A memorial gathering is planned for Thursday evening for Cross-Rhodes restaurant owner Jeffrey Russell who died Tuesday morning.
The Evanston Review reports Russell was fatally injured in a fall late Monday from a second-floor walkway that connected his home behind the restaurant to the restaurant building at 913 Chicago Ave.
The memorial will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Greek-style diner thatt Russell had operated for 28 years.
Russell is survived by his daughter, Maria Kathryn Russell; brother Jack Russell and sister-in-law Vielka Russell, residents of Long Beach; and sister, Jane Russell, of Palm Springs, Calif.
Last summer, Russell was the recipient of a Service Above Self award from the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, given to Evanston merchants who “demonstrated exceptional generosity and concern for others during the recent economic downturn.”