Russell C. Bird, formerly of Mattituck, died Jan. 4, 2018 at the Long Island State Veterans’ Home in Stony Brook. He was 80 years old.
He was born on Oct. 15, 1937 in Mattituck to Samuel and Adrianna Bird.
He served n the U.S. Army from 1961-1963. He attended Farmingdale State College, Cornell University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the State University at Stony Brook. He was a professor at SUNY Farmingdale.
In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, horticulture and travel.
Predeceased by his sister Mary Lou Lick, he is survived by his wife Judith (Faller) of Brookhaven and his brother Samuel of Queens Village.
Services are private. Interment will occur in the spring at Cutchogue Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Peconic Land Trust, P.O. Box 1776, Southampton, New York 11969 or the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue, 228 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays, New York 11946.
Coster-Heppner Funeral Home is assisting the family.