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Russell DuBois Richards, Jr.
  • 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!


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by David Weeks on 16th November 2014

"Blessed Earthstrong!!"

This tribute was added by Kiki Hurtault on 27th May 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Angela Christian on 14th July 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Omar Cruz on 8th June 2013

"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"

This tribute was added by Dana Positive Vibrations on 31st May 2013

"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..."

This tribute was added by olga rodriguez on 29th May 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Annette Harrigan on 27th May 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Michelle Charles on 25th May 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Bruce Smail on 25th May 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Monique Springer Smith on 23rd May 2013

"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!!"

This tribute was added by Natasha Smith on 23rd May 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Amani Weusi on 22nd May 2013

"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!"

This tribute was added by Stephen Bertrand on 22nd May 2013

"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!

--Livity International"

This tribute was added by John christopher on 21st May 2013

"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 !"

This tribute was added by Cynthia Henry on 21st May 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by David Weeks on 20th May 2013

"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...

Blessed Love"

This tribute was added by Caravella Johnson on 20th May 2013

"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!"

This tribute was added by Dariann Luzunaris on 20th May 2013

"My love and condolences to my cousins, Wes & Greg. Your big brother will be missed."

This tribute was added by Benito Torres Jr on 20th May 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Ark Aingelle on 20th May 2013

"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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