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RUGGERIO, Richard S.

Ruggiero - Richard S. July 24, 2014 of Hamburg, NY formerly of Utica, NY; son of the late Thomas J. and Theresa F. (nee Passalacqua) Ruggiero; beloved husband of Janis (nee Ziolkowski); dearest brother of Elaine Altamuro (Donald Marino). He cherished the memory of his beloved brother, Thomas J. Ruggiero Jr. who passed away in 2007; also survived by his many nieces and nephews, including Tricia Ruggiero, Tracy Rugiero, Tammy (Harry) Allman, Bill Ruggiero, Thomas J. Ruggiero III, Shari (Michael) Vigneau, and Marc Altamuro; and his great-nieces and nephews, Brittany Bonner, Connor Vigneau, Evan Richard Vigneau and Rocco Ruggiero. Richard was laid to rest on July 28 at Calvary Cemetery in Utica, NY. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday August 30th at 9:15 AM at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna, NY, where Richard was a lector for the last 25 years. Friends invited. Richard was a graduate of Niagara University Class of 1966, where he earned a BA in English. Richards professional and civic careers spanned 46 years. He entered the work world as a teacher in the Utica City School District, a position he held for 15 years. He then dedicated himself to Public Service, serving 2 terms as a City Councilman in the City of Utica, and serving 3 terms in the NYS Legislature as a member of the Assembly. After his tenure in the Assembly, Richard worked as a Marketing Consultant for the Gateway Trade Center, Inc. and as a Account/Public Relations Representative for Buffalo Crushed Stone, Inc. He was a former member of the Board of Directors at Shea's Performing Arts Center, The Crisis Program, Albany, NY, Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce and Compeer West. He also served as a former member of the Board of Directors for Our Lady of Victory Hospital, the Parish Council at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree and the Sons of Italy in America. The family extends heartfelt thanks to relatives and friends for their kind expressions of sympathy, and to Hospice Buffalo Inc. for their loving and compassionate care. Arrangements by LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME INC. 716-627-2919

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