Russell Joseph Sawicki
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Russell Joseph Sawicki (age 27) was freed from his bravely fought battle with sarcoma cancer in Bellingham, WA on July 8, 2008. Russell was born on January 6, 1981 in Denver, CO. to David and Gaye Sawicki. Before earning his BA in economics from the University of Colorado in 2003, he attended Klein Forest High School in Houston, TX, graduating in 1999. Russ was a very active leader and loyal brother in the Sigma Nu fraternity, holding numerous leadership positions. His magnetic personality also carried over into his work with the University of Colorado's Intra-Fraternity Council. Russell was an extremely compassionate, caring, committed, loyal and witty friend/brother/son to all who knew him. He will be profoundly missed. Russell is survived by his beloved fiancée, Ms. Claire Loudis; his devoted parents: Gaye and David Sawicki of Blaine, WA; brother and best friend: Jonathan Sawicki of Houston, TX; grandfather Walter Joseph Sawicki Jr. of Rancho Bernardo, CA; aunts: Sue Thomas of Tampa, FL., Ahme Erickson of Redding, Connecticut; uncles: John Sawicki of Escondido, CA, Rick Lett of Whidbey Island WA, and Joseph Sawicki of Los Angeles, CA.; cousins: Amanda Zimmer of San Diego, CA., Emily Erickson of Redding, Connecticut, Peter Lett of Whidbey Island WA, and many very dear friends. As in all his earthly endeavors, Russ was tenacious, yet loving and inspirational to others as he struggled against the disease that took his life. A celebration of Russell's life will be held at a later date in Houston, TX. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, 9884 Main Street, Damascus, Maryland, 20872. Please include "In memory of Russell Sawicki" on your contributions.

Published in Bellingham Herald from Jul. 17 to Jul. 19, 2008.
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August 12, 2008
Gaye, Dave, Jonathan and Claire,

We are at a loss of words! We just found out about Russell's passing. Our hearts are heavy at the loss of this wonderful man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Burchell's (Houston, Texas)
Sandy Burchell
July 22, 2008
Dearest Claire and Family,
Our hearts go out to you all. It is our greatest wish that your loving memories will bring you peace now and in the future.
Lovingly,
Diane, Ken, Jennifer, Megan, & Erin Akre
July 21, 2008
I met Russ through my brother who is fighting the same terrible cancer that Russ fought. Although I only met him a few times, he left a positive impression on me. When I saw him, his courage warmth and never surrender values and attitude were always present and encouraged us though our association with him. He is missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Love,

Marc Isaac
Marc Isaac
July 21, 2008
Dear Sawicki Family and Claire,

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Russell. I will always remember him as a smiling man that had a better freestyle than I did. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marie Palka Webb
July 21, 2008
Hello Sawicki family,
Morag and I send our love during this time. Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can do anything.
Love,
Leo and Morag
leo Ambrosi
July 21, 2008
Sawicki Family and Claire,
Though I never had the priviledge of meeting Russell, I was fortunate enough to hear of his struggle, strong will, and positive atttude over the past years. My deepest sympathy to all and the knowledge that he now rests from this struggle.
Greg Parker
July 20, 2008
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Russell. We'll always remember him as that smiling kid on the Klein Forest soccer team, and the support his family always showed for him. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Bonnie and Peter Palka
July 19, 2008
Claire and Family,

This is your cousin Billy writing- I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I wish you all peace and pray for your spirits to somehow find the strength to continue to laugh and find joy in your lives.

Love and light
b
William Donohoe
July 18, 2008
Claire,
I am very sorry to read this today. My thoughts and prayers are with and the family.
Rachelle Eastwood
July 18, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish I could do something to make this a little less painful. I love you Claire.
Ashley Yarbrough Dusek
July 17, 2008
I'll always remember Russell working the roast beef sandwich stand at the Lynden Fair with the Youth Group. He was an amazing young man with a wonderful smile. He fought a hard battle and is now at peace. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to Gaye, David, Jonathan, Claire & family,
Sara & Steve
Sara Brimmer
July 17, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
The Wolford-Fredericks Family your neighbors on Kayak Way
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