- 45 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 12, 1968
- Place of birth:
California, United States
- Date of passing: Nov 30, 2013
- Place of passing:
California, United States
|Riding Iron Sleds forever...|
This memorial website was created in memory of our friend and colleague, Russell Trounce. We will remember him forever.
Please support the Trounce family -- His wife Allie, and five children: Cassidy (8), Lauren (11), Adam (15), Tanner (18), and Nick (21) -- at this time of their most urgent need with your donation to the Russell Trounce Memorial Fund. Details here or donate now.
"Sleep well my friend, hope things are good in the other dimsension.., Noel"
"Still feel like I can just pick up the phone and call you. You are forever in my heart, Russ!"
"Russ, amigo, te extrañamos mucho!"
"Russ, look at all the people whose lives you touched. What an amazing legacy."
"hi russ! it's bittersweet seeing your children growing up to be such wonderful people. you, and now especially allie, have done such an amazing job. you inspire me every day. miss you."
"Hey Russ - you still the man brother. Never forgetting bro."
"Thinking of you, man."
"Thinking of you every day, Russ"
"hey russ -- watching the niners game and sad that we won't be able to chat about it tomorrow, but it brings me joy when i think about all the great times we had in the past. so much i want to talk to you about -- i guess it'll have to wait until we see each other again. you're always in my thoughts bro. miss you and love ya!"
"Happy bday Russ. You're still in our thoughts, not forgotten. Till we meet again brother."
"Thinking of you today Russ. X"
"I just received a reminder that it is Russ' birthday today. Thinking of you and often wonder what you would do with this or that situation in life or at work."
"I only just learned of Russ' passing, and I am heartbroken. The last time I spoke with Russ, he reached out and called to let me know that Larry died. It was terrible and tearful, but cathartic to reminisce together. To hear that Russ is gone, too, it’s too much. We shared so many experiences together at IDOC/BGS. We "grew up" together professionally in those years, advancing through the organization at similar paces with Russ on the Sales side and myself on the Operations side. When he first moved into a management role, it was inspiring to see how seriously he took it. He was put in charge of a group of young, independent salespeople that (from the outside) appeared a bit like wrangling cats (no offense to any "cats" reading this!). But Russ was successful. He was a great listener, collaborator, and persuader. I learned from him, too.
There is one memory in particular that I wanted to share. The timeframe is shortly after BGS moved into the new office on San Vicente. Several of us were together discussing an Important Client Meeting scheduled for an upcoming day. Russ had not been part of the scheduling process, and told us all that he couldn't attend because he had committed to a whale watching trip with his son. He got pressure from many sides to change his plans or find a workaround of some sort, because it was Very Important. Russ was generally a flexible guy and perhaps this is why the memory remains with me so strongly. On this situation, he wouldn't budge. He had made a commitment to his son, he made it clear it would be too disappointing to BOTH of them to miss the trip. These many years later I don't remember the client, the meeting, or the business outcome. But I remember Russ and his commitment to and love for his family, his kindness, humor, and how he lived his principles. Gone way too soon."
"Ruuuuusss! How are you man? Hope you're not making too much of a mess up there :-D There's not been a week in the last two years when I've not thought about you. You're still a major inspiration to me as a true American icon. Take good care! Cheers, Frederic"
"On Oct 7, 2013, at 1:42 PM, "Russell Trounce" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I was just thinking about how I miss you being around…Elanex. You may feel otherwise, but I do miss you being here. How are things? We ought to catch up sometime. Are you around?
PS: this was an email from Russ to me just a few days before his passing. Out of the blue he pinged me to say he missed me around at our company. I miss you too, Russ!!! I think of all I have learned from you and so many of us have benefited from your wisdom and easy going style. I was fortunate to be able to catch up with Russ on Skype after this e-mail ....and the news a few days later. I am still in shock."
"Russ - thinking of you today, missing having you around every day."
"i still think about you all the time buddy. i miss seeing you when you come up to seattle. i miss im'ing with you spontaneously. i miss chatting about our niners. i miss hearing you talk so lovingly about your family. and most of all, i just miss YOU. ㅠㅠ"
"Happy Birthday big guy - thinking of you today."
