Michael F. "Mickey" Russell, 77, died Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. He was the beloved and dedicated husband, best friend and soul mate of Deanna J. (Rubin) Russell. They were married for 56 years. Born in Concord, he was raised in Hyde Park. Mr. Russell was a resident of Stoughton for over 50 years. He was the owner and founder of Mike's Bait and Tackle Shop and M & D Laundry, both in Stoughton, and operated them for many years. He was an autobody technician by trade, and for many years, prior to becoming self-employed, he worked for Dentch Ford in Stoughton and for South Shore Buick in Quincy. He was an extremely talented mechanic and auto body repairman and continued to repair and restore cars after his retirement. To say he was a great handyman was an understatement, as he could fix or build anything, often without a manual. He was a carpenter, mechanic, painter and builder for both friends and family. He was self-taught in so many things – most currently learning and keeping up with computer technology and the latest gadgets. In earlier years he enjoyed fishing and boating. As of late, he enjoyed staying physically fit by biking and walking daily. He also enjoyed doing work in his yard. Mickey was a dedicated father who, in his free time, enjoyed spending time with friends and family. In his earlier years he enjoyed doing anything with his children and was always involved and supportive of their hobbies and interests – from hockey to horseback riding he was doing it right along with them. In the later years when his daughter took up her passion of horseback riding again, he very rarely missed a horse show or event.
Mr. Russell was the father of Michele A. Russell of Norton and the late Richard T. Russell. He was the brother of the late Carol Crocker, Ruthie Bisceglia and Richard "Richie" Russell. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law Robert Rubin of Brookline and Donald Crocker of Arizona, cousins Margie and Chuck Rose of GA, who were thought of as more than cousins, along with several other cousins, and many adoring nieces and nephews who will cherish him forever, and always refer to him, affectionately, as Uncle Mickey.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a future date. Donations in Mickey's memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 101 Station Landing, Suite 510, Medford, MA 02155, or at www.Redcross.org