James Francis “Jim” Russell, 79, of Lyndhurst, NJ, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021. Born May 12, 1941 in Jersey City, NJ to parents, John G. Russell and Elizabeth (nee Ryan) Russell.
Jim received the Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University. He also attended Fairleigh Dickinson University for Paralegal Studies. He was a proud United States Army Veteran in the Army Reserve.
His career was with the Passaic County Public Defender’s Office as the Principal Investigator. Jim was also involved in many organizations; He served as Municipal Chairman of the Rutherford Democratic Committee and Campaign Manager for Rutherford Mayor and Council candidates. Baseball coach: Rutherford Texas League and Rutherford Little League. Basketball coach; Rutherford Biddy Basketball.
Jim loved his children, his books, Classical music, his Irish heritage (Kilkenny and Clare), vacations in Ocean Grove, N.J. and his many friends and co-workers.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, his brothers John (Jack) Russell, George Russell, and his sister Kathleen (Russell) Walsh.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Barbara Russell and his daughter Shannon Russell of Rutherford, NJ and his son Sean Russell of Dingman’s Ferry, Pa. Jim’s nieces and nephews include Patrick (Robin) Walsh, Jimmy Walsh, Maureen (Walsh) Reynolds, Michael (Cheryl) Russell, Sean Russell, Cary (Debbie) Russell, Sandy (Russell) Prins, Tracey Russell, J.P. (Jackie) Quinn, Michael (Leslie) Quinn and Bill (Tammy) Quinn.
A Memorial Service will be held when it is safe for everyone to assemble.