Allan Christopher Jeremy Russ

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Allan Christopher Jeremy Russ

March 20, 1969 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 54)


Allan Russ passed away at home on February 2, 2024 after a courageous battle with cancer, with his wife
Marie-Louise, mother-in-law Annemarie, sister Dr. Adrianna Boyczuk, brother in-in-law Dr. Michael
Boyczuk and beloved dogs Spencer and Henry by his side.

Allan was born in London, England on March 20, 1969 shortly after his parents had emigrated from
Poland. Allan’s family moved to Canada soon afterwards and he grew up in Etobicoke, Ontario. It was in
high school that he met Tina Carruana, who remained his cherished friend throughout Allan’s life. He
received a degree in Psychology from Carleton University in 1994 and earned his J.D. from the Claude W.
Pettit School of Law in 1997.

After graduating from law school Allan briefly worked in Malone, NY and then began working as a
Securities Enforcement attorney in the Securities Division of the Office of the Secretary of State for
North Carolina in 1999, where he spent 24 years. Allan was very proud of the work he did protecting
the investing public and prosecuting white collar crimes. His knack for thorough research and
encyclopedic knowledge of the Securities Rules and Regulations made him a highly regarded and
sought-after resource for information in the Securities Division. He often spoke of the invaluable
knowledge and wisdom that he received from this two mentors, David Massey and Perry Boseman.

Outside of work Allan enjoyed life to the fullest. His love of research extended to a wide variety of
subjects including music, cars, stereos, wine, bourbon, cooking, baking, travelling and sports.
Music played a large role in Allan’s life. He had a wide range of tastes and enjoyed discovering new
music. He loved nothing more than to listen to his music at full blast which led several times to speakers
being blown out.

One of Allan’s passions was cars- he enjoyed researching cars and going around to dealerships on the
weekends just to look at the latest models. If ever he had won the lottery he would have had a 10 car

He was lifelong (suffering) fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and was excited that the Hartford Whalers
had relocated to North Carolina so he could experience professional hockey. As a hockey fan he was
thrilled to see the Carolina Hurricanes hoist the Stanley Cup in 2006 at Game 7.  Allan was happy to share his passion for and knowledge of wine and bourbon with family and friends.
He and his wife hosted an annual wine tasting party for 19 consecutive years in which they introduced
friends to a wide variety of wines. Allan also enjoyed tasting, sharing and educating friends on the many
various bourbons he collected.

Allan loved playing tennis. He won many tournaments as a teenager in Toronto and later he and his
wife Marie-Louise joined Hollow Rock Tennis and Racquet Club where Allan was a member of the board
from 2018-2020. His quick sense of humor and laid-back attitude disarmed many an opponent.

Family and friends were very important to Allan. He was a gracious and kind host and never let
anyone’s drink get low. He loved entertaining and rarely felt the need to dine out since he arguably made the best steaks in town.

He was always the life, heart and soul of the party. His wry sense of
humor and warm smile won everyone over and to know him was to love him.
Allan and Marie-Louise loved to travel and had many fond memories of trips to California, Virginia
Beach and Europe. For many years they travelled with their dear friends Curt and Becky Nice, with
whom they enjoyed many fun filled adventures.

Allan, who was fluent in Polish, was very proud of his Polish heritage. He travelled to Poland two times,
once with his wife, parents and sister and brother-in-law and then again with his wife, in-laws and
friends Curt and Becky Nice. He spent many hours researching his family’s heritage and enjoyed
unearthing even the smallest details of his family’s history.

Not to be overlooked was the annual skeet shooting and bird hunting weekend organized by Allan and
his best friend David Pecharich. For several years David would gather various of his brothers and friends
and venture down from Canada to Durham for what affectionately became known as Lumpapalooza, in
honor of their host Allan.

Allan was very close to his sister Adrianna, who often travelled down from Orchard Park, NY to spend
time with Allan, especially after his cancer diagnosis. Allan and Adrianna had a special bond which was
readily apparent. She was his big sister and always looked out for him.

Allan’s strength, courage, grace and dignity throughout his battle with cancer were inspirational to all.
He never complained and was smiling and cracking jokes up till the very end. His constant upbeat
attitude was something to behold.

Allan’s family would like to thank everyone at UNC Cancer Hospital and Amedisys Hospice who treated
and cared for Allan over these past two years, especially Dr. William Y. Kim, Dr. Matthew Nielsen and
Blaine Brower, FNP. The kindness and dedication shown to Allan will never be forgotten by us.

Allan is survived by his wife of 23 years, Marie-Louise Russ, parents Barbara and Jaremi Russ, sister Dr.
Adrianna Boyczuk and her husband Dr. Michael Boyczuk, nephews Michael Boyczuk and Brad Boyczuk,
niece Heather Calidonna and husband Nick Calidonna and mother-in-law Annemarie Frederiksen. He is predeceased by his aunt Dr. Richarda Russ, father-in-law Erik Frederiksen and sister-in-law Annett

There will be a service honoring Allan’s Life  2:00 pm, Thursday, February 15 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham, NC 27707.

In lieu of flowers please donate to UNC Cancer Hospital or Best Friends Animal Society.

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  • February 14, 2024
    Gail says:
    My heart breaks to hear of Al’s passing. I had not seen Al and ML since I moved away, but oh my….what wonderful and fun memories! He was such a kind young man. He will definitely be missed. Many prayers for ML and family during this time.

  • February 11, 2024
    Nicholas and Maria Dragonette says:
    Our prayers and deep condolences go out to ML and the Russ family. Allan will forever be missed but also always remembered for his smile, his friendliness and as someone always up for a cocktail and a laugh. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. With our deepest sympathy. May you rest in Heavenly peace. We are going to miss you my friend. Until we meet again, God Bless.

  • February 10, 2024
    Paul Byron says:
    So very sorry to hear of Allan's passing. I knew Allan from fishing and shooting trips (AKA Lumpaloosa). I always looked forward to spending time with Allan and talking about our shared interests. Such a good-natured, kind and cheerful man. I will miss him. Raising a glass of "polish martini" to you, my friend. Thinking of you ML and family. Paul Byron Elora ON

  • February 09, 2024
    Mary Wussow and family. says:
    Sending much love and heartfelt condolences to Al’s friends and family. What a gift it is to know this wonderful person.

  • February 09, 2024
    Becky Nice says:
    Nothing can fill the big hole that is left from losing someone I love so much. I am so sad that we weren’t able so see Al during his illness; but thankfully we did have wonderful telephone conversations with him and ML from time to time. The fun times and excellent vacations we enjoyed together are too many to count. I will always miss him terribly and remember him fondly.

  • February 08, 2024
    Lisa Piccini says:
    A wonderful mentor and friend. His door, as his heart, was always open to provide guidance, positivity, humor and friendship. A wonderful person gone way too soon. I feel blessed to have known him and will miss him terribly.