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Russell E. Figueroa
November 6, 1937 ~ December 22, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Russell E. Figueroa, of Maple Shade, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2023, in Voorhees, at the age of 86. Born in Fairview, New Jersey, on November 6, 1937, Russell's journey through life was marked by an unwavering dedication to his family, a passion for the vibrant culture of Philadelphia Mummers, and a successful career as a self-employed entrepreneur in appliance service and sales.
Russell's legacy is lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of over 57 years, Kathleen, and his children: Stephen, Katherine (David), Paul (Theresa), and Karl (Trudi). He was a guiding light in the lives of his grandchildren, Alyson, Stephen, Nia, Daniel, Jonathan, Kristina, Rebecca, Alexandra, Jaclyn, and Justin. He was blessed to see the family grow to include eleven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his caring sisters, Joan, Barbara, and Wendy. Russell was predeceased by his brother William and son, Leonard.
For over 67 years, Russ, “Mr. Fig”, was an integral part of the Philadelphia Mummers community, a tradition he held close to his heart. His creative spirit was most notable in the Palmyra, Woodland, and Durning String Bands. He was also the proud leader of the "Rustics" Mini-String Band that played local events and parades, including the St. Joan of Arc Carnival for 50 years. His dedication to the craft and his love for the music and camaraderie of the Mummers were recognized by his induction into the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Hall of Fame—an honor that spoke volumes about his commitment and impact on the community.
Russ's creative and handy nature extended beyond his musical endeavors. He was a master at his trade, running a successful appliance service and sales business that served his community with integrity and excellence. His work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit were an inspiration to all who knew him, and his ability to fix anything was a testament to his ingenuity and skill.
His memory will be treasured and kept alive in the stories shared by his loved ones and the enduring legacy of his contributions to the Mummers and his local community. His spirit will continue to march on in the hearts of those he leaves behind.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing, Wednesday, December 27th from 6 to 8 pm and again Thursday from 10 to 11 am at the Gaskill-Brown Funeral Home, 33 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville. Funeral service will be celebrated at 11 am, Thursday. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Samaritan Gifts Processing Center, PO Box 71425, Philadelphia, PA 19176