Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Russell I. Pomeroy

Calling hours will be Friday, August 10 from 5-7 pm at Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield.  Celebration of life will be Saturday, August 11 at 11 AM at North Leverett Baptist Church, 70 North Leverett Road, Leverett, MA 01054.Burial will be privat

NORTH HATFIELD, MA-Russell I. Pomeroy, of North Hatfield, surrounded by his loving family, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a long illness, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.   Born in Holyoke, MA on September 7, 1932, he was the son of Harold and Lillian (Nash) Pomeroy of Northampton.  He attended Northampton schools, and he was a graduate of Stockbridge Agricultural College at UMASS and the J.W. McClure School in Memphis, TN, where he was chosen as one of 50 students nationwide to attend this school to learn how to dress and grade lumber. He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan.  On returning home from Japan, Russ spent three months in the woods trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life.  He started “dressing” raw lumber for sale locally out of the basement of his parent’s home.  Then the decision was made to go into the lumber business. Even though his father, Harold, was working at Smith College at the time, he helped Russ, eventually joining him in the business. They worked out of their basement for a while and then moved to Damon Road, in Northampton for many years as Pomeroy Lumber Company.  In 1962, the business land was being taken to make way for Interstate 91, and because of this they bought the old railroad station in North Hatfield to resume business there in the fall of 1963.  Russ took great pride in his ability to get the best quality lumber for the best price for both the contractor and “do-it-yourselfer.”    In the 1980’s there were three generations of “Pomeroys” working together where they sold lumber, building materials, windows and doors, cord wood and in later years wood pellet stoves and wood pellets.  Always the perfectionist, his wood piles were a thing to be admired.  He could stack wood so tightly that not even a pencil could fit in between the spaces.  Russ was a mentor to many budding businessmen, most of whom attribute some of their success to Russ’s honest advice and example. 


Russ is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Barbara (Kitteridge) Pomeroy, his son, Russell Scott Pomeroy (Susan), West Hatfield, and his daughter, Bobbie Lee Terezakis (Terry) of St. Augustine, FL.  He is survived by his grandchildren, Elisabeth Start-Pomeroy (Christopher) and Margaret Pomeroy, Timothy and Michael Terezakis.  He also leaves behind many friends, and several people that he mentored during his life, including his devoted family friend, David Leuschner.    He is predeceased by his parents, Harold and Lillian Pomeroy and grandson, Bradford Seth Pomeroy.  


Calling hours will be Friday, August 10 from 5-7 pm at Wrisley Funeral Home, 90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield.  Celebration of life will be Saturday, August 11 at 11 AM at North Leverett Baptist Church, 70 North Leverett Road, Leverett, MA 01054.Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Russ’s name can be made to Cooley Dickinson VNA &Hospice, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060 or The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, (AFSP), P.O. Box 417, West Springfield, MA 01089 in memory of his grandson, Seth. 

 

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