RUSSELL C. AUSTIN
Russell Charles Austin, 62, of Long Beach, Long Island passed away Sunday January 15, 2023.
Born June 12, 1960 in Yonkers NY to Meron H. Austin (Allan) his adored mother.
and Charles R. Austin, both predeceased.
He is survived by his only child, his beloved "Angel", Jillian M. Austin.
Her mother, Melissa Sadleir, and her children Ryan, Maxine and Justin.
His sibling Debbie Cwiek, (Ed predeceased), June Franzese, (Michael), Darryl Austin (Andres Espinsa) and all of his nieces/nephews.
Russell was raised in the Bronx at Co-op city. He made lifelong friends and memories here.
His mother took the kids to Jones Beach and other area beaches, which was the start of Russ's love and passion with the ocean, beach, and swimming. This was also the start of him always living close to the ocean in Key West, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Westhampton and Long Beach.
He also was an amazing swimmer. Often self-proclaiming to be an "olympic swimmer". He was on his high school swim team and a lifeguard for years.
Starting Austin Custom Painting and Building allowed him to travel, build, and make his own hours, and allow time for the beach. After over 40 years plus of painting he could have it done quickly enough to goof off for a swim.
Russ loved watching all sports, especially football and his Yankees. ESPN was his idea of news. Russ loved travel and has seen many places throughout the US. Enjoying theme parks with his daughter, such as Disney, it was a yearly thing in her childhood, in which she spent most of her younger life on her daddy's shoulders.
Russ adored his daughter, always calling her "Angel". He fell in love with her from the first time he held her, with tears in his eyes.
He was so happy when she was born, he wanted a daughter. And he got his precious Angel. She taught him more about patience and love than he could ever imagine.
He stayed best friends through the years with many of his childhood friends, from co-op city, spending his last years living with Steven Roos . And Jeff Uysal from Westchester that came out every week. These friends spend many hours reminiscing about old memories and making new ones. Russ loved spending his last years with these men that he considered his best friends and brothers. They meant so much to him. They made dinner, went out, had evenings filled with music, conversations and watching sports