Russell William Legge, 52: Enthusiastic for life
FALMOUTH — Russell William Legge, 52, of Falmouth, died May 4.
He was born Oct. 27, 1960, in Greenwich, Conn., one of four children of Gail and William Legge.
Summers with Outward Bound and boating on Casco Bay were ideal for him, and winters on the slopes of Sugarloaf were an experience of love. He attended the University of Maine Orono, where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1985.
Legge’s enthusiasm for life followed him everywhere he went. His early jobs were at Sugarloaf Grocers, Shaw’s and L.L. Bean, until he graduated college. His professional life began at the Anton Lab Division of Shape. He found the job he loved when he co-founded First Light Technology.
In 2000, Legge’s life took a dramatic turn as the result of complications of surgery that would develop into syringomyelia. Thirteen years and 34 brain surgeries later, his optimism and humor did not go away, even on his dying day. His concern for others was foremost and when asked about himself he would reply, "I’m ducky." He truly made the best of everything and three years ago he even went sky diving.
Russell is survived by his daughter, Corrie Legge, and his son, Ryan Legge, of Falmouth; his parents, Gail and Bill Legge, of Yarmouth; his sister, Carlyn Crane and her husband, Steve, of Westbrook; his brother, Scott Legge, and his wife, Sara, of North Yarmouth; his brother, Keith Legge, of North Yarmouth; and his niece, Hope Howard, of North Yarmouth.
Visiting hours will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, with a reception to follow.
For those who wish, donations may be made in Russell’s memory to the Greg Francoeur Memorial Fund, c/o Gary Francoeur, 23 Tillsbury Pasteur, Kingston, NH 03848 or American Syringomyelia Project, PO Box 1586, Longview, TX 75606.