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Russell Clifford Voorhis passed away peacefully on January 10, 2016, at the age of 87.
He leaves behind three daughters: Susan Balloch and husband Hugh Balloch of Darien, CT, Nancy Voorhis and husband Ted Vansant of Holderness, NH, and Alison Voorhis of Hopkinton, MA, and grandchildren Jonathan Balloch of Washington DC, Katie Balloch of New York City, NY, and Rob Balloch of Darien, CT, Amanda Vansant of Holderness, NH, and Matt and Jamie Relle of New York City, NY, and Lisa, Will, and Emma Relle of MA. He was predeceased by Dorothy Helen Voorhis, his loving wife of 60 years.
He was born in Oradell, NJ in 1928, son of Clifford Voorhis and Alice J Bell. He left N.J. to attend high school at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he graduated cum laude. While there, he forged a friendship with his roommate that lasted his whole life. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, where he met his wife. They wedded in 1953 after Russell served four years in the Korean War and then settled in Alpine, NJ.
Russell had a lifelong career in business and international marketing with Richardson-Vicks/Proctor & Gamble and later formed his own business, EMSCO. His business took him to 33 countries around the world, with the family residing for periods in the Philippines and Puerto Rico, before moving back in the United States to Wilton, CT and then retiring to Williamsburg VA.
In their retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling and visiting family. Their travels took them to destinations in the U.S. and Europe. They both loved trips that were educational and historical, always enjoying the opportunity to learn more. The family often gathered at Rockywold Deephaven Camps in Holderness, NH, a place with many fond memories for the entire family.
Russell was active in many ways. He enjoyed playing tennis and jogging, and pursued these into his later years. He also was an avid gardener and created many beautiful gardens. He had a life long interest in woodworking which began while working summers with his father as a youth in N.J. He learned skills in building and carpentry and in retirement, he pursued fine woodworking.
He was a volunteer at Colonial Williamsburg helping in Archives and Records. Russell was also the family “poet” writing fun witty poems for special occasions. He passed many of these interests and passions on to his children and grandchildren.
Russell was very spiritual and an active member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church in Williamsburg, VA and previously, the Wilton Presbyterian Church in Wilton, CT. Being a member of the choir was important to him and he enjoyed singing in it for many years until his death.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, Va.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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