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Russel Anthony CaldwellPhoto courtesy GORMAN-SCHARPF FUNERAL HOME
Russel Anthony Caldwell

Photo courtesy GORMAN-SCHARPF FUNERAL HOME

Former HBA president dies

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Russel Anthony Caldwell, past-president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield and the founding principal of Caldwell Construction Inc., died Dec. 10  in his home due to complications from pancreatitis. He was 56.

A visitation is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Dec. 15 at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 E. Seminole St., with funeral services to be held at 11 a.m. the following day at the funeral home, according to an obituary posted on the funeral home's Web site.

London, England, native Caldwell was a member of the HBA since 1995 and had served as board president, vice president, treasurer and secretary, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

In 1998, HBA honored Caldwell with the Builder of the Year Award, along with Sam Bradley of Sam Bradley Homes. The award is the highest honor given by the HBA.

Before becoming a remodeler and builder, Caldwell served as a professional chef and, in 2004, coordinated a wedding reception for the son of then Attorney General John Ashcroft.

In a January 2005 SBJ article, Caldwell said he studied culinary arts in England, but upon moving to Springfield, he decided to pursue a career in construction.

"I kind of have the belief that the remodeling experience can be a pleasure," Caldwell said at the time. "I saw a need for a company that would provide a high level of professional service, and thought I could develop it and did."

Caldwell earned the HBA education designation for master builder and graduate remodeler, and he was the first remodeler to serve as president of the local HBA chapter, according to a statement from the HBA.

"Mr. Caldwell was instrumental in working behind the scenes to make Springfield a better community for those who suffered economic challenges," HBA's statement said. "He will be greatly missed."

Caldwell is survived by his wife, Jane; his parents, Catherine and Tom Caldwell, of Mildenhall, United Kingdom; two brothers, Terry and Andrew; his stepdaughter, Amy Bergant; and two grandchildren, Michael and Zoe.[[In-content Ad]]

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