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David Holton Russell

April 29, 1936 ~ December 31, 2018 (age 82)

NH Representative David Holton Russell of Gilmanton Iron Works, passed away peacefully New Year’s Eve 2018, surrounded by family. Born in Manchester on April 29, 1936 to Edward Holton Russell and Mary Clough Russell, David will always be remembered for his kind generous way, and his grand sense of humor. His home and heart were always open to friends and family, his blue eyes always bright and true. David was honest and loyal as the day is long, he was also funny ...his tales were long too.


David loved to boat and fish, to ski and snowmobile. David attended Proctor Academy and Colby College, served as Fire Chief and Selectmen in Gilmanton Iron Works for 15 years where he and his wife Barbara owned The Village Store. David went on to serve in the NH House of Representatives for 15 years – demonstrating his deep respect and commitment to his Granite State.

David leaves behinds his family - his loving wife Barbara Louise Hutchins Russell, and his two sisters, Connie Russell of Gilford, and Martha Russell Hammond of Concord. David is survived by two of his three children - Brian Holton Russell of Moultonborough, and his daughter Heather Russell Burke of Kennebunkport Maine, he now joins his deceased son Kevin David Russell. David has five grandchildren, Ian, Aspen, Holton, Marlee and Maya, to carry on his legacy of kindness and spirit of fun. 

A celebration of David’s life will take place in the spring on Lake Winnipesaukee, his happy place. The Russell family sends special thanks to the team at Golden Crest in Franklin, VNA and Hospice, for making David’s last days those of comfort and peace.

Thibault-Neun Funeral Home in Franklin is assisting with arrangements.  For an online guestbook, please visit

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