December 15 2019

Obituary: Beloved Family Man, Korean War Veteran, Russ Gould, 89


A beloved family man, United States Navy Veteran and past Commander of the American Legion in Burlington passed away last week. 

Russ Gould passed away at Care One in Lexington on Thursday afternoon, December 12, 2019, he would have celebrated his 90th birthday on January 12th, his obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home states. 

Russ was born in Boston and was raised and educated in Cambridge. He lived in Arlington for a period and then moved to Burlington where he had lived with his beloved companion Pat for the past 30 years.  

Russ was a veteran of the Korean War, serving his country in the United States Navy.  He served from October 24, 1950 until being discharged in August 22, 1952 while stationed in Norfolk, VA. Russ was very proud of his service to his country.

After leaving the Navy, Russ worked at the Watertown Arsenal for over 20 years. After his retirement he found his “dream job” as a bartender, working at different locations, including the American Legion. 

“With his outgoing personality, it was the perfect retirement job,” his obituary says. “He loved his interaction with his customers. Russ worked at the Stephen James House and the Woodbridge Inn in Cambridge and the Pride of Erin in Watertown.” 

However, Russ’s favorite place to work was the American Legion in Burlington. 

“He wasn’t just a bartender at the Legion he was an active member,” his obituary reads. “He was a past Commander and was very involved in all the activities that the Legion members participated in. Russ also made many lifelong friendships at the Legion.”

Click here to read his full obituary.


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