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Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre

1969 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, ON

OBITUARY

Jack Eugene Russell

September 29, 1942June 29, 2020

After a long journey and many amazing memories made, Jack has finally left us to play the best game of golf, chill at the 19th hole, and, catch the biggest fish of all.

His positive attitude and strong will to live, allowed him to fight his battle longer than most, and allowed his family and friends extra time to create many new memories with tons of laughs and stories to tell and share for years to come.

Born and raised in Riverside, son of the late Eugene (1981) and Ilene Russell (2017) and brother to the most awesome sister, Mary Thompson (John Hopkins). Supportive and Loving Father of John (Jenna Heimdal) and Ryan and wife Alyssa and a very loved Papa of Samantha Moore, Mckenna, Caili and Adalynn Russell. Loving Uncle to Paul (Giota) Thompson and Andrew (Jennifer) Thompson and families. Dear nephew of Betty and Al Hajnal and will also be missed by many cousins. Jack was loved as a teacher throughout his career teaching at King Edward, Dougall, Prince of Wales and Benson. In 1986, he did an exchange program with his students at Benson and went to Baker Lake, NWT where they had the trip of a lifetime. Talking about those stories years later would make Jack's face light up as he recalled those memories. He was a past member and president of AKO Fraternity and he loved being a member at Erie Shores Golf and Country Club where he spent many days golfing, laughing with his buddies and enjoying life. He taught his sons how to fish up at St. Joe’s Island and, supported them in all their sports endeavors as well as, his grand daughters at theirs. He always looked forward to spending time with all his hilarious and supportive buddies; Richard, Neil, Charlie, and Ken, and many more at Tom Foolery’s, Cramdons and the golf course. Jack was a diehard Leaf’s fan, where he instilled the Leaf’s madness in his boys and grandchildren. He loved going with his son Ryan to a Leaf’s games once a year and playing in the football pools with his son John, while rooting for the Lions. Jack loved Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, old Western Movies, playing cards with John and his mom Ilene, and fishing on his son Ryan’s boat up north at Balsam Lake. His infectious smile and laugh could make anyone’s day brighter and will be missed by everyone that knew him. Thanks to John Hopkins, the family treasures their trips to the cottage at Balsam Lake, and before that, up at St. Joes Island together, where Jack was always the last one to bed and the first one up to get out on the boat. After arriving at Erie Shores Hospice just over one month ago, the family spent as much time as possible letting Jack know how much he was loved and appreciated. We are happy to know his last memories will be of his granddaughters and family serenading him by singing karaoke in his room while he listened and smiled after not responding for over a week.

The family would like to thank Dr. Al-Judaibi and Dr. Mujoomdar, as well as Dr. Brahmannia and his most awesome administrator, Melissa Alton. With you not giving up on Jack, we had 5 extra years with him when he miraculously left palliative care in 2015. You gave him more than just time. You gave him a second chance and he was eternally grateful to have you in his life. To the nurses and PSW’s at Erie Shores Hospice; Brandi, Erica, Chris, Cris, Lucy and many more as well as Social Worker Elizabeth and all the ladies in the kitchen. Thank you for your compassion that you shined on Jacks final days as you allowed us all to honor his life as we so needed to do, for all the great food you cooked (BEST BLTs!!) and for talking with us and sharing Jacks life story. To all of Jacks friends, you know who you are and how special you were to him and are to us. You are like our extended family and we are so thankful Jack had you in his life. Thank you to Dr. John Hopkins, always going above and beyond for Jack throughout his illness, and for all your love and support for Mary and our family.

As cremation has already taken place, an interment and celebration of life will occur at a later date.

Services

No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.

Memories

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Paul Thompson

July 12, 2020

Will always treasure the memories I have of my Uncle Jack. His beaming smile and hearty laugh will never be forgotten. From introducing me to football, many hours spent fishing with John and Ryan, and golfing together the day before my wedding; his passion for sports made an impact on me. Forever in my heart. Love you Uncle Jack! Your nephew Paul.