"Whenever I see your name come through in emails, I still can't believe it. For a second I think it was just a bad dream, and I can email you or call you and hear "Heyyyyy Shea!!!!!!" Happy Birthday up there, buddy! My prayers to your family today and everyday! Miss you, boss!"
Wow. I met you over a decade ago playing church ball. I didn't see this coming. You were a great man, always there to lend a hand or simply listen if needed, and the impact you had on me, whether you knew it or not, was huge. The world lost a great man, but heaven gained one. May you rest in peace, and until we see each other again.
"Always keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers..."
"Hi Russ - One year already. Gosh I miss you! Hope you have been riding the clouds up there with your 10,000cc Harley! Send a sign from up there once in a while... Take care, man!!!"
"I saw the news for the first time only this morning and am in shock. While I didn't have many opportunities to work closely with Russ at Bowne, I remember him to this day to be kind, optimistic and always smiling. I send my deepest condolences to the family."
"Russ, not a day goes by that I don't think about you or revisit a memory. Big guy left a Big hole. Allie and I chatted the other day and I know you must be so proud of your family. RIP my friend."
"I don't know how many times I've wanted to pick up the phone and call you... only to remember that I only need to look up and within now. Thanks for still being there for me. Congratulations on Nic's engagement! You are loved and missed, and let me know if there's anything I can do for Allie, Nic, Tanner, Adam, Lauren and Cassidy. BTW, if there's anything you can do about our Niners up there -- our last game was horrible! I'm sure you're working on it... :-)"
"Our wish that today is filled with wonderful and loving memories for Allie, the kids and the Trounce family."
"Today, in your honor, I will find some time to play golf, love my kids unconditionally (OK I admit I do that every day), be the best person I can be and go eat sushi for dinner. Still miss you lots, my friend! Happy Birthday!"
"Happy Birthday my friend."
"Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss.
I worked with Russ remotely when at Tek and he was a true gent. I can't believe someone with so much talent has been taken from us so soon.
I am sure he will be watching over his family - keeping you all safe.
Sleep tight Russ x x x always in our thoughts"
"Dear Allie and family, I have been so saddened by this over these last weeks. I now know I was so lucky to have had that wonderful 1 hour conversation at Loc World in October after quite some time. I wasn’t able to come to the memorial in person but wanted to share that conversation with you. None of it is new to you--he was so proud of (tanner I think?) and couldn’t wait to pick him up in South Africa. He was proud of all the family. We marveled at the journey of life, about all that had passed since we had met at IDOC/BGS in the 90’s. I was happy to have found him just as before--a peaceful, confident, unwavering friend/man of family and faith. I believe I found him happier and even more resolute in those traits. Was it more wisdom or was I just late in noticing it? How fortunate he was so productive and impacted so many so early in life. My family and I are so very sorry for your loss. Russ, I appreciated all I learned from you and the kindness you showed me, especially during 2 key events in my life. I will remember you and your family often. RIP/RIF.
Lara (Shackelford) Daly"
"I am Elder Velez of the Colombia Cali- Mission, May Heavenly Father bless him and his family, any man that give part of his life to be a missionary and help others, like Russ did in Colombia, God already has a place for him in his house, Russ is with Heavenly Father, and his family will be bless for the his kindness and Good deeds of helping people in Colombia! Until we meet again!"
"Very sad to hear of Russ's passing. My heartfelt sympathy to Russ's family from an old BGS colleague. A more genuine guy you will not meet. May he rest in peace."
"So sad to hear the news of Russ' passing and sending my deepest sympathies to Russ' family and friends. No words are enough to ease your pain but know that the way that Russ lived his life is a model, and inspiration, to many. RIP, RIF (well put Shane) and God Bless."
"I did not know Russ well. Whenever we spoke at a conference or meeting, was struck by how clear, strong and healthy he was. He was friendly, upbeat and forthright. It saddens me to think about his death and leaving his family. It is also clear that his family, imbued with his strong spirit, will grieve and move forward in a similar fashion"
"What sad news... I knew Russ very briefly after Lionbridge acquired BGS, but his big smile and kind personality left an indelible impression of a good person. My heartfelt condolences to his family."
