Leo John Ruffini
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
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
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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