Y loses a beloved member of the family

The Waynesboro YMCA lost a beloved member of its family on Saturday with the passing of Russell Culver, 74, who died on Saturday, April 17, after a battle with cancer.

Culver had been a member of the YMCA staff since 2002. He worked in the fitness center and also led new members on tours of the facility.

He was born in Manchester, Conn., on March 1, 1936. Culver grew up in Buckland, Conn., and served in the United States Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He graduated from The Ward School of Electronics as an engineering technician and started working at General Electric. GE transferred him to Waynesboro in 1965, and he remained here the rest of his life.

Culver was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesboro for 45 years, where he served as a lector, a Eucharistic minister and played the role of Saint Nicholas at Christmas.

He was also a lifetime member of the Jaycees. In 1973, he began bicycling and never stopped. He rode across the United States at the age of 54 on the TransAmerica Bike Trek, starting in Seattle, Wash., and finishing in Atlantic City, N.J., in 47 days. The trip was a fundraiser for The American Lung Association and raised more than $12,000.

He also rode in many RAGBRAI’s, Ride the Rockies in Colorado and Pedal the Peaks in New Mexico and also served as the president of the Milepost Zero Bicycle Club.

Culver is survived by his brother, Roy Culver and his wife, Karen; his two sons, Mark and John and his wife, Maggie; and his daughter, Kerry Watts and her husband, Luther. He was the proud grandfather to Ben Culver and Patti Carpenter; and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Culver loved the Boston Red Sox, his back deck and a glass of good red wine.

Visitation will be held at McDow Funeral Home from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

A funeral mass will be held on 11 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 2010, at St. John’s, and burial will follow in Buckland, Conn.

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