Jim Russell

  • Born: October 28, 1952
  • Died: March 3, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home Lake Travis

411 Ranch Rd. 620 S.
Lakeway, TX 78734

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Tel. (512) 263-1511

Tribute & Message From The Family


Jim Russell — age 66 of Austin, Texas — passed peacefully on Sunday, March 3rd 2019 at his home with his family by his side. His death came at the end of a 9 year, heroic fight against cancer, which he met at every stage with his characteristic optimism, strength and humor.

Jim was born October 28, 1952 in Whitegate, Co.Cork, Republic of Ireland - the eldest of 5 children to Maura and Michael. His life was as big and as spirited as he was himself. He met the love of his life, Helen, in 1970 and after receiving his degree in Engineering from the University College Cork, they were married in 1975. The first of a lifetime of adventures began with a move to Canada, where Jim started working for Mobil Oil in Whitecourt, Alberta. From there Helen and Jim moved to Aberdeen, Scotland where Jim began working in the North Sea and they had their first child, Aileen. Their daughter Sara was born in 1981 in London, James in Aberdeen in 1983. In the span of his 33 years working for Mobil, and then ExxonMobil, Jim and his family lived all over the world - Dallas, Calgary, Aberdeen, Sumatra, Houston, Angola - and Jim made close friends and brought many laughs everywhere he went.

Jim was an avid and accomplished golfer - a member of the Hills in Lakeway, Texas as well as an overseas member of his beloved Adare Golf Course in Ireland. When not golfing, he loved spending time with his family, particularly his 3 grandchildren, traveling and being out on the lake. He is survived by his wife, Helen, his children Aileen, Sara and James and their spouses Eli and Jonas, and his grandkids Henry, Marial and Willam, as well as his brothers Michael and John and their families, and the families of his departed siblings, Mary and Patrick.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish in Lakeway, TX on Thursday, March 7th at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Cancer Research charities.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I have just come to known and am very sorry & sad that Jim Russell passed away. I had met Jim at Mobil North Office in Aberdeen, Scotland, where I was sent for a short assignment from MEPSI, Dallas. There after, I worked with and for him in DRL and MEPTEC. Through out my affiliation with Jim, I found him very sincere, supportive and easy to reach & work. Later we used to come across in Exxon Mobil Houston downtown, where I was occasionally going for consulting work.

My wife, Manju & I also met you, Helen, at a holiday dinner that Jim gave for his Reservoir Engineering group members. Please accept our heartfelt condolences, and we pray the God to give you and your family much strength to bear his loss. He is in better hands now!

Take care and regards,

Pramod Bansal
Richardson, Texas
May 19, 2019

Posted by Pramod Bansal - Richardson, TX - coworker   May 19, 2019

Dear Helen. My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Jim was always brave and positive during his long battle and an inspiration to many. May you and your family find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Jan Van Hummel - Austin, TX - Friend   March 19, 2019

Dear Helen Russell and family: Dear Helen, when I was in South America, days ago I heard about the demise of your beloved Jim as a result of a long illness. Our dear Jim in spite of his indomitable efforts succumbed at the end. My wife Helen Atocha, our children and I join you in our prayers for his soul, who eternally rest in peace.

Posted by Jose, Helen and The Atocha's children atocha - 758 Dennis Drive, Orange, CT   March 17, 2019

Dear Helen. I am very saddened by Jim's death. Jim was a special man, a man other men looked up to and admired. He was happy, optimistic, family focused, and a significant contributor during his career at Mobil and Exxon Mobil. And of course we all would like to be a single handicap golfer. But what I remember the most - he was a really nice person. You and your family were blessed. I pray for your peace and understanding in the difficult days ahead.

Posted by Mike Ramage - Moorestown, NJ - Friend   March 13, 2019

Jim Russell was the epitome of strong work ethic, integrity, loyalty and consideration... in his work, his golf, and obviously in his family life. I always admired and respected him for each of those attributes and more. He shall be missed. I will miss him. God's speed.

Posted by Steve Comstock - Austin, TX - Coworker   March 09, 2019

Dear Helen, Eileen, Sarah, James and Families,
Our sincere sympathies to you all on this very sad news. Whether at work or play, Jim's sense of fun, wit and mischief would always ensure time spent in his presence was time very well spent. We loved and will never forget the dinner parties, and of course the golf trips to Fancourt and back on home turf in Co Cork. Truly memorable times that will last forever. Jim will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Posted by Anton & Margie Moore - Doha - Friend   March 09, 2019

Dear Helen,
Jim's infectious joy and humor made him a pleasure to be around. He took your family to some interesting places and I know you will treasure the experiences you shared. Betsy and I are praying that you feel the Lord's presence during this difficult time.

