LAKE PLACID — Russell Joseph LaHart, 80, went peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Sept. 24, 2011.
Russ was born in Lake Placid on Sept. 28, 1930, the son of William and Marie (Russell) LaHart.
Russ graduated from Lake Placid High School in the class of 1951 and served in the United States Marine Corps in Korea from October 1951 to October 1953.
Russ married his wife, Kathleen “Kay” Ellen Dreibelbis on July 19, 1958, in Lancaster, Pa. Soon after, they moved back to his hometown of Lake Placid, and he worked at the Upstate Vending Company until his retirement. Following retirement, Russ enjoyed working at the Craig?Wood country club.
Russ was the ultimate supporter of his hometown, Lake Placid. He spent more than 40 years as a volunteer marker at the Intervale Ski Jumps, and his ability to fulfill this role before, during and after the 1980 Olympics was a source of great pride. Russ never tired of promoting Lake Placid’s beauty, wonders and greatness. He was also an avid New York Giants and Notre Dame football fan and always found time to cheer on his team.
In addition to his parents, Russ was predeceased by his beloved wife Kathleen “Kay,” his son Lawrence “Larry,” his brother John “Jack” LaHart, and his sister Jean Beaney.
Following the loss of his wife, Russ moved to Queensbury, where he resided at the Cedar’s senior apartments, where he made many friends throughout his five years.
Russ is survived by his daughter Colette Brennan, her husband Timothy Brennan, his grandson Keenan Brennan, and his granddaughter Riley Brennan, all of Queensbury.
His family would like to thank his friends from the Cedars for their friendship, care and concern. The family would also like to say a special thank-you to the staff at The Pines for their compassionate care and support. Barb, Tracy, Amanda and Katherine, your kindness and support is appreciated more than you know. Thanks also to High Peaks Hospice for your support and guidance.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Agnes Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society, Smile Train or High Peaks Hospice.