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Obituary for Jim Russell

October 28, 1952 - March 3, 2019
Austin, Texas | Age 66


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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