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Russell 'Russ" Reeve
October 29, 2023
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Russell Reeve (Russ) was welcomed into God’s loving arms on October 29, 2023. He was 62 years old. Russ was born on July 18th in Mount Holly, NJ and grew up in Burlington City. He attended Burlington County Vocational School (Vo-Tech) in Westampton, majoring in welding and staying in that field his entire career. It was at the Vo-Tech that Russ met the love of his life, Carmela. Their first encounter happened in the Vo-Tech parking lot, when another boy was trying to date Carmela. She scanned the area for an exit strategy and asked the most muscular guy in the parking lot (Russ) to pretend to be her boyfriend. Russ outright said “No”. When Carmela came back to school later that year with a pretty dress and fresh tan, Russ quickly realized the error of his ways. They were married 6 years later after Russ casually asked "do you want to get married next month?" They spent the next 39 years enjoying each other’s company, watching sports, going to Atlantic City and cooking for one another. They frequented places like Miller’s Ale House and the Medport Diner, where Russ found out the hard way that there are certain places you don’t order seafood. Russ would say Carmela was the best thing that ever happened to him, and she whole-heartedly agrees!
If you've ever met Russ, you would never forget him. He was a crazy man, with stories to match. Like the time he loaded a seemingly dead deer into the back of his Jeep, only to find out the deer wasn't actually dead. We're unsure who was more shocked, Russ or the deer, as it frantically kicked its way through his tailgate on the ride home. He continued hunting for many years and thankfully learned how to determine if an animal was still alive. Russ loved spending time outdoors, fishing, his dogs (especially his favorite Rusty #1), and driving his wife, Carmela, insane. He was a fearless and devoted friend, who stood up for what was right and would always have your back. He was known for being fun, entertaining and wild as hell. There was never a dull moment with him, and his hysterical antics would leave you in stitches. Russ will be remembered as a kind and fun-loving guy, who was always there to lend a helping hand to neighbors, friends and fellow Jeep enthusiasts. His generosity would extend even to strangers, giving to the Gift of Life at the very end.
Russ is survived by his parents, William and Edna Reeve (nee Patane), his loving wife of 39 years, Carmela (nee Astemborski), his brothers William (Diane) and John (Dan), his fur babies Rusty and Hank, and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones.
Services will be held on Friday, November 3rd from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Page Funeral Home, 302 East Union Street, Burlington NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Burlington County Animal Shelter, Westampton, NJ in Russell’s memory.