was a mentor to those who worked with him. He showed diligence and thoroughness in whatever task he was given.
Warren or Uncle Warren, as he is known to all, was born on November 13, 1925 to (the late) Phillip Russell and Margaret Black Russell in St. Ann, Lime Hall, Jamaica, West Indies. The youngest of three children, he had strong Christian values and morals, never took sides, showed honesty, sincerity, wisdom and endurance in strength and tenacity.
Warren attended private school and church in Lime Hall where at a very early age he learned how to serve the Lord in his duties with all his heart and mind and soul. He achieved many accomplishments, having served three years in the Jamaica Battalion (previously served in J.H.G.). His rank was Corporal. His trade on enlistment was cabinet-maker and service trade – rifleman, as well as Section Commander. Warren was honorably discharged with very good military conduct, and he received the War Medal. After military service, he worked in Jamaica Prison Service for fifteen years, from April 21, 1952 to August 25, 1967. When Warren migrated to the United States of America, he enrolled in the Manpower Development Training Program and earned a certificate as a machinist during the Summer of 1969. Although he was enthusiastic working as a certified machinist, Warren had to find a different line of work because numerous factories were closing, and employment offers were very few. He moved on and worked as a messenger at Chase Manhattan Bank for over twenty-five years, showing and exemplifying good work ethics.
While working as a prison guard, Warren met and married his longtime, lovable bride, companion and friend of fifty-eight years, (the late) Cynthia E. Russell, on October 26, 1957. They moved to Kingston, Jamaica and eventually migrated to the United States of America, where they decided to make Brooklyn, New York their home. Warren and Cynthia had something special in common which was their love for the Lord and full dedicated service to the church. He became a member of Duryea Presbyterian Church on November 21, 1971, and used his talents, skills and expertise to become the most beloved and devoted Elder to the best of his abilities, serving on numerous committees. Our love, spirit, and memories of him still live on, and they will always be a part of us now and forevermore.
Warren’s surviving loved ones are: his son Raymond C. Russell; his daughter Lonnette A. Russell; two nieces: Beryl Gibson and Winnifred Minot; two nephews: Ashley Russell and Neville Russell; and a host of other family members consisting of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, godchildren, in-laws, and close devoted friends.