Thomas Earl Russell “Tim”, age 75 of Highwood passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018 at his home. He was born October 29, 1942 in Highland Park, Illinois to the union of Thomas Russell and Grace Berlando and has been a lifelong resident of Highwood. He attended Oak Terrace School, Highwood and graduated from Highland Park High School, class of 1960. He attended Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. On March 15, 1968 in Highland Park he married Joan Hess and they were married until 1974. Tim was a true athlete gracing fields, courts and courses. Many teams were grateful to have him as a player; Russell’s Ramblers, HPHS Little Giants, Bradley’s Braves, Silver Dollar, Joe Black and Windy City, to name just a few. Additionally he was the player/manager for the semi-pro baseball New Trier Merchants.
Loving father of Karli (Aaron) Atwell of Superior, Colorado, Kael Russell of Denver, Colorado, Luke Morgan of St. Cloud, Minnesota and Jessica Hiller of Highland Park, Illinois. Fond grandfather of Maggie and Lucy Atwell of Superior, Colorado. Dear brother of Gay (Stephen) Russell-Dempsey of Minnetonka, Minnesota. Cherished uncle of Morgan (Steven) Dempsey-Nicholls of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Nathaniel (Melissa) Rosalie of Evanston, Illinois. Great uncle of Jack, Grace, Hazel, Felix and Milo.
Visitation Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Seguin & Symonds Funeral Home, 858 Sheridan Road, Highwood. Friends will gather on Monday, April 9, 2018 at St. James Church, 134 North Avenue, Highwood. Mass 10:00 A.M. Rev. Thomas F. Baldonieri, celebrant. Cremation will be private. Contributions to the ALS Association www.als.org.
In honor of Tim, tonight raise a glass (preferably with a Beefeater martini) and toast a Highwood sports legend.