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.
Services will be held on a later date.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.zellmanfuneralhome.com.
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.
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.