In Memoriam


Leo John Ruffini

Ruffini, Leo John
May 24, 1926 - Sep. 17, 2012
Leo John Ruffini, 86, from Sarasota, passed away at home on September 17, 2012. Born May 24, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY, he served in the U.S. Army from March, 1945 to December 1946.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Queens College, NY and obtained a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University, NY.

He married the love of his life, Colleen Turner, on April 24, 1954.

After having worked as manager in the Organization & Procedures Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for 25 years, he and Colleen relocated to Sarasota from New Jersey in 1986. He pursued his love for tennis, playing regularly until he was 82.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Colleen, daughter Delia (Palm Harbor), son Richard (Sarasota), three grandchildren, Victoria, William, and Ricky, sister Jeanette (NJ), brother Philip (NY), many nieces and nephews as well as extended family in Sydney, Australia.

A Requiem Mass will be held at noon Saturday, September 22nd at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow.  Interment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Leo was a past President of the Mental Health Advocacy Group in Bergen County, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Prospect House, Mental Health Community Center, 240B South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237 or to Forward in Faith North America, Attn: Michael Howell, Executive Director, P.O. Box 210248, Bedford, TX 76095-7248

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