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Russell Norman Grombach

January 19, 1999 - December 24, 2018


On Monday, December 24, 2018, Russell Norman Grombach passed away at home in Cranbrook.   Russell was born on January 19, 1999 in Cranbrook and was raised here.  He was currently working at McDonald’s Restaurant and at The Drive radio station at the time of his passing.

Russell loved nice cars and had big dreams of owning a fancy car someday. He enjoyed all kinds of music but especially Rap and Rock – although he enjoyed any and all. Russell loved hockey – not just watching but playing too. At any one moment he could have been found at any golf course, hitting 300+ yard drives, and making eagle putts.  He was the producer of Kootenay ICE Hockey on “The Drive 102.9 FM” – he ran all the equipment from behind the scenes to make sure it all ran smoothly during the game broadcast.  Russell was loved at his places of work.  At the beginning of a shift at McDonald’s, he would go around asking each person how they are doing.  He had a true love for people and those around him.  In the last few months, Russell concentrated on his muscle gain and fitness.  He rode his bike everywhere and liked to be active.  Russell did struggle with some low periods in his life, but he recently began climbing a peak and was heading on and up to better things.  Of all the loves that Russell did have, his son Xavier was his greatest!  This young boy carries all the same warm and loving characteristics of his father, and will carry them on with him as he grows into a man his dad would have been proud of.  Russell will be missed so much by all of us.

Left to mourn Russell’s passing are his beloved mother Joyce Merrick, his father Harry Grombach, his only brother Robert and sister-in-law Sarah, his most loved son Xavier, the mother of his son Kyla Traue, and his grandfather Brian Merrick. Also left are his Oma and Opa Grombach in Penticton, Uncle Doug and Aunty Bernadine Merrick, Cousin Allan Merrick (Godfather), Cousins Deanna & Dave Rainey, Uncles Roland (Shelley) and Bernd Grombach (Crystal), and  Aunty Monica Grombach.  Russell was predeceased by his loving grandmother Diane Merrick in March 2018.

A Memorial Service for Russell will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Cranbrook Alliance Church, 1200 Kootenay St. N., Cranbrook. Condolences may be left for the family at


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lori White
Relation: Friend of father

So very sorry for your loss Harry, my heart goes out to you and your family!

From: Dezaray Meyer
Relation: Co-worker at McDonalds

This is still so hard to believe. You were a great friend and co-worker, and so undeserving. My condolences to the Grombach family.

From: Doreen Lethbridge

So very sorry for the loss of your son. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Linda Butz
Relation: EA in his grade 6 classroom

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Russell. I’m very sad to hear about his passing. He was a very polite and pleasant young man to be around. I’ll always remember his smile and his friendly personality. RIP

From: Brenda Goodspeed
Relation: MY Mother Sharron Billey & Sister Crystal are long time friends with Harry.

So very sorry on the loss of your Beloved Son, Harry.

From: Shelley Balfour
Relation: Teacher

Russell and his family were a very important part of the Pinewood family. He will be missed by so many. Our hearts go out to you all.

From: Mark Kinsman
Relation: Friend

Thinking of you all during this very difficult time <3

From: Mark Kinsman
Relation: Friend

Hugs to you all <3

From: Jane Nixon
Relation: Secretary at Pinewood School

Wonderful memories of Russell at Pinewood Elementary School. His family – Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa made such a difference to our school community. In later years, I loved when Xavier would come to visit me at Pinewood–Great Grandpa Brian would bring him to visit me. No one knows how much of an impact they have on the lives of other people.

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Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
January 16, 2019

Cranbrook Alliance Church
1200 Kootenay Street North
Cranbrook, BC Canada

1200 Kootenay Street North
Cranbrook, BC Canada

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