Posted by Dave & Betsy Willis    March 08, 2019

Helen,
Jim personified the song when Irish eyes are smiling. He made every meeting room brighter with his pleasant demeanour and every golf game together more fun with his skill and wit. We will miss him. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Lynn & Ken Hull - Calgary, Alberta - Friend   March 08, 2019

Heartfelt sympathy to Helen & Family Michael & John on Jim's death. You are in our thoughts very much here today in Whitegate.

Posted by Joan Sheehan    March 07, 2019

Helen, and Family, Sincere condolences on your sad loss, the sad news filtered through to us, in Whitegate, over the last few days. I have fond memories of growing up with Jimmy and attending National School together. We had wonderful summers, fishing for crabs, swimming in Whitegate Bay, and playing Cowboys and Indians in Day's Wood, and of course all the fun and games at our Annual Regatta, to mention just a few of the things we got up to, innocent times, and happy days. We are thinking of you all today, we will raise a glass in memory of Jimmy this evening and remember his Dad and Mum, Mary, and Patrick and you the family on this very sad occassion.
"May the road rise with you, and the wind be at your back, Go raibh an ghaoth I goonai ar du chul, agus Go n-eiri and bothar leat. Colodah Samh a cara agus slan agus Beannacht, Anne Sweeney (nee Sheehan)

Posted by Anne Sweeney (nee Sheehan) - Cork ireland - Friend   March 07, 2019

Mary Heffernan Adare Ireland, wishes to pass on her condolence to Helen and Family on their great loss. Mary is Mother of Kay O'Shaughnessy and she remembers your visits to the Lodge in Adare. We will remember you all in our prayers. May he rest in Peace. Liam Heffernan Jnr.

Posted by Liam Heffernan - Adare, Ireland   March 07, 2019

Dear Helen, Jim's sense of adventure brought him and the family to many shared places around the world. His mischievous sense of humour kept us on our toes and was something that brightened our lives. He was someone who was part of our journey around the world for many years and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by John and Bela Chaplin - Guildford UK - Friend   March 07, 2019

Dear Helen, Eileen,Sarah and James,

Our condolences to all of you for the passing of such a wonderful human being. Jim became much more than a friend to all of us Berners. We always considered Jim as an extension of our own family. We truly loved and admired him on so many different fronts. Words cannot express adequately the admiration and respect that he inspired across nationalities and ages. We will never forget him.

Posted by Peter Berner - Austin, TX - Friend   March 06, 2019

Helen, what great memories we have of happy times together. Jim had a great sense of humour and always such a positive outlook (except if we couldn't win on the last hole). We loved Jim and we are really going to miss him. Photo of an exxcellent dinner at Adair Manor.

Megan and Buster, Ruby, Bella and Tom

Posted by Buster & Megan Grant - Friend   March 06, 2019

Dearest Helen
I send my sincere condolences about the passing of Jim. He was such a kind man with a great sense of humor. My deepest sympathy for you and your family. God bless all of you

Posted by Melody McCarty - Austin, TX - Friend   March 06, 2019

We always knew Jim to be a thoughtful, kind person with wonderful wit. Although we never had the privilege of golfing with him, we're not surprised at his reputed abilities in that sport, as he excelled in everything that he did. He will long be remembered and greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Helen, and the family, whom we know he deeply cherished and treasured. Best regards and love,

Posted by Rob & Julie Luettgen - Conroe, TX - Coworker   March 06, 2019

Fronica and I send our deepest condolences to the Russell family. My God provide you strength and comfort during this difficult time. I am sending a photo circa 1997 of several of us with Jim at a business lunch in Jakarta.

Posted by Carlos and Fronica Gonzalez - Montgomery, TX - Friend   March 05, 2019

Jim was a great colleague and friend. I was hoping to see him once again this year at our Mobil reunion in Canada. True to the end, he was optimistic he would be able to make it. We will certainly raise a toast to his memory.

Lance Johnson

Posted by Lance Johnson - Fort Myers, FL - Friend   March 05, 2019


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Fronica and I send our deepest condolences to the Russell family. My God provide you strength and comfort during this difficult time. I am sending a photo circa 1997 of several of us with Jim at a business lunch in Jakarta.
Helen, what great memories we have of happy times together. Jim had a great sense of humour and always such a positive outlook (except if we couldn't win on the last hole). We loved Jim and we are really going to miss him. Photo of an exxcellent dinner at Adair Manor. Megan and Buster, Ruby, Bella and Tom