Obituary: Russell Clifford Voorhis, 87

Russell Clifford Voorhis passed away peacefully on Jan. 10, 2016 at the age of 87. He leaves behind three daughters, Susan Balloch and husband Hugh Balloch of Darien, Conn., Nancy Voorhis and husband Ted Vansant of Holderness, N.H., and Alison Voorhis of Hopkinton, Mass., and eight grandchildren, Jonathan, Katie and Rob Balloch, Amanda Vansant, Matt and his wife, Jamie, Lisa, Will, and Emma Relle. He was predeceased by Dorothy Helen Voorhis, his loving wife of 60 years.

Russell was born in 1928, son of Clifford Voorhis and Alice J. Bell. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Cornell University, where he met his wife. They wedded in 1953 after Russell served four years in the Korean War and then settled in Alpine, N.J.

Russell had a lifelong career in business and international marketing with Richardson-Vicks/Proctor & Gamble and later formed his own business, EMSCO. His business took him to 33 countries around the world, with the family residing for periods in the Philippines and Puerto Rico, before moving back in the United States to Wilton, Conn., and then retiring to Williamsburg, Va.

Russell was active in many ways. He enjoyed playing tennis and jogging, and pursued these into his later years. He also was an avid gardener and woodworker. Russell was the family “poet” writing fun witty poems for special occasions. He passed many of these interests and passions on to his children and grandchildren.

Russell was an active member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church in Williamsburg, Va., and previously, the Wilton Presbyterian Church in Wilton, Conn. He enjoyed being part of the choir in both churches.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, Va.