Patricia “Trish” Russell

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Patricia “Trish” Russell passed away bravely and peacefully while surrounded by her family on September 8, 2021, at Chapman House, Owen Sound at the age of 58. Loving mother of Tavia Caplan (Alex), Tagan Tryon (Jarrod), Shannon Charland (West), and Drew Caplan (Emily). Cherished and exceptional daughter of Charles and Silvia Russell. Beloved sister of Tim (Tina) Russell and Erin Russell. Proud grandma to Jackson, Rylee, Harper, Kieran, Tessa, Finn, and Briar.

Trish was a teacher of love, life, and happiness and was an inspiration to all. In her career as a high school teacher, she shared her passion for learning and ancient history with thousands over the years. She went above and beyond for her students, always seeing the best in them and going out of her way to ensure they succeeded. She travelled the world, exploring ancient ruins and cathedrals, whole heartedly immersing herself in every culture and civilization. She had a Polynesian soul, always drawn to the water, and she found her solace on her beach in Leith where she stayed until the very end. She loved her family more than anything and showed true strength as she fought to stay with us for as long as she possibly could. Words cannot describe how deeply missed Trish will be by her children, parents, grandchildren, extended family, and friends.

In following Trish’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service was held at Lakeview Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow. Due to COVID restrictions, please sign up on the Smith Funeral Home website to attend the funeral service and reception:

As an expression of sympathy, please make any donations to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Canada (ALS Canada). Memories and condolences may be sent online at or



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