""….Verily, unto God do we belong and, verily, unto Him we shall return."
2:156 Holy Quran
“Treat people in such a way and live amongst them in such a manner if you are alive they crave for your company and when you die they weep over.”
Sayings from Imam Ali From Nahjul Balagha (Peak of Eloquence.)
Russ, truly embodied the above saying as was evident by the respect and outpouring of love I witnessed from his family and community and the numerous participants from so many different backgrounds at his memorial, not to mention the hundreds of people from around the world who’s hearts he touched that would have loved to attend if they could have.
I want to wish the family and the extended family of my dear friend Russell my deepest condolences and pray for Gods helping hand at this time. May he grant all of you the patience and perseverance necessary to carry on and thrive.
As a believer in the Supreme Creator, we know that his soul is in the hands of the merciful and Just Lord and there is no better place to be. While at BGS, Russ and I often shared our spiritual beliefs with each other openly and we always came away with an overwhelming feeling of commonality, respect and kinship, though we were from different spiritual traditions.
Thank you Russ for being my friend and a mentor in my career as well as to the many of us who worked with you over the years: We all owe you our gratitude for touching our lives, and improving them from having you been a part of them."
"It is hard to put words to such sad news, and it seems so unfair that you would leave this world so early. My heart goes out to your family. May you rest in peace."
"Big smile, lots of energy, clear sense of discipline, committed, dedicated -- a force to be respected, a presence to bask in."
"We are all deeply shocked to hear of the sudden death of Russell.
Unfortunately, I never had the meeting him in person, however, it was such an honor I could worked with him not only at Elanex but BGS and LB.
I would like to offer my deepest sympathy and my thoughts are with his family at this most difficult time of loss.
"It was my great pleasure to work with Russ for several years after the Lionbridge, BGS merger. Russ was a true gentleman. He was a compassionate leader at work and always put his family above all else. My prayers are with the Trounce family. Rest in peace Russ."
You are a great guy ! RIP"
"I cannot put into words what I have been feeling all week. Russ was an amazing person, father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. It has been my privilege to know him for 19 years and my heart is breaking for all the Trounces whom I love so dearly. Russ, may you be blessed to share in the experiences of your family from heaven, and may the time be short until we all meet again. Much love to the Trounce family. From Laurie White"
"Russ my man, I met you on a Tuesday. It was shortly after the BGN/BGS merger and I came down to the OC to meet my new boss... at your house. Your daughter had piano lessons and we spent a few hours listening to her play while we talked clients, 49ers, family and aspirations. A few hours later we were playing ball with your friends. 12 years later, we have walked many roads together, shared many good times and some tough ones (though it never really felt like it)... we last touched base on a Tuesday, a quick Skype exchanging Thanksgiving wishes and a sign off of "let's talk soon". I'm sorry we will never get that conversation, and thankful for all the ones we did have. RIF (Rest In Fun) my friend."
"I am writing on behalf of AYSO Region 5, U12 Girls Team "Eliminators", and The Gordon Family(Jeremy, Ronda, Alyssa, Aliyah, Adrianna, Nathan and Chase). I did not personally know Russell well. But I have had the pleasure of coaching Lauren and speaking with Allie on many occassions. The smile and "full of life" you all speak of in remembrance of Russ shines through Lauren. I know where her smile and joy of life comes from, a loving home. Our thoughts and prayers our with all of the Trounce Family and Friends."
"Russ – I had the pleasure of working with you closely for the past few years, and in that time you became a friend and mentor. You were a truly genuine person with outstanding values, and left a positive influence on all the lives you touched - you will we greatly missed."
"Entre 1987-1989 serví como presidente de la Misión Colombia Cali. Fue allí donde tuve el privilegio de conocer a Elder Trounce. Su inesperado fallecimiento conmueve profundamente mi alma. Russell Trounce fue un misionero ejemplar, amado y admirado por sus compañeros. Su amor por la gente de aquel maravilloso pais, su disposición de servicio y su fe inquebrantable en el Señor lo convirtieron en un eficaz instrumento en Sus manos. Han transcurrido 25 años desde entonces. Los jóvenes que él enseño han cumplido misiones y sus hijos están saliendo a cumplir misiones ahora. Al menos dos generaciones de conversos tienen motivos hoy para dar gracias a Dios por la maravillosa vida del elder Russell Trounce...! Paz en su tumba!"
