Russell James Percy

September 29th, 1946   -   October 17th, 2020


It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Russ on Lake of the Woods, Saturday, October 17th, 2020.


Russ was such an exceptional man in so many ways. He had so many passions where he connected with everyone he met. His dedication and excitement was found in teaching and starting the chess club at King George, hunting and shooting at The Lake of the Woods Gun Club, hockey with his team Shooters, motorcycling with friends and going to Sturgis, running the Smoke and Fish Derby and in the passion that he brought to his everyday life with his family. He will be remembered in the heart of his wife of 40 years, Karen (Gallinger). Also cherishing his memory are sons, William and Gordon, daughter Anna (Jamie) and granddaughters Abigayle and Emme. His sister Lainie (David), brothers Randy (Lucy), Jeffrey (Dixie), and his nieces and nephews; Mandy, Margo, Adam, Ashley, Katelyn, Scot, Jamie and Taylor. Russ is predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Doris Percy, and his mother-in-law Wanda Cormylo (Redden). 


Music was the thread that connected Russ throughout his life. His love of music was set in stone at an early age when he was encouraged by Sister Rose to “boogie” on the piano, instead of playing the conservatory music. Music took Russ beyond Kenora enriching many lives, he played in many different bands but started in the early years with The X-L’s, then with Satan and the D-Men, which had a huge fan base. Russ was proud to play music every place that he travelled around the world.


Russ was known for his deep love for his children and grandchildren. He was so very proud of their accomplishments and was always there. He loved spending time fishing in the summer, hunting in the fall, hockey in the winter, or just sharing good times at camp with family and friends. After retiring, Russ and Karen did lots of traveling. They made their way to Morocco, the Nile, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, Nevis, China, and lastly a trip to Sparwood B.C. to elk hunt with his son. There were many new friendships made along the way. No one enjoyed life to the fullest the way that Rusty did and he touched the lives of everyone along the way.


The family would like to thank the EMT services for their care and compassion at this difficult time. Due to COVID-19 and the limitations we are postponing his celebration of life to a later date. In lieu of flowers, if they wish, friends may make a donation to a charity of their choice.