OBITUARY

Brian Edward Russell

August 6, 1973June 4, 2018
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Brian Russell passed away on June 4, 2018 from injuries sustained during a car accident.

Brian was born on August 6, 1973 in Woburn Massachusetts, the son of Mary Sullivan & Charlie Russell.

Brian’s early years in Woburn were vibrant – playing basketball at the YMCA, attending Catholic school, working banquet service at a local hotel and culminating with a degree from Boston College. After settling down in North Carolina, Brian began working for Honeywell International as a Software Specialist. Yet, from his ‘pahk-the-cah’ accent to his love of all things Patriots and Celtics, Brian remained deeply Bostonian.

First and foremost, above all, Brian loved his family. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Kathi, and their three children, Elizabeth, Brendan and Jackie. Brian and Kathi were blessed to have found each other, and spent 10 years raising a family, traveling, and taking in life together. Brian had amazing relationships with his eldest step-daughter Elizabeth, middle step-son Brendan & his youngest daughter (from a previous marriage), Jackie - active, fun & always looking for their next adventure. This special bond with his children will forever live on in their hearts.

Brian’s love for his cherished family extended to many - his father, Charlie, who moved to North Carolina from Massachusetts to be closer to his son; his mother, Mary, who passed away in 2015; his sister & her husband, Hope & Nick; his aunts and uncles – Claire and Bob, Linda and Earl; and his cousins who were more like siblings, Tracy and Mike. Brian called, wrote, visited, and always stayed in touch.

Brian’s devotion to his family was strong and unconditional.

Brian loved sports, and he never missed a chance to root for his teams. He was an avid basketball player, from his early years at the YMCA to his walk-on spot at Boston College to his Cary Leagues & YMCA teams in North Carolina. Brian even loved supporting local high school sports, and attended just about any game he could.

Brian found friends wherever he went. He was a captivating storyteller, a joker, and, when the time was right, a great listener. He had a special way of providing unconditional friendship, forging rich and lasting relationships with those he met. Brian’s life was full to the brim, and he could not help but fill up those around him. His smile lit up a room and his laugh was contagious.

Brian’s legacy is this: Those who knew him have been changed for the better. He lives on through his family and his friends, and while gone, will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the YMCA in the community of your choice.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Saturday, August 4, 2018
REMEMBERING

Brian Edward Russell

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Kevin Klinge

August 6, 2018

Brian, it is your birthday (just TODAY?). I thank God for allowing me to have a friend such as you at work, one who has made me and many others better for this. There aren’t many who would get me to church on a Monday morning, but it IS your birthday and that’s enough for me.
I miss our many talks and observations that ranged from the small (sports and TV), to what’s really important (family, time away from work, vacations, …life). You made many smile and laugh over anything to make the job just a little more fun than it otherwise should be.
Condolences to your entire family and the many other friends you’ve known and touched throughout the years, as we heard many great stories on Saturday. While we’re all hurting with your sudden loss, we thank you for what you brought into our lives. I will always be thankful for our time and lasting memories at Elster/Honeywell together.

Laurie Smillie

August 4, 2018

Good bye for now Brian we all will meet again . From the very first day we met you , you became a big part of our family. Though we lost touch when you moved away your name and Charlie’s name came up quite often with a smile . Love you Brian may you rest in heavenly peace . Laurie Smillie and Family

Karen Hankins

August 4, 2018

After such a beautiful service and hearing all the stories about Brian I sure feel I missed out on knowing him. But I am glad my dear friend Kathi was able to have the Brian experience, just for far too short a time. My heart hurts for each of you. Thank you for so openly sharing your memories of Brian.

Lisa Bielat

August 3, 2018

We met Brian and Kathi at our son, Nick's wedding to Brian's sister, our beautiful daughter-in-love, Hope. Sounds complicated, but it wasn't. From the moment we met Brian, we could feel his genuine love and warmth. We instantly became family! When Brian and Hope's mother, Mary, went to Heaven, Brian and Kathi invited us to come on the family's annual vacation to Emerald Island. We were welcomed in with open arms and considered ourselves blessed to be a part of a now larger family! The summers we spent with Brian, Kathi, Elizabeth, Brendan, Jackie, Dan, Claire and Bob, along with Hope and Nick and our other son, Andy, were amazing! His love for family was so evident in all that that he said and did. The memories we made will last a lifetime and will never be forgotten! I can still hear the all too clear and happy announcement of "It's my birthday!" resonating throughout the beach house for the several days prior to and, perhaps, a few days after the event! Brian, your ever cheerful, positive and outgoing look on life was truly infectious and will be a legacy to us all! May each of us strive to reflect that spirit in all that we do! You are deeply missed! Until we meet again in Heaven, my friend!

