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Kevin Russell
  • December 02, 1957
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  • June 29, 2019

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Obituary

Kevin C. Russell, 61, of Clermont, FL passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019 surrounded by loved ones after a long battle with cancer. Kevin was born in Port Jefferson, NY, on December 2, 1957 to Charles L. Russell and Jeanine G. Russell. He was a lifelong NY Mets fan, having learned the love of the game from his father. After graduating from Sachem High School in 1976, Kevin turned his passion for the game into a career, beginning as baseball coach at Brockport High School. From there, Kevin went on to serve as General Manager of the Cleveland Indians Class A minor league baseball team. He also served as former head baseball coach at SUNY Brockport, Director of Athletics at Coastal Florida Sports Park and Baseball/Softball Program Director at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

 

Kevin was preceded in death by his nephew, Jarod T. Harling. He is survived by his mother, Jeanine G. Russell (FL), sisters Shari Wynn (FL) and Charlotte Albino (NY), and nieces Laine Obando (FL) and Lauren Albino (NY). He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

 

In lieu of funeral services, and to honor Kevin’s character, we ask that all who wish to participate share a memory of Kevin with friends and family.

 

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  1. 17 Jul 2019
    Patrick says:
    I am just finding out about Kevin's passing and while conflicted he was a great man and always good for a laugh. Worked with Kevin at Cocoa Expo and also Disney. Will miss him greatly

  2. 13 Jul 2019
    Brian Hinton lit a candle:
    Lit since July 13, 2019 at 7:37:50 AM

  3. 13 Jul 2019
    Brian Hinton lit a candle:
    Lit since July 13, 2019 at 7:37:10 AM

  4. 13 Jul 2019
    Brian Hinton says:
    Will miss you my friend

  5. 12 Jul 2019
    Michael Kochen says:
    I met Coach Russell when I was 17. He happened to be the home plate umpire at an All-Star game I was playing in. Fortunately for me, I had a very good day and he approached me after and asked me my plans for college. From that day forward he was a lifelong Coach, mentor, and friend. Coach Russell was an invaluable source of advice throughout my life. So much more than a baseball coach. I will miss him. My condolences to all his family and friends.

  6. 12 Jul 2019
    Charlotte says:
    Kevin was 10 years older than me, He always played with me, he made me tuff as a kid and taught me about life.. He taught me about History, and Sports.. As well, I will always remember our Sunday mornings watching Abbot and Costello, Eating jelly Donuts and Buttered Rolls..he was my protector and always will be up in Heaven... I gonna miss you Kev but I know your with Daddy and Jarod ...Your in a much Better place and that makes me feel better knowing your not suffering anymore.... I love you Kevin.. Forever In my heart.... Love your little Sister, Charlotte..

  7. 07 Jul 2019
    Tracy Richardson lit a candle:
    Lit since July 7, 2019 at 7:15:16 AM

  8. 06 Jul 2019
    Michelle Russell lit a candle:
    Lit since July 6, 2019 at 7:38:40 PM

  9. 06 Jul 2019
    Tom Kenney posted an image:
    Coaches and captains at Brockport<br />
Russell, Marchiony, DiMino, Kenney
    Coaches and captains at Brockport
    Russell, Marchiony, DiMino, Kenney

  10. 05 Jul 2019
    Shari says:
    My memories of my brother are too many to list but I can tell you they always ended with a laugh. I remember watching over him from the time he was little. There was never a moment that I did not feel protective of my little brother. I am so proud of his accomplishments in his career. He had many friends and many stories! My little brother was a star on earth and now a shining star in heaven. Thank you for being my brother Kevin. I love you with all my heart, Olive

  11. 03 Jul 2019
    Adam Happer says:
    I’ve known Kevin since he started playing baseball at Sachem with my brother Scott Happer. I remember we were invited to a barbecue at Kevin’s house back in 75 or 76, I was only 11 or so, and had the best time meeting his family. Kevin frequently came by our house as well and was always friendly, quick witted and funny. Later on in life we reconnected on facebook. I always enjoyed the pictures and stories he posted of his ventures in life. It showed that he truly loved what he did. I would make comments on his posts and he would always reply back. In turn he would make comments on my posts. I was very saddened to hear of his passing, but at the same time relieved that he was no longer suffering. Charlotte let me know that he passed on with his loved ones nearby. He will live forever in my memory and in the memory of those that knew him. Rest In Peace my friend.