"Russ and I worked in the same team for many years before I left BGS to work for Ask Jeeves. Although since then we did not get to work together again, but I am happy that we were able to cross path many times in our journey of life. The last time we met was on October 9. To my surprise, after many years the big guy was still the same big guy I used to know back in BGS 14 years ago. A fun and honest person I enjoyed hanging out with. Someone who you can rub shoulders with without feeling uncomfortable. We were supposed to meet again for lunch before Thanksgiving, but I postponed the meeting – as I did not want to over eat before the Holidays. Now I’m regretting for turning down his invitation. Russ, I remember you said you were tired sometimes, and how much you love your family. You’re a good man, honest person, and loving father and husband. As such, I'm sure heavan has a place for you. R.I.P. Russ, and God bless your family."
"Russ, I do not know how to accept this. I met you the first time at Bowne 15 years ago. I was new and a little bit confused. I came to your desk to help you on your laptop issue and I saw what a caring person you are. Your smile, your advise .... the lists go on. God has his own plan. RIP my friend. I will miss you and I will always remeber that honest smile."
"Russ was a friend and mentor. He was a leader, a man of strong values, positive vibes and unlimited enthusiasm. I admired him for his dedication to his family and for his love of life. I'm sorry we never got to say goodbye, Russ. You will be sorely missed."
"Russ was a gentleman and a scholar. What really set him apart for me was our shared passion for making ice cream. He pointed me in the direction of "Ben and Jerry's" ice cream recipe book which is now literally falling apart at the seams. He was a swell guy who had his priorities set in all the right places. My future ice cream endeavors will be forever sweetened as I will be reminded of Russ."
"Although we only ever met over the phone Russ, you were always so helpful and fantastic to work with over the years. I am so sad to hear this news, my heart goes out to your friends and family. Rest in Peace."
"I am so saddened to hear this news. It seems impossible that someone so full of life and smiles can be gone. You have touched the lives of so many of us that had the pleasure to know you and work with you. My heart goes out to your family. The pictures are exactly how you will be remembered."
"Russ, when we went visited a customer back in the IDOC age, I offered you a Coke and you told me you do not drink any coke, coffee or tea for the religion reason. You then joked that you can make exception at any time. From that moment on, I knew you are disicipline, honest, and trustworthy. It's always fun and joyful working with you.
Brother, RIP. God has added another set of angel wings but we will miss you forever...."
"Fue misionero en mi país hace más de 20 años. Lo recuerdo como un hombre muy alegre y con mucha determinación. Siento mucho su muerte y solo deseo que su hermosa familia tenga paz y que no olviden que gracias a este maravilloso evangelio podrán estar juntos por toda la eternidad... Que Dios los bendiga y les de fortaleza y valor!"
"Big. Lifted everyone. Builder of men."
"Russ, I am so saddened by this news and still find it hard to comprehend. The picture here is exactly how my memories of you are, with the big charming smile. Thank you for changing my life by recruiting me into your team and changing my career path. I owe you depths of gratitude for this. I never saw it but I can picture you on the surfboard staring out at the horizon waiting for the next big wave :)."
"Russ, I had the privilege of knowing you and working with you at IDOC and Bowne. When I look back at all the moments I have seen you, you always had a smile on your face. I can't recall you being upset or angry ever at someone. I still cherish the trip to Europe where we (you) drove from the south of France to Milan with Jill and Aaron. Good old times. You made us take lots of pictures of you so you could show to your family. You were always the role model of a great family man, dedicated husband and father. The world will miss you. I will miss you. Rest in peace, my friend."
"Although I only worked with Russ for a short time, he was fun and enjoyed life to the full. Allie, so sorry for your family's loss."
