November 8, 2021 will be remembered as the day the larger-than-life Joe Ruguone left us to join friends, family and pets he adored who preceded him. He’s probably making them pizza or a big pot of spaghetti right now. He was the most fun, different, interesting grandpa on the planet, and everyone has a million stories about him. He is survived by his wife Barbara to whom he was the love of her life, 2 incredible daughters, Sandy (Larry Evans) and Debbie (Fred Cohen), sister, Marie (Dick Johnson) and brother Noel Ruguone (Debbie). His son, Steve, had made the journey before him. He’s also survived by 7 grandchildren he adored, Tony Evans (Crystal), Danny Evans (Audrey), Jenn Calhoun (Jared), Stephany Cohen, Haley Haynes, Andy Ruguone (Reanna) and Leah Mendoza (Sean), as well as 11 special great-grandkids. He has left so many people behind who have great memories of him. As one said, “Look out Heaven, Joe Ruguone has entered the building.” Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
Marie ree Johnson
Rest in peace Sonny. We love you.
Joe you were my hero. I will never forget the good times we had together. You will live in my heart forever.
I’ll always miss you. You were the love of my life. You’ve shown me a few time since you left that you’re still watching over me. I smile every time I see a picture of you or think of us camping and fishing. It feels a little like I’m talking to you right now and that makes me happy. Your last words to me couldn’t have been more perfect. When I said I love you Joe and you said “of course you do, you can’t help yourself” you gave me a happy memory.
I miss my grandpa so much. I honestly thought he would live forever.
When grandpa was in hospice I called him and told him that to this day I try to perfect his amazing spaghetti sauce that our family will never forget. I told him that to this day, I haven’t perfected it. Grandpa said ‘if you make it, it is perfect’. I said ‘grandpa, I can’t get the ingredients right, I especially screw up nutmeg.’ He said ‘if you make it, it’s perfect. Except for the nutmeg.’ Lol. Grandpa, you always had a way of making each and every one of us grandkids feel so special. We were always in competition for your love because we all loved you so much.
I hope that my family can heal. There has been so much discord but the truth is, you were and are the center of our family, IMO. I’ll never forget every single holiday. I’ll never forget sleep overs and the pool that you kept such good care of for all of us. I’ll never forget peanut butter and jelly dance of yours off of the diving board.