    I will continue to have fond memories of Kevin

  12. 03 Jul 2019
    Lauren Albino posted an image:
    My Uncle bub You were, and still are the funniest person I know. From endless nicknames to the countless Disney trips you took me on. Because  of you I experienced so many amazing things. My Disney fascination and obsession with phantom of the opera all came from you and these are things that i will hold on to, forever. Monday morning I turned on the TV and the first thing I saw, was the Mets beat the Braves. At that moment I knew it was YOU shining through that TV.  You will always be in my heart. All my love - Dr. Lorenzo Elbow
    My Uncle bub You were, and still are the funniest person I know. From endless nicknames to the countless Disney trips you took me on. Because of you I experienced so many amazing things. My Disney fascination and obsession with phantom of the opera all came from you and these are things that i will hold on to, forever. Monday morning I turned on the TV and the first thing I saw, was the Mets beat the Braves. At that moment I knew it was YOU shining through that TV. You will always be in my heart. All my love - Dr. Lorenzo Elbow

  13. 03 Jul 2019
    Patrick lit a candle:
    Lit since July 3, 2019 at 7:46:40 PM

  14. 03 Jul 2019
    Laura Catapano lit a candle:
    Lit since July 3, 2019 at 7:30:44 PM

  15. 03 Jul 2019
    Joanne Johnsen says:
    Handsome, funny, clever, curly haired Kevin. Beautiful smile. Big personality.
    He lit up a room when he walked in. And, created so many good memories.

  16. 02 Jul 2019
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  17. 02 Jul 2019
    Valerie Russell posted an image:
    Family trip to Disney
    Family trip to Disney

  18. 02 Jul 2019
    Michael jones lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2019 at 7:04:56 PM

  19. 02 Jul 2019
    Valerie Russell lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2019 at 7:45:08 PM

  20. 02 Jul 2019
    Valerie Russell posted an image:
    I didn’t have a big brother, but my cousin Kevin was like my brother. Protective towards me. Always there for me if I needed him. He always made me laugh and he always made me feel loved. I will miss him and I’ll always remember and love him. Thank you Kevin. Thank you for hanging out with us in the pool area. Thanks for taking us to your baseball games and teaching us how to ref a game. Thank you for sharing your love of the New York Mets. They’re playing the Yankees right now and I’m sure you would be yelling at the TV right about how they are playing. Thank you for your words of wisdom and teaching us all about the Russell family tree. All my love, Cousin Val
    I didn’t have a big brother, but my cousin Kevin was like my brother. Protective towards me. Always there for me if I needed him. He always made me laugh and he always made me feel loved. I will miss him and I’ll always remember and love him. Thank you Kevin. Thank you for hanging out with us in the pool area. Thanks for taking us to your baseball games and teaching us how to ref a game. Thank you for sharing your love of the New York Mets. They’re playing the Yankees right now and I’m sure you would be yelling at the TV right about how they are playing. Thank you for your words of wisdom and teaching us all about the Russell family tree. All my love, Cousin Val

  21. 02 Jul 2019
    Colleen prinz lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2019 at 7:57:52 PM

  22. 02 Jul 2019
    Zen Silva lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2019 at 7:45:34 PM

  23. 02 Jul 2019
    Matthew Fairchild says:
    Kevin was the older brother of my childhood friend Charlotte.
    We ran into each other around 1990 in Daytona Beach, FL. Kevin hosted my friends and I around town, including watches rocket launch. He was funny and sweet.
    We also laughed looking back at his big brother tendencies around Charlotte and her friends, including his disapproval of us taking his car for a joy ride around their backyard when he was selling it!
    He was a good guy.
    Rest In Peace, Kevin.

  24. 02 Jul 2019
    Diane Canny Conklin lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2019 at 7:06:26 PM

  25. 02 Jul 2019
    Diane Canny Conklin says:
    I have so many fond memories of Kevin. I practically lived at your house on the weekends when I was a kid. I remember him teasing me and I went right back at him just like a brother (He was always a jokester). He never minded me being around and bothering him. When I think of him I see that big smile that he always had on his face. He had the prettiest smile you’ve ever seen. Sorry Kevin, the handsomest smile you’ve ever seen.
    I am so thankful I was able to talk to you on Facebook at times. Every time I spoke to you, you had me cracking up. I know you suffered enough and I find peace knowing your able to play ball with your dad again.
    Rest In Peace Kevin.

  26. 02 Jul 2019
    Alison Canny Burke says:
    So sorry for your loss, he was to young. Having had Kevin as a childhood neighbor growing up, he was 4 years older than me but I always saw him play sports in his front yard and admired him from afar with a little crush, as we all knew he was a very good looking guy. To find out years later that I married my husband who used to go over and play sports with him in his front yard was mind blowing, small world. I know he fought a long cancer battle but know now he is pain free and in peace, prayers to you all to find comfort in knowing that XOX

  27. 02 Jul 2019
    Alison Canny Burke lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2019 at 7:49:30 PM

  28. 02 Jul 2019
    Charlotte Russell Albino lit a candle:
    Lit since July 2, 2019 at 7:19:56 PM