December 31, 1936 - May 09, 2015
Russell "Chick" Dermond passed away suddenly on May 9, 2015.
Russell was a member of the US Navy as well as a two time Olympic
Flatwater Kayaker. He also served as Manager of the US Olympic Canoe
and Kayak Team in 1972. He had a lifelong love of paddling and
canoe sports and recently received the "Legends of Paddling Award" from the American Canoe Association. He was also recently inducted into the American Canoe Association Paddlesports Hall of Fame.
Russell was married on November 22, 1958 to Joan Banholzer and had 56
wonderful years of marriage. He is the beloved father of Jean (Brian)
Gunn, Kevin (Susan) Dermond, Leslie Mengersen and Bonnie (Will)
Rhoades. He is also the adored grandfather of Sean, Corinne, Lianne,
Janie, Eric, Bridget, Brendan, Jenna, Emily and William.
Russell is survived by his sisters, Barbara Horan and Nancy Falasca,
and brother, Carl Springel, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his name to:
American Canoe Association-Sugar Island Fund
c/o Mrs. M. Banholzer
221 Wynmere Way
Seneca, SC 29672
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Emory United Methodist Church, 105 East Main Street, Hancock, NY.
Russell will be greatly missed by his family and friends.