“Big Russ” Passes Away

Posted on September 25, 2009 by BSD Staff Reports

Per this WBEN report,  there is sad news in the Buffalo community to report.  The father of the late Tim Russert has passed away. Timothy Joseph Russert died Thursday night of natural causes at the age of 85.

A family statement given to mediabistro.com says “While he was affectionately known to the world as ‘Big Russ,’ he carried no more important nor meaningful titles than those of father, grandfather, great-grandfather, patriot and friend,” reads a statement from his family. “We warmly thank all those who were inspired by his life and his lessons.”

The father of perhaps the nation’s most notable Bills fan in son Tim, he’d frequently show off Bills jerseys during his Meet the Press show and often end the telecast during NFL season with his famous “Go Bills”.  He died of a heart attack in June 2008.

(Photo: bigrussandme.com)

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