Much love,

Lisa and Mike Bielat

Dan Zaratsian

August 1, 2018

I moved to NC in 2007 and Brian was one of my first friends down here. In all my time with Brian, he always had a chill and outgoing attitude towards life. Throughout our friendship he would pass along advice and life lessons. Much of the advice resonated with me and will I will forever remember Brian for this. Whether it be practical advice or funny stories delivered in his thick Boston accent. He was sincere, honest, and showed strong love for the people and hobbies in his life. I'm so sorry to see you go Brian, and I want you and all your loved ones to know that you've left many memories with me that I will remember forever.

Dan Fuhrmann

July 31, 2018

I didn't get a chance to interact with Brian a lot, but we would talk about our love for our respective NFL teams. Being a Buffalo Bills fan, he was always encouraging and never acted superior, even though he's team has owned us for the better part of the last decade. I am sure he will be greatly missed by his family. He was a great guy.

Paul Sawyer

July 21, 2018

Brian was one of the best people I ever met. Just an all around great guy.
I knew the moment I met him we would be friends forever.
Distance did not change that .
We stayed connected and spoke frequently always connected through our Woburn roots.
I am so saddened by his loss but I’m a better man because he was my friend.
I will never forget him

I loved him
Godspeed Brian
Paul

Keith Hondlik

July 19, 2018

Meeting you two for your anniversary, Was meant to be glad my daughter and Blue Parrot got us together. Had a blast the whole weekend on the lake.

Nicole Hudson

July 16, 2018

You are missed my friend. I carry you with me always.

Tracy Abraham

June 12, 2018


You are much too young to be gone so soon
There was so much left to do
So much left to see and experience in this wonderful life

Your zest for life, laughter and happiness was infectious
You reveled in the joy of bringing people together
Unabashedly loved your family & friends
Always seeing the good in others…never an unkind word spoken

Your energy is missed
Your laughter rings in my ears
Over the sound of my quiet sobs

I will miss you each and every day
I will remember your booming laugh
The way you threw your head back when you did
Followed by those happy knee slaps

You were a true joy
I’m blessed to have been a part of your beautiful life
And I will miss you terribly…
I already do.

BUT I know that you would tell me
That you love me back – a whole bunch
And that I need to take care of everyone else
Left behind.

I’m comforted knowing that you’re with our beautiful Aunt Mary –
back in your mama’s arms
And all the others that have gone before you
Getting everything ready
For when we’re all together again….

Until then…I love you Brian

~Tracy

Biography

Brian Russell passed away on June 4, 2018 from injuries sustained during a car accident.

Brian was born on August 6, 1973 in Woburn Massachusetts, the son of Mary Sullivan & Charlie Russell.

Brian’s early years in Woburn were vibrant – playing basketball at the YMCA, attending Catholic school, working banquet service at a local hotel and culminating with a degree from Boston College. After settling down in North Carolina, Brian began working for Honeywell International as a Software Specialist. Yet, from his ‘pahk-the-cah’ accent to his love of all things Patriots and Celtics, Brian remained deeply Bostonian.

First and foremost, above all, Brian loved his family. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Kathi, and their three children, Elizabeth, Brendan and Jackie. Brian and Kathi were blessed to have found each other, and spent 10 years raising a family, traveling, and taking in life together. Brian had an amazing relationship with his eldest daughter Elizabeth, middle son Brendan & his youngest daughter (from a previous marriage), Jackie - active, fun & always looking for their next adventure. This special bond with his children will forever live on in their hearts.

Brian’s love for his cherished family extended to many - his Father, Charlie, who moved to North Carolina from Massachusetts to be closer to his son; his mother, Mary, who passed away in 2015; his sister & her husband, Hope & Nick; his aunts and uncles – Claire and Bob, Linda and Earl; and his cousins who were more like siblings, Tracy and Mike. Brian called, wrote, visited, and always stayed in touch.

Brian’s devotion to his family was strong and unconditional.

Brian loved sports, and he never missed a chance to root for his teams. He was an avid basketball player, from his early years at the YMCA to his walk-on spot at Boston College to his Cary Leagues & YMCA teams in North Carolina. Brian even loved supporting local high school sports, and attended just about any game he could.

Brian found friends wherever he went. He was a captivating storyteller, a joker, and, when the time was right, a great listener. He had a special way of providing unconditional friendship, forging rich and lasting relationships with those he met. Brian’s life was full to the brim, and he could not help but fill up those around him. His smile lit up a room and his laugh was contagious.

Brian’s legacy is this: Those who knew him have been changed for the better. He lives on through his family and his friends, and while gone, will never be forgotten.