Russell Riddell

Russell James Riddell

1945 - 2020
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Russell James Riddell, of Havre de Grace, MD, passed away on July 31, 2020. He was 75.
Mr. Riddell was born in Long Beach, California, to Russell R. Riddell and Gertrude Hepner Riddell. He was the devoted husband of 54 years to Sandra Ellen Riddell, loving father of Jennifer Riddell Rademaker and her husband Robbert Bijman of London, United Kingdom, and the late Vanessa S. Riddell. He was the grandfather of Nicholas Riddell Rademaker of London, United Kingdom.
Mr. Riddell retired from Chevron Corporation. He was a Loyola High School graduate. He attained a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, an MBA from Temple University, and an MA in History from Towson University. At Lehigh, he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity and began his lifelong passion for college wrestling. Mr. Riddell enjoyed history, particularly of the American Civil War, World War II, naval history, and the oil industry. He was well travelled and multilingual. Throughout his life, he lived in the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Russia. He was known by his many friends as a great storyteller, and for his loyalty and kindness.
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Dear friends
Departing a little bit from the usual services as I wish to speak to you, rather than you folks speak about me.
I have been privileged through my life to have developed many friendships which have endured for many years. Of course, the most important is my beloved Sandra, who supported me throughout my life and gave to me the joy of two lovely daughters. Her life has not been easy, beset by many medical problems, but to the very end she gave me daily comfort.
To my daughter Jennifer, I always cherished your company, be it on safari or in an old dusty bookstore.
To my daughter Vanessa, I enjoyed our laughs and jokes together, and hours watching World Cup Soccer.
To my grandson Nicholas, it’s been a pleasure watching you grow into a fine young man and a very decent human being.
To Dr. Kotiah and her staff at the Infusion Center, my thanks for your expertise and empathy which allowed me to enjoy several years in comfort.
To my Loyola friends, you welcomed me back after many years and it was much appreciated. As for Loyola, I learned a lot of things in college but I was educated at Loyola.
To my friends and fraternity brothers at Lehigh, what a wonderful experience to maintain more than 50 years of continuous friendship.
To my friends at Gulf Oil, there are not many of us left but again a continuous friendship for more than 50 years. Rudy, good luck on your next marathon. Charlie, hope the mackerel come back.
To my friends at Chevron, “I was a stranger and you took me in.” Your help in my assignments was invaluable and your contacts with me in the last couple of years gave me great comfort and appreciation.
To the Sisters from my days at the Caroline Center, you helped me make my retirement years meaningful.
To all my other friends, teachers, and family, know that I remember all of you fondly.
Your friend,
Russ Riddell

My family does not want any floral tributes and I don’t want to direct your generosity, so if you want to make a donation please make it to the charity of your choice.
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Helena Buckles

Posted at 10:32am
It is with the sincerest regret that I have read of the passing of Russell. I am not certain when or when my dearly departed husband Robert Sheldon Buckles met Russell and Sandra. It most probably was during the years when he worked for Imperial Oil. Even though I have never met Russell and Sandra, he always talked about them with great admiration and kept on sending that Xmas letter through out the years. It was always his intention to introduce me on a next visit to the USA. On behalf of Robert and myself, know that you as a family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Helena Buckles

John Caulfieldd

Posted at 01:01am
I went to Loyola High School with Russ and we were both in the Dramatics Society and were in quite a few plays together. Since we both lived in the Hamilton area we would ride home in a car driven by someone else. The car was full one day and Russ said put me in the trunk. He then asked the driver to stop near some people on the sidewalk and he would open the trunk and make a comment. The one I remember is a man and a dog. to whom Russ said, "Hello dog and you too, human."

It was a real pleasure to see Russ and Sandy at the LHS 50th reunion. Our daughter had just moved to Doha and we were a bit nervous. They reassured us. He also talked with me about the oil industry in the Middle East and was fascinating.

Agnes and I are very sorry to learn of Russ's death and extend our condolences to Sandy and his family.

John Caulfield, LHS 1962

Sarah Ferris

Posted at 06:38pm
Russ make working with him at Chevron International Oil Company (CIOC)
fun. He always had the best jokes and I didn’t mind and even enjoyed his off-color jokes (e.g.Superman and the Invisible man). You could count on him. He was principled, honest, and straight-forward. He was key in getting some of us retired and working Chevron oil traders together for a reunion in Washington, DC several years ago. It was great to see him and others and to catch up. (I swear I have the picture of the group somewhere, but haven’t been able to find it yet.) He even came to one of our Bay Area, California Retiree L&T Christmas parties. (I think he had an elderly aunt living in the Bay Area that he wanted to visit.). I am so sorry he’s gone. Sarah Ferris

Wojciech Swinarski

Posted at 11:56am
First time I met Russ at Abidjan (Ivory Coast) where I worked as Operations Manager for Chevron International Oil Company (CIOC).
We spent one day visiting Abidjan and again we met a few years later in London and Russ became my boss in Business Development section looking for opportunities in Eastern Europe.
I am Polish ,fluent in Russian and Romanian and a good candidate for this job.
We travelled a lot through East European countries (mainly by train) and had a unique opportunity to see how those countries were changing in early 90-ties.
When travelling to Poland,Hungary,Romania and Bulgaria we met a lot of Poles travelling all over Europe and selling or buying some goods.Russ declared a new geographical discovery:75% of the globe is covered by oceans and the rest by Polish merchants.
We visited Romania several times (remember dog story) and spent a few days at Pitesti refinery (was for sale at this time).
Refinery's GM Mr.Grigorescu hosted us in a house built specially for former Romanian leader Mr.Causescu.
As we were special guests - Russ got Mr.Ceausescu's bedroom and me (less important and much lighter) Mrs.Ceausescu's smaller
Mr.Grigorescu invited us for "a cafelutsa" - small cup of coffee - cafelutsa lasted 5 hours and no coffee was served.
When Chevron signed an agreement with Kazakhstan related to Tengiz field - Russ and myself moved to Moscow to work on
Tengiz crude transportation to Western markets.
Our first office - one room for 6 people at Hammer building was very modest and only one men's lavatory for several offices.
After a few days in the office Russ came back from this lavatory and said:"I can't understand how Russians won Germans during
the last war if they can't properly aim at a toilet".
Russ couldn't miss visiting Poland to look for his ancestors.
I remember hosting Russ and Sandra at Gdansk (my home town ) - Fahrenheit was born here, Malbork ( former center of Teutonic Knights) and Torun - a medieval town where Copernicus was born. In Torun we visited my mother - English teacher at the N.Copernicus University.
Russ was a real friend always full of joy and I would keep all those memories in my mind.


Pat Scally

Posted at 04:09pm
I graduated from St. Dominic's elementary school with Russell. I saw him about 10 years ago and gave him a picture of our 8th grade graduation class. May he rest in peace!

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