(The Fisherman's Advocate, September 1, 1933, page 5)
The death occurred here, between 7:30 and 8 a.m., on Saturday morning last, of James Russell, who was for many years a resident of Port Union.
The late Mr. Russell, who was 47 years of age, was a Catalina man, but settled in Port Union about ten years ago, and had, when work offered, been employed by the Trading Company, and fairly steadily at that. James Russell, when in good health, was a good servant. He had been a fisherman and sailor and made about fourteen foreign voyages, in sailing vessels, during his lifetime, two of which he made in foreign-going vessels built at Port Union.
He settled in Port Union ten years ago, and was noted for his wonderful physical strength. In fact, to put it in common parlance, he was "as strong as an ox". It is generally conceded, by those who knew him, that he often overtaxed his strength and four years ago the consequences of such began to be apparent. His decline, however, did not assume serious form until last winter, and in April of this year he was obliged to go up to the General Hospital, at St. John's, for medical attention. An operation, at the hands of Dr. Keegan, ensued and he returned early in May. It cannot be said that he was really much improved, altho' he was able at times to get out and walk to a neighbour's house. About a month ago it was clear that the end was not far off. From that on he suffered intensely, and Dr. Keegan was surprised to learn, when he returned from his own operation abroad, that Russell was still alive.
Deceased is survived by his wife; two sons, Sidney and Arthur, and two daughters Gertie and Martha all residing at Port Union. Left to mourn him also are two step-sons George and John and one step-daughter, Annie (Mrs. Eliol Harnum) residing at Port Union. A brother Samuel, residing here, also survives as do the following sisters Mrs. John Pardy, Mrs. Mark Lodge, Mrs. Joseph Mason, Mrs. Peter Mason Jr. and Mrs. Alfred Sheppard, all of Port Union, and Susie at St. John's and another sister at Truro, N.S.
Interment took place at the C. of E. cemetery, Catalina, on Sunday afternoon, Rev. R. F. Mercer officiating. The members of "Morning Star" lodge, L.O.A., of which deceased was a member, attended in regalia and the church was packed with people of all classes and creeds. It was one of the largest funerals ever witnessed at St. Peter's Church, Catalina. The coffin was covered with floral tributes. The fishermen and labourers of Port Union and Catalina certainly did full honour to a deceased toiler, no less than those who might, is some respects, be considered a bit better off as far as this world is concerned. James Russell was certainly honoured in illness and in death, and it was due to the man's sterling work as a good servant, as a man of quiet disposition, who knew his proper place in life as a humble toiler.
May his soul rest in peace.