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Russell D. Horrocks

Russell D. Horrocks

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.

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Mr. Horrocks was my my 7th grade soccer coach back in 2000. He only coached me for one year but stayed in contact with me throughout middle school and high school. He was a great coach, encourager and a great man. I wish I had another opportunity to talk with him. He’ll be missed.
~ Eddie Termyna
So sorry to hear that Russ had passed away. He was always a good neighbor, ready to help in any situation. Our thoughts are with you .
~ Lou & Kathy Cordisco
Dear Gail & Russ, Our entire family is heartbroken to hear of Russ's passing. He was a wonderful coach and friend. We have many great memories and he will be missed. Our thoughts are with you.
~ Ellane & Stan Ehrlich
My heart goes out to Gail and Russ junior.Russ was a fantastic friend early in my life, sharing the births of our sons together. Miss my former neighbor and friend greatly. God Bless!
~ Gregory Bacon
My mother shared this unfortunate news with me and I wanted to send my condoelnces. You are in my families thoughts and prayers.
~ Nicholas j ferraro
On behalf of the officials from the Lancaster-Lebanon Chapter of PIAA, I offer our deepest sympathy on the untimely passing of Russ. His expertise and concern for the athletes and his professionalism and friendship will be missed.
~ Theodore Fitzgerald
Gail and Russ Jr, All my prayers for both of you as you deal with your loss and sadness. I'm thinking of you daily.
~ Beth Kaplan
Dear Gail and Russell, We are sadden and sorry to learn of Russ's passing. We share many fond memories of our boys during their time at LSAA baseball. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
~ Steve and Cindee D'Andrea
Mrs. Horrocks and Russ, I’m so sorry for your loss. Coach Horrocks was and always will be a big part of the lives of all the athletes he coached. He will be truly missed.
~ Jim Szamboti
Gail and Russ May memories comfort you and you bring peace Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time Joe & Matt Krince families (Clark & Russ Griswold)
~ Joseph and Matthew krince famiy
Gail and Russell; I am very sorry for your loss. Russ was a very special person whom I was very fond of. Russ took me into the Masonic Lodge which has given me years of enjoyment. We never realize how many lives we touch I have be told and in this case it is soooooo true. Please keep me advised of his life celebration and if I can do anything in your time of pain and grief I am here for you! Again I am very saddened and sorry for your loss..
~ Clarence/Chuck Engler
So very sorry to learn of Russ’s passing. I wish you all healing and eventual peace.
~ Sue Gialloreto
I am very sorry for your loss. Russ was a great guy and a friend. He made a difference in many young peoples lives. Russ made a difference. Prayers for you Gail, Russell and family.
~ Hugh Green
Dear Family, My deepest sympathy in Russ' passing,may God grant you His perfect peace in the days ahead. I enjoyed officiating with Russ here,and talking about sports in Lower Bucks teaching & coaching in Bristol for 38 years.
~ Dale Thomas
Dear Gail and Family, I was shocked to hear of your terrible loss! Russ was a fine man and a wonderful person. I hope that your happy memories bring you comfort and peace. Sincerely, Ruth Anne Woolsey
~ Ruth Anne Woolsey
Dear Gail and Russell, I am so sorry for your loss. Russ was a one of a kind man, with a huge heart and desire to make a difference. He made a difference in the lives of so many athletes and their families. Russ was such a support to our family, especially Jason was deployed. He knew how to connect with those he coached and holds a special place in all our hearts. Sending you both love and prayers during this extremely difficult time.
~ Lori
Our thoughts a prayers go out to Russell's wife and son.It was great knowing Russ in our childhood days. You will be missed by all.
~ Susan Wisniewski (Tranovich)
Dear Gail, Russell and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Russ was a good man that would always help a neighbor in need. Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and happy memories to hold in your heart.
~ JoAnne Tyler
I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories growing up with Russ on Cinnamon Rd. He was such a fun and compassionate person. May he Rest In Peace and may God bless all of you. Love, Denise "Neicie"
~ Denise Hays

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