"I met Russ when he first joined IDOC nearly 20 years ago. He is one of the people I admire most and I think of him when I need the inspiration and motivation to be a better person -- manager, friend, husband, father, etc. When I moved from LA to SF, he helped me pack and drove up with me -- because I was nervous about driving a U-Haul (yes, he drove). He comforted me in my darkest days -- when the Niners would get eliminated from the playoffs. I have so many memories with him that I will cherish forever. He was such a good man that I have faith that he must be serving a greater purpose now, because otherwise his passing would make no sense and be too unfair for me to accept. I'll miss you terribly Russ. Rest in peace, my hero."
"10 years ago, we met at church and while on campouts with the youth, we chatted sales, play, and most important - family. 3 years later you asked me to join your team. I believe my response was, " you do locali-what?" Obviously you were a great sales person because you didn't give up. After a few months of follow ups, we had lunch and the rest is history. Two companies together and a long friendship that I will always remember. Every time I see your icon on Skype now, it reminds me how fragile life can be, even for the best of individuals - which you are. I'm thankful we were able to sit in your living room and chat for an hour a few weeks ago when I was in town. Thanks for everything Russ - much of where I am today I owe to you. See you in the next life my brother - it will be a great reunion."
"I am very sad to heard this news. Very nice guy... too sad. He was a very pure person. Salud mi amigo"
"I only new Russ from when he joined Elanex and met him twice. Once in our SF office and once at a meeting in Ontario calling on a client. I got to spend some time with him as he picked me up at the Ontario airport and we drove to the meeting and he dropped me off at the airport. From the time spent with him in person and via phone conversations, emails and Skype chats I got to know him as an always nice, upbeat, fun and always positive person. His addition to this world will be missed and my condolences to his family."
Even though we have not met or talked for a long time, the news jolted my heart and made me very sad - I cannot control tears welling up my eyes. You are that great person, Russ.
You were giving warm smile to everyone, making us laugh and making otherwise hard lives easier for us. I am so grateful that I met you in this life. Wishing you rest in peace.... Mari"
"I learned a great deal from Russ over the many years that I worked with him as a member of his sales team, from both a business and personal perspective. Russ has been an inspiration to me professionally, and personally, with his dedication to family and community. I have many fond memories of time spent with Russ, from Huntington Beach to Utah, and will miss him greatly."
"I only met Russ once in San Francisco when he came over to Elanex office for training. I had a very positive and a good impression from him after we finished a session. It is truly a big loss for all of us. Rest in Peace Russ."
"I am so sorry to hear this news - I knew Russ through work over many years. Blessings and warm thoughts to his family."
"Russ was a good man, and I learned a lot from him though I did not know him well. Blessings to all his friends and family."
"Russ was a great friend and an amazing person. I'm so very thankful to have have known him. Our heart felt condolences to Allie, Nick, Tanner, Adam, Lauren, Cassidy... he loved you all so very much. May the love of those around you help you through these difficult times.
Tricia (McKinley) & Ambrose. Katie and Allie Treacy"
"Russ was a colleague at Bowne. I am so very sad to hear of his passing. Far too young and such a top guy. RIP"
"Russ... I am still having a hard time comprehending all this. And I don't think I ever will. You were my friend and my fellow rider. You rode with me at the onset of my world tour in 2004 and through so many other roads before and after that. You trusted me as a sales person (against all odds :-) for many years. You helped me grow personally and professionally. We shared so many meals and fun events together around the world even if I was the only drinking :-) Somehow I am thankful that I reached out to you 3 weeks ago to have this way overdue lunch we had recently in Orange County. I hadn't seen you in more than a year and this gave me the occasion to see you. We were supposed to meet again this week… I still have the LDS Bible that you gave me back in 2004. I was never much of a religious person, but you can be assured that I will keep and cherish this present forever in memory of you. I will miss you, man. Love you, bro! Keep on riding those heavenly, endless roads! :-)"
"I've known Russ since his IDOC days, so it's been a long time. But, at the same time, it just feels like yesterday when I first met him. Russ was such a full of life !! His enthusiasm, his excitement, his commitment, his faith & his love with family was such a joy to be around. In this kind of moment, we realize how precious our life is & how we need to live our life in full "today". I truly believe Russ did. My sincere respect to you, Russ. I am so sad & we will dearly miss you, Russ."
