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JCU alum’s father, Timothy J. Russert, passes away at 85

October 1st, 2009

Timothy J. Russert, the father of John Carroll alum and former moderator of “Meet the Press” Tim Russert, died Thursday at the age of 85.

The elder Russert was the inspiration for his son’s 2004 best seller, “Big Russ and Me.” 

In the book, the JCU alum praised his blue-collar father for his hard work, supporting his family in South Buffalo by working two full-time jobs.

While the younger Russert delivered the news on his NBC News program, “Big Russ” delivered the news as well, but a little more literally. Along with driving a city sanitation truck, he also drove a delivery truck for The Buffalo News.

According to The Buffalo News, Don Huber, a close friend for nearly 50 years, said, “No one was closer than Tim and Timmy,”  “He loved his son, no question about it. And his son loved him.”

Tim Russert wrote about his father, “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t remember something that Big Russ taught me.”

He and his wife Elizabeth were the parents of four children. She died in 2005.