Lucy Carreiro

July 12, 2020

I will never forget his smile and laugh while at Hospice. He IS the reason I love my job! We had a lot of laughs in such a “sad” place and I was very sorry to hear of his passing. Him and I both believed “miracles do happen “ May he find eternal peace and golf and fish for eternity. May sincere condolences to you all and I know he will forever be missed and that the pain and emptiness in your hearts be forever filled with the wonderful memories!! Xoxo

Ryan Russell

July 7, 2020

Hey Dad, Ryan here....
I'm still writing to you as if you are still at your condo in Leamington. Each day has been no easier since you've passed. I will never forget how you were always there for John and I, no matter how much shit we were in. I owe you so much back in life. I will honour what we talked about in the garage that day. I will always remember you telling me to stay positive and you always saying 'I'm good, I'm good', even when we all knew how bad you were feeling. I will keep your strength going, my best friend. Till we meet again, I love you Dad.
Love Ryan
Thank you everyone for all the great memories and sharing them with us. Your memories mean a lot to the whole family.
Ryan Russell and Family

Rose Barlow

July 7, 2020

I have many memories of Jack, having been his sister Mary’s best friend since grade 5. In those days he felt like a big brother to me too.
More recently Sherry Denomme, his sister Mary and myself helped move him into his condo in Leamington where he lived for the last few years. I remember how excited he was to get his own place again, a car and was able to continue playing golf. Jack lived life to it’s fullest and always with a big smile. He will be missed.

si vacratsis

July 7, 2020

dear john and ryan
very sorry to hear about your fathers passing.jack was a great guy .spent very good days teaching with your dad at benson and more fun days having a beer with him at tomfoolery's.
hope you remember those great times you had with your dad forever.
sincerely
si vacratsis

Linda zajac

July 7, 2020

Ryan, John, Alyssa and family

I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I know you were very close to him and shared a lot of memories fishing golfing and hockey. Cherish the good times. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Linda, Scott, Julie and Jeff Zajac

Heidi Allen-Marois

July 6, 2020

Mr. Russell was my Gr.8 teacher and by far my favourite! So many memories and such a great smile to make you feel at ease. I will always cherish those! So sad to hear of his passing and sorry for your families loss he was a great man, teacher, and friend.. Rest in peace

it's albout Mr. Russsell.. former student

July 5, 2020

Mr Russell. That name along with his teaching cohorts, Jung, Kohuch, Smith, Brown, Thompkins, Breault, omg, sooo many brings me back to childhood. You know the school. Although the memories fade with time, it is teachers like Mr. Russell that puts a stamp on your DNA. Look at his teaching career, the schools he went to, mostly city schools and that speaks volume of him to help kids like we were. His actions spoke his personality. He recruited kids to AKO from those schools. He gave his time to the kids whenever he could (I am sure his wife back then thought he had 40 kids!). He sacrificed his lunch time, (him and Kohuch) to let a bunch of eager sports crazy kids play floor hockey. He lent out sports equipment to the local kids to use on the weekends.. footballs, soccer balls, bats, balls you name it... and I am sure that he didn't seek permission to do it, it was just his nature. One time we returned a football that got caught up in the fencing, poking a hole and deflating the football thinking we be in trouble... he took it in stride, "it happens, an accident with a smile"... These stories are from a lifetime ago and the family may not have heard these stories from his early days of teaching, but stories like these resonate from a man that you looked up to as a kid and he wore the role model in his heart and on his sleeve. I am sure you will miss him.

Ross Miles

July 5, 2020

We were great buddies from day 1, starting in public school.
I realize great friends to the end.
Saw him at a Riverside Reunion and saddened by his passing.

Mary Thompson

July 5, 2020

I will miss my brother so much 💔😄 Jack taught me strength, determination and the ,” Will to Live.” I am overwhelmed with all the wonderful comments from past students and friends and the impact that Jack had on their lives!
Although his last weeks were sad and difficult, Jack gave us time to tell him we loved him, we shared memories and gave him permission to release himself from pain and sickness .
I will miss my brother and our daily phone calls . I take comfort in knowing he is now with our mom and dad .
Love you Jack, forever 💔
Your sister, Mary

FROM THE FAMILY