Russell Trent

Russell L. "Russ" Trent

Friday, March 6th, 1942 - Friday, May 29th, 2020
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Russell L. Trent, age 78, of West Hartford, Connecticut, passed away on May 29, 2020 surrounded, in spirit, by his adoring family and fiancé.

Russell was born March 6, 1942 to parents Lillian Monroe and Russell Trent. Russell lost his father at the age of 11 and as the only son of four children, he was lovingly doted upon by his mother and sisters, Elaine (Trent), Margot (Caves) and Marilou (Moura) his entire life. At a young age, Russell was taken under the wing of his brother-in-law, Thomas “Uncle Tom” McHugh, who guided him toward his career as a Master plumber and pipe fitter with the Local 76. His career included positions with The Wetherell Corp and Tucker Mechanical where he lead remarkable projects such as the construction of the CT Science Center, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos.

In 1965, Russell married the first love of his life, Arleen Braun, enjoying 42 years of marriage prior to her passing in 2007. They raised three loving sons, Russell (48) and “the twins” Christopher and Scott (46) who loved him beyond words. Russell was devoted to his boys; coaching every possible sports team, teaching them to drive (well before the age of 16), sharing the tools of his trade (not always with safety in mind) and taking them on family adventures to Action Park. He embraced his family with riches that had nothing to do with money and his love was felt in everything he did.

In addition to his boys, Russell is survived by each of their devoted families, who know him affectionately as “Papa”. Russell & Jennifer Trent of West Hartford, CT and their children Jordyn (16) & Nolan (13), who knew Papa as their #1 fan, attending every soccer, hockey and lacrosse game while coaching from the side lines. Scott & Gina Trent of Wilmington, NC and their children Christian (9) who embraced Papa’s love for Star Wars and the “Big Kid” Star Wars Legos he would give him & Teddy (7) who simply appreciated how sweet, loving and kind Papa was. And Christopher “Gus” & Emily Trent of Winchester, MA and their children Grady (12) who enjoyed Papa’s “complicated” gifts, including robots and roller coasters advised for children well beyond his years; Charlotte “Poppy” (9) who loved his snuggles and “scratches” & Beckett (7) who enjoyed the all the treats found in the endless candy jar. Papa’s 7 grandkids loved him tremendously and will hold on to these memories.

Russ was fortunate to find a second love of his life with fiancée, Rose “Ro” Murray who loved him unconditionally and embraced his entire family as his own and he, hers. Because of Ro, he grew his family. Loving Ro’s children, Diana Carnelli Norris and Joseph Carnelli, Jr., their spouses Russell Norris and Kathleen Carnelli, and the 5 grandchildren, Daelon, Isabella, Olivia, Cecelia and Julia.
In addition to his large family, Russ is survived by his adoring life-long friends Matt & Carol Sapere and his “Friday Night Group”.

Russell Trent led a remarkable life filled with adoration from many. He will be remembered for his love to debate, endless generosity, willingness to lend a hand to anyone’s household needs, but most importantly, the way he always made you feel truly loved.
A private burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will occur at a later date when all who loved him can safely attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Francis Hospital cardiac or dementia research. Online condolences may be made at
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A private burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will occur at a later date when all who loved him can safely attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Francis Hospital cardiac or dementia research.


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Steve and Claire

Posted at 05:53pm
Our sincere condolences to the whole Trent family. You were all so lucky to love and share your lives with Russell! He was an amazing man!

Mary Parsons

Posted at 06:42pm
How sad to hear the news of the passing of Russ. He was, without a doubt, a kind, loving man, with a laugh that no one could ever replace. Bill and I enjoyed so many Travel Soccer games that he coached, but there is one that stands out in our mind. in New York State. Arleen and I had to watch the boys, running from room to room, up and down the hall, while Bill and Russ were down stairs, having a little libation. After a few hours, I could hear Russ laughing that laugh, in the hallway, only to find them carrying red roses! Till this day, I have never been able to find out where they came from. Just one of many fond memories we have to hold on to, always.
Bill and I send our thoughts and prayers to Russell, Chris and Scott, and their families, as well, to Rose.
Dear Russ, Your final journey in life came way too soon, but only God knows what our plans are for us. We'll catch up, when we see you on the other side! Rest in Peace. Love, Mary and Bill Parsons

Chris and Melissa Wright

Posted at 06:30pm
Our sincere condolences to the Trent Family.
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Tom McHugh

Posted at 04:34pm
A wonderful Uncle gifted with a deep and complex intellect. Russ possessed an inquiring mind that searched not for answers but rather for questions. Russ was truly Captain Nice.

Barb LaVogue

Posted at 11:37pm
Not nearly enough words to express what a wonderful gentleman, husband, father and friend Russ was. I had so many laughs on the many travel soccer trips we took and the station wagon that had way too many kids in it looking as if were going to fly off its tires when Russ would be going a tad too fast around a curve.....I would hold my breath trying to keep up with following behind. I have never met a more loving and close knit family that I so admired then the Trents. Their humor, warmth and just their love of life and everyone around them. If there was one word I could use to describe this family it would be laughter. Hugs and prayers to his children, Russ, Chris and Scott and their families. As well as to his fiancée and her family. I am so glad he found someone after Arlene’s death. Although it has been years since I have seen Russ or the kids, it seems like yesterday. Those will always be treasured memories. I am so sorry for a good man gone too soon. Love, Barb

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