"Every month back in 1997-98 at Bowne Global Solutions, Russ and I would compare numbers to see who had the highest revenue that month. This friendly competition was exciting. Later, I can recall a sales meeting in a dreadful part of the Bahamas. The entire US sales team of BGS rented off-road vehicles to cruise on the Freeport roads and beaches. He always talked about his family - his wife and children. It was the most important thing for him. Over the years, we got to work together again when I joined a start-up called Elanex. It was just like picking up yesterday, where we had left off. I admire Russ. I look up to him. I still can't use the past when describing him. He will be forever in our minds and hearts. My wife, Martine, joins me in presenting our deepest condolences to Allie and their children, to his entire family and to all his friends. We are very sad."
"I didn't know Russ well, but I do know his extended family and he was always very friendly towards me. Having lost a brother at nearly the same age and circumstance as this, I understand the shock and loss the family feels and want all of the Campbell/Trounce family to know we love and support them during this difficult time."
"Hard to say the right things. I competed with Russ on the court numerous times. He was a machine, and solid as a rock. And off the court, a gentle giant with a bright smile that always lifted my spirits. Russ, you have all my respect. May our Heavenly Father bless your family and your wonderful kids as you are apart for a short time. They will see you again one day. Take care, my friend."
"I had the pleasure of first meeting Russ in late 2005 at Lionbridge, following the Bowne acquistion and was instantly impressed by the sense of team that Russ had built through his hallmarks of trust, high integrity, genuine care and concern and consummate professionalism. While work affiliations evolve and change, Russ' focus on faith and family was forever. It was an inspiration to anyone who knew him and a source of peace now, as he was a person who could not possibly have had any regrets; he spent his time and energy where it mattered most every day of his life and in this, even in his passing, he continues to teach us."
"I worked with Russ at Tek and Elanex and I always found him to be one of the most positive, enthusiastic and humble persons I have met. He would always talk fondly about his years in Colombia and how he had loved that country despite the problems it had at the time. Russ always encouraged everyone to work at the top of their game, to go above and beyond and he instilled the confidence to do so. I send my deep condolences to his family, whom he always talked about with pride and love. Russ will be sorely missed as a mentor, colleague and friend. Descanse en paz amigo!"
"I had the honor to work under Russ at LionBridge and at Tek. Russ was truly an amazing boss as he could bring out the best in a person! I am grateful for the many lessons I learned. Thank you Russ – you will be forever missed. RIP"
"Having worked with Russ in the BGS / Lionbridge days he was a true gentleman and a such an all round great guy - a pleasure to have known him.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam"
"What a wonderful person Russ was. We had such fun working together at IDOC, Bowne and Tek. He was one of the greats. Rest in Peace Russ."
"My deep condolences to your family. I met Russell few times at BGS, long time ago. He was a very nice person.This is too sad and too tragic."
"I met Russ at BGS many, many years ago. Then we worked at Tek together. I remember him (and always will) as an extraordinary person: always in good form, always complimenting and helping others. A consumate professional who always was talking about his wife and kids and how much he adored them. We all know that his legacy is huge and he leaves behind a wonderful family. RIP Russ - it was an honour and a privilege to know you and to work with you."
"I never met you Russ but we talked many times either 1:1 or conf calls!. Always looking for ways to improve your delivery and servicing of your clients. I sensed your passion and commitment. Too young to go, never makes sense.. RIP."
"Russ taught me humility, shared the splendour of Huntington Beach and has been a great friend many years, I’ll miss you buddy, RIP"
"Russ, you changed my life. The first time we met, the very first thing you said to me was, "You are my hero!" - typical humble Russ. Well, we know it was the reverse. You took me under your wing and urged me on. You taught me to engage with everything full-on as a whole person, not just with mind, but with humor, humility, humanity and love of life. Every facet is different now - easier. Thank you, Russ. Pity we never got a chance to skate together. You said you had a longboard or two. Someday..."
"Back in the early days of IDOC/Bowne, Russ became the big brother I never had. A reliable man that left a lasting impression of how to get things done, have integrity, and never forget those that love you. I admire his values, charisma and time he made for our morning chats. We miss you Russ - you are never far from our hearts and minds because there are few with your wonderful qualities."
