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Russell  Ford

Russell J. Ford

Monday, July 12th, 1937 - Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
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Russell J. Ford, (CPD, USMC), 82, August 20, 2019, a South Sider from Canaryville and Mt. Greenwood, then retired to Orland Park, went to be with the Lord after a lengthy battle with dementia.

Beloved by his childhood sweetheart, wife of 60 years Patricia ("Pat"); children Steve (Janine), Therese Kearney (Kevin) and Scott (Kris); 6 grandchildren Jimmy Davoren (Susan), Patti Handley (Josh), Sean (Kelsey), Colin, Maddie and Allie, and 2 great grandchildren Eliza Handley and Kaden Ford. He was a fine Irishman who cherished his family, one of 14 siblings raised by parents Frederick ("Lefty") and Mame (Gorman) Tracey-Ford, with 64 nieces and nephews.

Russ devoted his life to public service. After enlisting in the Marines - all 8 adult brothers were U.S. military - he was a Chicago policeman for 37 years. He loved golf, horseshoes, John Wayne movies, chocolate donuts, a well-manicured law, Irish bagpipes, wearing a Sunday suit, strong handshakes, and quality time with dear friends.

He played 16" softball with the legendary Chicago Bobcats; served as Mayor Richard J. Daley's bodyguard; and once thumbed home from California without a penny in his pocket. He was consistently and abundantly generous, especially to those in need. In his battles with cancer, depression and ultimately dementia, as with the rest of his life, Russ never quit. Ever.

Russ will be remembered as a warrior who, in his last days, while clinging to the end of his rope, loved his family proudly, battled sickness courageously, and surrendered his life tenderly to Jesus Christ.

Services at McINERNEY CENTRAL CHAPEL, 4635 S. Wallace St., Chicago, IL, where family and friends will gather on Friday, August 23, 2019, from 2 to 9 p.m. Funeral Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9:15 a.m., at chapel, to St. Gabriel Church, 600 W. 45th St., Chicago. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial support may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Heartland Hospice.

Please visit RUSSELL FORD BOOK OF MEMORIES. To express your thoughts or memories in the online guest book, visit www.chapelc.com or facebook.com/funeralmc. For information, (773) 268-0703.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 2:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    McINERNEY CENTRAL CHAPEL
    Address
    4635 South Wallace Street
    CHICAGO, IL 60609
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, August 24th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Gabriel Church
    Address
    4522 South Wallace
    CHICAGO, IL 60609
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    Chapel prayers and funeral procession departing McInerney's at 9:15 a.m.
  • Interment

    Location
    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
    Address
    6001 W. 111th St.
    ALSIP, IL
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    Military honors by U.S. Marine Corps at GRAVESIDE

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The BillyGoat 9 & Dine, New Carlisle.

Posted at 11:49am
Our deepest sympathy to Scott, Kris, and family.
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Karen Helbig

Posted at 08:11pm
Such great memories of Mr. Ford at the Drake St block parties and Graffeos. Will be missed by many who knew him back in the day in Mt. Greenwood. My condolences to Mrs. Ford, Steve, Therese and Scottie.
Karen Helbig (Keating)
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Susan Tracey Honkisz

Posted at 08:12am
With caring thoughts, Susan Tracey Honkisz and Kevin Patrick Stewart
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Posted at 06:45am
Deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers. Jim and Maureen Davoren.
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