James Ruslan Greene


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James R Greene

James Ruslan Greene, beloved son of Meg Maroney and Michael Greene, passed away unexpectedly on October 3, 2023 at the age of 22.

James was a fourth-year student in the Carson School of Business at Washington State University.   He was awarded his bachelor’s degree posthumously after being cited as a member of the President’s Honor Roll in the fall of 2020.   He was born in Novosibirsk, Russia on March 26, 2001 and became part of our family in April of 2002.  He attended Audubon Elementary, Rose Hill Middle School, and Lake Washington High School where he participated in track and field, cross-country and football his freshman and sophomore years.

He completed high school with recognition as part of the National Honor Roll.   He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, studying Chinese language (in preparation for a career in International Business), being an online entrepreneur and producing and creating eight of his own ambient music albums (https://svartsolace.bandcamp.com).

He was a collector of religious and medieval artwork. He was loyal and generous with friends. He was a giver of thoughtful and sometimes extravagant gifts.

He will be deeply missed by grandmother, Mary Maroney; Aunt Eileen and Uncle John Janecki; Aunt Moira Maroney and her partner Jim Redmond; first cousins, Caroline (Janecki) and her husband Tanner Bowers and Annie Janecki; Grand Aunts and Uncles, Kathleen and Kevin Rice and Rosemary McManus and his close friends.  He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Annie and Patrick Greene, maternal grandfather James Maroney and grand uncle John McManus who met him on the other side.

We will hold a Celebration of his Life at a later date in our home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hazelden-Betty Ford Centers for addiction recovery (https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/ways-to-give).

26 Responses to “James Ruslan Greene”

  • Carol Porkka says:

    This is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful young man. I knew him through Meg and the stories she shared. What an incredible, accomplished person who is gone much too soon. My heart aches for Meg and Mike, and the entire family for the loss.

  • Evelyn Ward says:

    So sorry for your loss. May James rest in peace

  • Kate Cochran says:

    I can’t imagine anything crueler than a child passing before his parents. If there is any comfort to be had, I hope that you can find it knowing that the life you gave him, unfairly short as it was, was filled with love.

    I’m sorry that I never met Jamie. I got chills learning that he shared my love for the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. It’s a reminder of the sometimes invisible ties that connect us all.

    Sending love,

  • Staci Pendergress says:

    Meg and Michael, I am so very sorry for your loss. Roger and I are here for you in any way we can offer support. You are in our hearts.
    Love, Staci and Roger

  • Maureen Matson- Gustafson says:

    A beautiful tribute to your beautiful boy❤. Although, cut way too short, a full life lived.

  • Noel Martyn says:

    I am so glad and lucky to have met Jamie when he visited Ireland with you guys back in September 2019. Jamie was a lovely lad and I am deeply sorry for Mick and Meg. You are both constantly in my thoughts and may Jamie Rest In Peace.

  • Julia Cowan says:

    My deepest condolences. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Tom Fadden says:

    So very sorry for your loss. He sounds like a great guy, wish I could have known him. Our babies no matter how old they get are still our babies, and they’re not supposed to go before us. I’m sure you have tons of great memories of James in the short time he was here, that’s what you need to remember. RIP James, God’s speed.

  • Sean Ginty says:

    It was a pleasure to meet Jamie on his Irish visit with you guys. Sorry for your troubles x

  • Katie Chilcott says:

    Jamie was Nathan’s first friend when we moved to Redmond 19 years ago. I have so many wonderful memories of spending long afternoons at the park with you and Jamie. I have loved watching him grow into such a kind young man. He was loved by us and will be greatly missed.

  • Krista Capodanno says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful words about Jamie and his passions. I smiled remembering the extravagant gift giving. I hope that your loving family memories give you some comfort. His loss is devastating.

  • Jay Lamble says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss Meg. I hope you can find comfort in your family and friends. We will be praying for him and you

  • Michael Walsh says:

    Mike & Meg

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It’s truly heartbreaking for you. I was pleased to have met this fine man on his Irish Holiday. May he rest in peace.

