Russell Dean Horrocks, of Lititz, PA, formerly of Levittown,
PA, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Born in Bristol, PA, he was the son of Robert and Norma
(Cortsen) Horrocks. A 1976 graduate of
Neshaminy High School and 1980 graduate of Temple University, Russ began his
career as a Health and Physical Education Instructor.
He continued his lifelong enthusiasm for the healthy
development and training of students and athletes through his work in designing
and selling park recreation/playground equipment, coaching and mentoring
hundreds of athletes.
Russ himself was a formidable athlete on countless teams
including baseball, football, and the Temple University Crew team.
As a coach, Russ dedicated his life to years of training and
mentoring championship athletes and received the Greater Philadelphia Track and
Field Coaches Association award for years of service.
After a lifetime of training and service, Russ will be
inducted into the Neshaminy High School Hall of Fame for coaching Track and
Cross Country this spring.
His life touched all who knew him. No one can ever forget how he made them
feel. He dedicated his life to his
family, his friends and the many athletes he coached and mentored. A persistent optimist amidst enduring medical
issues and challenges, he never gave in.
The world is a better place because of Russ. We will always be grateful, yet our hearts
are broken by the loss. His light will
always shine bright through everyone who knew him.
A celebration of his life is to be planned at a later date
in Bucks County, PA.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Gail, his son
Russell, two brothers, Robert and Steve Horrocks, close friends and colleagues,
and the countless athletes he trained.