Joseph L. Ruffo

Ruffo, Joseph L. 98, of Fairweather Avenue died on Monday at the St. Elizabeth Home in East Greenwich.
He was the husband of Carol (Pedro) Ruffo. Born in Norwich, NY he was the son of the late Pasquale and Isabella (Frisio) Ruffo, and had lived in Cranston for many years. Joseph was a former salesman for Armour Foods working in the shortening division. He enjoyed spending his summers in Narragansett, golfing and was an avid bowler. He especially enjoyed working in his garden.
Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter Patricia Paolella and her husband Val, her son in law Gerald Brissette all of Cranston, six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Judith A. Brissette and brother of the late Domenic, Peter, Sam, Tommy, Mary Ruffo, and Ann Biviano. His funeral will be held on Friday at 8:45am from The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Matthews Church Cranston at 10:00am. Visitation will be held on
Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery Cranston. Kindly omit flowers. Donations in his memory may be made to the Saint Elizabeth Home 1 St. Elizabeth Way East Greenwich, RI 02818.

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Jay Brissette - 11/29/2011

It is time to say goodbye to a great man. Gramps you taught me MANY great things in my life and I will never forget you! I will miss you.

Doris Curran, LPN St. Elizabeth Home - 11/30/2011

My deepest sympathy to all of Joe's family and friends. He was a very nice man and will be missed by all our staff.

Lisa Thomas - 11/30/2011

Joe was a great man and I enjoyed spending time with and caring for him in his last year of life. I would often take him for a walk in the garden. Then we would sit, eat cookies and talk. I will miss him! Im so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in one another during this hard time. You are in my prayers....Lisa Thomas, formerly of St. Elizabeth Home Unit One.

Ron & Terry Penpraze - 11/30/2011

Uncle Joe was very special. I have many fond memories of him, Aunt Carol, Judy and Patty coming to visit us in Norwich. As the years went by and the family grew, the visits became fewer, but always special. I will never forget him. When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Our sympathies are with your family at this very sad time.

Donna Pedro Lennon - 12/01/2011

Uncle Joe never seemed to change over the years. He always showed enthusiasm for whatever was at hand. On one visit, a couple years ago, he proudly showed me a small table he had just refinished, one of many such projects he worked on. Joe will be missed and my thoughts are with Aunt Carol and her family during this difficult time.

pat kurowski - 12/02/2011

Patti, Very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Please know that I will keep you in thought and prayer. Sincerely Pat K

Carol Rausch - 05/08/2017

My childhood memories of get togethers at each other's houses will always stay with me. The small porch attached to my home was built by Joe and my father Bert. Joe was my father's best work friend which became a lifelong friendship. My childhood was better because of the Ruffo family.

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