- 51 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 16, 1961
- Place of birth:
Frederiksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, U.s.
- Date of passing: May 15, 2013
- Place of passing:
Oakland, California, United States
|Russell lives on in the hearts of all who know and love him.|
The St. Croix memorial took place on Wednesday, June 26, at the American Legion Hall in Frederiksted and was attended by many friends and family. The spirit was uplifting and, despite a few tears, a stirring celebration of Ibednego's life. People shared stories, readings, songs, good food and warm fellowship.
Special thanks to Pastor Love, Iria, Aunt Claudette, Lena, Batch, Ras Attitude, Lissette, Tony and Tippy for their vital contributions of words and music to the ceremony and to all who decorated, served food and shared thoughts in the celebration.
It was a touching outpouring of love and blessings that Ibednego would be humbled by. Truly inspirational and HIGHLY BLESSED!
"It is with a heavy heart that we learned of Bendigo's passing. It was a true Blessing to have known him. He will always be remembered. On behalf of Sanman and I, Condolences to the family. Rest Peacefully My friend."
"Butch was a good man, aware, easygoing, and talented, with a real love for these islands. My condolences to the family and to all who knew him."
"Jah light bless you in Zion Ibednego
My condolence to his family in St croix and PR
I have great memories when I played with zioniers our travels our ital cook job a friend teacher and brother RIP"
"My deepest sympathy to Russell/ Ibednego's family. May Jah bless you with strength and comfort in this time. I cherish the memories of time I spent with Zioniers. Laughing, smoking, and watching the Basketball play-offs, not to mention the fantastic shows I was blessed to attend. You will live forever in my memories. Rest well my friend..."
"A Rasta Man who plants seeds of peace and love. Our youths remember you every day and have all good memories in their hearts. Tayma ,Bomani and Aswad carry your vibes, your lessons and your livity. We love you for ever. A model of love and strength."
"My deepest condolences to the family of Russell. I fondly remember Butch as his classmate at St. Patrick's School, Frederiksted. He always made me laugh and shared the biggest smile himself. I truly hope his life was full and that he was able to continue sharing his unique sense of humor. My God help his children find comfort in family at this time."
"My condolences to the Richards family. I am happy I was able to reconnect with him after all those years. It was nice talking to him. Friends since St. Patricks school. Your heart and mind is now at peace. Much love Butch."
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Russell. We were classmates back in St. Joseph High School. May the many memories uplift you during these sad days. Rest in Peace Russell----Bruce E. Smail."
"My condolences to you Greg and Wes and to your entire family! Over the years our lives have taken us all in different paths. Although we haven't seen each other much in recent years, I've cherished my relationship with my God brothers. May you have Peace in your hearts and lots of Love surrounding you in your time of need!!"
"My deepest condolences on the passing of your brother Greg i was blessed to get to meet him at the wedding and i was shocked to hear of his passing i hope and pray that you and your family find great peace during this difficult time may his soul R.I.P."
"My beloved, your memory lives on in my heart. Your legacy, your livity, your music and your love were gifts and live on, continually inspiring me to be the 'Higher" me. I give thanks for all that we shared, we are complete. I bless you to the Heights of Light and Love. I know you will be with us always. I feel your love Love you now and forever. Blessings and prayers to the Family!"
"Any friend of Tuff Lion is a friend of mine, deep respects and condolences to Russell's family and friends. We will miss him and the gift of music and friendship he shared with us. Blessings & Love!
"To The Richard's Family,
Please have my deepest condolences to your love one,
May God comfort you and give you his peace, during this difficult time.
God bless Russell Jr, and the Richard's family . Sleep on Brother .
We'll Never Say Good-bye...
sleep on !"
"My condolences to you and your family Wesley on the lost of your brother. May the peace of God be with everyone and He gives you the strength to deal with your loss. Love you my friend. My prayers are with you."
"To the Richards Family, I pray that you find joy, peace and comfort, in the memories that you shared with Russel. Always carry these memories with you...
"Greg, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. You and your family have my deepest condolences and prayers. May God comfort you and give you His peace during this difficult time. God bless and much love!"
"My love and condolences to my cousins, Wes & Greg. Your big brother will be missed."
"Big loss in the reggae world and to all his family, to my brother in laws keep your head up and stay strong, love you guys l still can't believe, and I love you guys."
"Quadamawe Haile Selassie I...gyv tanx fo life fo de gyvn of tanx in da land of the livin... No broken bones no sudden death... Itinual life... Everlasting peace... I gyv tanx fo knowN yu sharing muzik wit yu being blessed with your grace... Itinually wit ini in ini yaadition journey... Till we reach mount zione igheeee aieeee ahheeee I... mOOr LoVe... mOOr IzIz... mOOr LyFE..."
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