Obituary: Russell Kyle

From the family of Russell Kyle:

Russell Kyle: March 4, 1953 – June 6, 2021

Russell Kyle was born in Los Angeles, CA. He passed away in SF of natural causes. He is survived by his daughter Emily Kyle, two sisters Diane Kyle Gors and Lori Kyle Fields, lifelong brother Mitchell Miller, and many friends he considered family. 

Russ never met a stranger; everyone was a friend. A born entertainer, he made lasting impressions wherever he went. He would give you the shirt off his back. Russell was unpretentious and always had time for anyone. 

Those who knew and loved him would say there was never a “No Trespassing” sign that could contain him. Always a truth-sayer and a button-pusher. Everyone says Russ had a mythic tale to tell and knew there were adventures to be had. 

As a Renaissance man, he knew being human is hard. He faced every day with a bit of humor. More than anything Russ loved to laugh and bring everyone in on the joke. 

Russ got the last laugh when he played his final softball game, scoring a run and helping his team win the game. All are better for having known him as his generosity, Irish wit, and character was unparalleled.

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The marquee of the SF Baseball Academy (SFBA) at 3010 Geary Blvd. honored the memory of Russell Kyle. Travis Senhaux, assistant director at SFBA, and Russell were teammates on the Vegetables, a softball team in the SF City League. The Vegetables can trace its roots back to Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park in the late 1970s. A memorial service was held for Russell on May 18 at Speedway, a place where he spent many years playing the game he loved. He went out a winner, passing away shortly after a Vegetables victory. Courtesy photo.

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