Russell A. Gwillim

Russ and  Elda
Russ and Elda on Chebeague

Russell A. Gwillim, aged 87 of Hilton Head, SC passed away peacefully at home on September 15, 2009

He is survived by his loving daughters Joanne (John) Saunders, Linda Gwillim (Carolyn Newkirk) and Cynthia Gwillim, grandchildren, Kevin and Todd Saunders, sister Janet Whitney, devoted caregiver Beverly Jones, faithful dog Marylou, nieces, nephews and many, many wonderful friends.

Russ and his late wife, Elda were married for 54 years. They spent their time together on Hilton Head Island, raising their daughters in Elmhurst, IL enjoying a family home on Chebeague Island, ME and a summer home in Lauderdale Lakes, WI. Both were avid golfers, members of Medinah CC, Big Foot CC, Chebeague Island and several Hilton Head clubs, including Bear Creek and Long Cove. They were involved in numerous local and national charitable organizations, the Hilton Head Humane Association being their personal favorite.

Russ graduated from MIT where he was captain of the golf team. Later, he set up The Russell A. Gwillim Scholarship Fund at MIT. He served in the Army's amphibious forces in the pacific during WWII from 1942 to 1945.He was president of CR Industries and Chairman of the board of Safety Kleen Coporation, both headquartered in Elgin, IL, and served on the board of directors of several major corporations.

Everyone who knew Russ will remember his enthusiasm for life, his wit, generosity and the twinkle in his eyes. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be at 3pm Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island Memorials to the Hilton Head Humane Association, P.O. Box 21790, Hilton Head, SC 29925. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.