Mr. Russell E. Minkwitz, Jr.

  • Born: June 5, 1946
  • Died: September 15, 2015
  • Location: Walpole, Massachusetts

James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home

48 Common Street
Walpole, MA 02081

Tel. (508) 668-1960

Tribute & Message From The Family


Russ died at home on September 15, 2015 after battling ALS for several years. He was 69 years old. Born in Boston, he was the son of Ruth Mahler Minkwitz and Russell E. Minkwitz Sr. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Carol Soule Minkwitz, their three children: Russ and his wife Christen and their 3 boys Nathan, Matthew and Noah; Laura and her daughter Kayla; and Eric, as well as five siblings Steve, Rick, Judy, Barb and Deb and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Russ grew up in Canton, MA and attended Canton High School where he was Co-Captain of the Canton Bulldog Football team, played Ice Hockey and was inducted into the Canton Hall of Fame as a member of the 1964 High School Track Team.

In 1967 he married his high school sweet heart while attending Pennsylvania State University (PSU) earning an Electrical Engineering Degree. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Russ played Football for PSU under legendary coaches Rip Engle and later Joe Paterno.

He and Carol and their soon to be born son moved to Erie, PA after college where he worked for many years at General Electric Aerospace Division. While at GE he was invited to attend GE's prestigious Crotonville Management Training Center. He also was a member of the Lunar Roving Vehicle engineering team, one of the earlier unmanned vehicles that explored the moon. In Erie, he attended Berhend College to attain a Master's Degree.

Russ and Carol with help from many friends and family built their first home along the shores of Lake Erie. During that time, Russ represented GE and worked in several European and Asian countries. This began his love of travel and photography.

Longing to return to Massachusetts and family, they moved to Marshfield and he worked with a Braintree manufacturing firm, then later with a company that made oxygen concentrators and finally with Aerovox, where he was promoted to several executive level positions through the mid-1980s to 1992. In 1992, he bought a struggling manufacturing company that made reels for the wire and cable industries. Driven by his entrepreneurial skills and sheer determination, Russ revitalized Millbrook Reel, Inc., and the company had a number of good years until he became ill with ALS.

While living in Marshfield, he and his brother-in-law founded ACT, Concerned Taxpayers Association. He also worked on PLUG, an organization dedicated to putting lines underground, in Walpole.

Russ loved teaching his kids about the outdoors and athletics, including the finer points of football, basketball, and skiing. When his grandkids arrived, he especially loved teaching them how to ski, swim, hike and perform scientific experiments. They frequented their grandparent's home and worked on projects with wood and electronics and learned how to make his specialty Dutch Pancakes. Outings with his kids and grandkids included weekends away in New Hampshire skiing or floating down the Saco River or taking the train to Boston to learn about museums and historical attractions. Russ also loved exploring the North End and the waterfront to find the best Italian meal or strongest espresso. Carol and Russ also enjoyed week long summer vacations to Big Sur, Italy, Greece, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany and Egypt.

He and Carol have lived in Walpole for 34 years where they have been members of the United Church of Christ and active in local politics.

His family wants to publically thank the ALS organizations that have raised money to help ALS patients receive needed medical equipment and supplies. Without their support, the struggle with ALS would have been even more challenging. We also want to thank our wonderful home care team of home health aides, nurses and other professionals. The wisdom of Partners VNA and the MGH ALS Clinic was especially important in helping Russ to fight this disease at home. Their caring touch was very comforting to Russ and his family.

A celebration of his life will be held at United Church of Christ, 30 Common Street, Walpole, MA on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers please make any charitable donation to Compassionate Care ALS, PO Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574, ccals.org, 508-444-6775 or The ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter, 315 Norwood Park South, 1st Floor, Norwood, MA 02062. Arrangements by James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Russell Minkwitz was my classmate in high school. He was handsome, a great athlete, and a very good student. He was a true scholar-athlete.

Russell was a truly nice person. He was soft spoken and modest. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was good natured in general and took kidding well.

I met Russell at our 40th reunion. He hadn't changed at all. He was the same modest, soft spoken, intelligent, friendly, articulate person. Modest in spite of his considerable achievements in so many areas, his full life, his large and loving family.

I have great memories of Russ, who was one of my favorite classmates. He lives on in my memory.

Posted by Roger W. Smith - Maspeth, NY - Friend   October 18, 2015

Russell Minkwitz was my classmate in high school. He was handsome, a great athlete, and a very good student. He was a true scholar-athlete.

Russ was a truly nice person. He was soft spoken and modest. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was good natured in general and took kidding well.

When I met Russ at a later date, at our 40th class reunion, he hadn't changed at all. He was the same modest, friendly person. Modest in spite of having had a very successful life in many respects. I truly admired him.

I have great memories of Russ, who was one of my favorite classmates. He lives on in my memory.

Posted by Roger W. Smith - Maspeth, NY - Friend   October 18, 2015

Deeply sorry for your loss. Russell was a great person and a great boss. I had the pleasure of working for him. I was his secretary at Aerovox. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Posted by Roberta Silva - New Bedford, MA   October 08, 2015

My deepest condolences go out to the Minkwitz family. Just wanted to let you'll know that I had the privilege of working with Russ at Aerovox. He was a great person and was loved by all. He will really be missed by all. R.I.P. Russell.

Posted by Marie Cathcart - No. Ft. Myers, FL   October 07, 2015

My deepest sympathies to Russell's family. I worked with Russ at Aerovox. He was a terrific man and I'm glad I had the pleasure of working with him. RIP Russell.

Posted by Debbie Richard - New Bedford, MA   October 07, 2015

So sorry for your loss. Thankful Russell is at peace.The video is a wonderful tribute, loving memories to treasure.
My thoughts and prayers are with you,

Posted by Candee Wanamaker - N Billerica, MA - friend of Debbie   October 04, 2015

To Carole and family

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. As I grew to know Russ I was amazed at his spirit and the love of his extended family.
When Russ and I debated the political scene for the coming election I was glad when I made him smile. He never saw things the way I did and his continued conservative position made for many a thoughtful evening. My thoughts are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort - Carol

Posted by Russell Minkwitz - Walpole, MA   October 02, 2015

CHS class of 1970.

Posted by peter Garson - Canton, MA   September 24, 2015

I worked very closely with Russ over the summer as a HHA. He truly changed me as a person for the better. He taught me to appreciate things more and he changed the way I looked at the meaning of life. The family was the most welcoming family I've ever met. Sadly I had to move onto college and stop working for him. Russ truely was a good man and I'm so thankful that I was able to help him and his family during his battle with ALS. R.I.P Russel i will remember you forever.

Posted by Anthony    September 24, 2015


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