    Michael Walsh

  • Martin Murphy says:


    It’s hard to put in words to you but from experience time heals. The best thing we can do is hold them in our memories not to ask why but to remember all the experiences that we have had with them. To ask them for help when we are in need. In time we will all be together again. They are setting the table for us when we are able to feast with them again.

    Take care my friend.

  • Grant says:

    Rise in peace, James.

    Meg, Mike, love and strength to you and everyone who loves him. ❤️

  • Jenny Corry says:

    Thinking of you both during this incredibly difficult time. Please accept my deepest condolences for Jamie’s passing. May you find strength in the love and support of those around you and may your cherished memories of your son bring you comfort in the days ahead. You are both in our thoughts,
    hearts, and prayers

  • Nataly Pluta says:

    Jamie was a true gift to you and Mike and his memory will endure in your hearts and mine. I remember meeting him as a toddler and his love of Bob the Builder. Then meeting him again at Disneyland where he enjoyed the rides and wonder of the park. You two were exceptional parents and gave him the love and attention he deserved. May your hearts heal and always remember his wonderful soul.

  • Helen & Joe Ginty says:

    We are deeply sorry to hear of your loss cousin Mick and lovely Meg. We fondly remember meeting Jamie and yourselves here in Donegal on your last trip over. What a great night we had !You are and will remain in our thoughts and prayers xxxxHelen &Joe

  • Helen & Joe Ginty says:

    We are deeply sorry to hear of your loss cousin Mick and lovely Meg. We fondly remember meeting Jamie and yourselves here in Donegal on your last trip over. What a great night we had !You are and will remain in our thoughts and prayers xxxxHelen &Joe

  • Brandon Lopez says:

    I lost touch with James 4 years ago and even so I never forgot who he was and what he meant to me. He was loyal and a joyful friend who I drove far to go see or to hang out with. He invited me to alot of gathering and I took him to my family member’s parties and church. He was always ready to go to church and would talk to every member he could. I miss James to this day and I wish I could of spent more time with him. We had a 5 year friendship. Rest in peace James.

  • Mari-Rose McManus says:

    You showered Jamie with love while he was here – I hope he’s with my Dad now..

  • Armand Mousavi says:

    I along with many others will deeply miss James. He was a kind soul and we were deep friends during school. James took the time to drive me and Adam to school every day when we attended Bellevue College. James will always be a hero to me and I wish I could have thanked him for all that he had done before he left us. Your spirit was a gift to this world. Condolences to all in his family and may his memory live on. Rest well friend.

  • Claire Ward says:

    Dear Mike and Meg,
    My deepest condolences on the loss of Jamie. Sending thoughts and prayers across the miles from Ireland to you at this difficult time.
    Claire xx

  • Dax says:

    I found out two weeks after. I’ve been super depressed over it. James and I got really close this past year. We worked together and hung out outside of work a lot. I mentored him on many different things. He looked up to me and was inspired by my own life. I was happy to have such a non-judgmental, kind-hearted, and fun friend!! I will forever morn his death but I’m super happy for our memories. I love you so so much friend. you were like family to me. <3

  • Cindy Uthus says:

    Meg and Mike, We are so sorry for your loss and the world’s loss! Jamie always was interested in things and looking to see how they worked. He always had a ready smile and was always nice to us. Remember when he and Kats were playing in the other room at my house and they came into the room where we were and said “the sky is falling”? We told them that wasn’t possible, but it was! My skylight spontaneously combusted! All the safety glass chunks were raining down! He kept asking how that could happen, but we didn’t know! Again, I am so sad for you all, but we know he is doing alright in the company of your dad! Many hugs to you two! 💕💕💕💕

  • Jackie Radecki says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your Jamie. He accomplished great things in his short life, and it sounds like he spread a whole lot of love. Keeping your family close in prayer. I hope there’s a trip to Chicago in your near future. We would love to see you!

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