"I only knew Russ since he joined Elanex, and unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person. Russ was always very upbeat, positive and 'bubbly' (for lack of a better word) when we had our Skype conversations. It always left a smile on my face after a meeting with Russ. A great guy to work with. My sincere condolences and thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time."
"I will always remember Russ as a relentlessly positive person. He loved life, and left the impression of a person who knew how to live it. He frequently spoke of his family and children, and my heartfelt condolences go to those who were closest to him. Russ will be missed."
"I worked with Russ when he was with BGS/Lionbridge. He was a warm, kind and sincere man and always spoke of his family with so much pride. I just saw Russ at a conference in mid-October and he looked healthy and great; he spoke of how happy he was in his work and with his quality of life, and shared pictures on his phone of his kids, in particular his oldest son. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Russ's passing - far too young, far too sudden. RIP Russ."
"Big Russ!!! We worked together for a long time bro, we snowboarded, rode ATV's, played paintball, traveled a bunch all over the world, visited customers and closed countless deals, laughed a lot, watched each other's families grow, and grew together....man, did we have good times over many years. When I think of you, this is what I think about, and always will. I am a better man, leader, father, person because of you (even if you weren't able to convert me ;))!! Rest easy brother...you went waaaay too soon, but man, did you do an A+ job. Love you brother!"
"I have known Russ only since he joined Elanex two and a half years ago, and only met him in person a couple of times, but in that short span of time he made a deep impression on me as just a great guy who was always a pleasure to talk to and so pleasant to work with. He was always upbeat and positive, always complimentary, grateful and encouraging. He became a Facebook 'friend' about a year ago and it was through that medium that I was able to have a peek into his personal life and where I could see what a wonderful family he was a husband and father to, how proud he was of his kids, and how much he simply loved his life. It has been a privilege to know such a good, kind man, albeit for such a short time. There are far too few such in this world. My heart goes out to Russ' family in this time of great difficulty and in the sad days that lie ahead."
"Russ, I always enjoyed talking to you in Spanish :). Kind, genuine, understanding and caring would be how i would think of you. Death is hard for me to understand and this situation makes it more challenging. Knowing you were planning a visit to Seattle next week, seeing your mails, makes it hard to understand/accept. My deep condolences to your family and coworkers. You will be missed. I remember clearly taking that team pic :)"
"Russ is already missed. I will never forget going to visit clients on a motorcycle ride from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. He has always been a good friend, a good person to be around with, fun and with a great outlook of life. I am sure that his kindness will live through his family that he spoke so often about and that he loves so much. Rest my friend!"
"I only met Russ in person a couple of times, but he struck me as one of the world's genuinely good people, and a person who left the world a better place for his being in it. I am terribly sorry to hear this tragic news, and my heart goes out to his family."
"Russ was my boss, my mentor, and a family friend. He knew my older brother for many years and I worked with him closely at Elanex for the last 2 years.
Right from the start of our relationship, I began calling Russ "wise leader". It was my way of being playful, showing respect, and honoring his advice and patience. But it stuck in my mind and for whatever reason I used it frequently in addressing him. He never said anything about it - not a peep. He never complained, never told me I was weird, nothing...maybe he just enjoyed it. I hope he enjoyed it...because I meant it as a term of endearment.
Often, we don't tell the people we love exactly how much we love them.
Wise Leader...I hope you realized that was my way of telling you how much I appreciated you.
Much love and muitas saudades - Mike Gray"
"Russ, you are quite simply one of the most genuine, kind and caring souls I have ever known. Your early passing will not make sense in this lifetime, but I am sure The Lord needed some extra help to have called you up so early. In that, I find peace yet no solace. My heartfelt condolences go out to your amazing family. While we never met, Russ always had a way to make it feel like I was just there for Sunday dinner...RIP my dear friend."
"My dear friend Russ, a role model of a human being, I already miss you so much. RIP!"
"Russ, my friend, my colleague... I want to say a million things, but the words are simply not there. Enjoy riding your Harley in endless sunshine."
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