John “Jack” Ruff

August 27, 1939 - October 22, 2018
John “Jack” Ruff

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John “Jack” Ruff of Williamsburg, VA passed away on October 22, 2018, at the age of 79, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Jack was born in 1939 to Peter and Agnes Ruff and lived most of his life in southeastern Michigan. He graduated from the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and had a career in paper and packaging sales, primarily to the automotive industry.

He moved to Williamsburg in 1996 with Suzanne, his loving wife of 56 years, who survives him. He is also survived by their daughter Sally and her husband Chuck Hartman, Jr., of Williamsburg; by their son Paul and his wife Barbara Ruff of Parker, CO; and by their four grandchildren: Chad and Drew Hartman and Cydney and Sabrina Ruff.

Jack was a longtime member of St. Bede Catholic Church, and co-leader of the St. Bede JOY Ministry for many years, providing Holy Communion, comfort, and companionship to those unable to attend church. He was strong in his faith with a lifelong zeal to give back to his community. In recent years, when asked how he would like to be remembered, his response was “helping anyone I can”. He did that in many ways even as his dementia progressed.

Jack was an avid golfer and holder of five hole-in-one trophies, three of which are from the Golden Horseshoe Golf Course, where he enjoyed playing during his retirement. Jack and Suzanne loved to travel and had the opportunity to retire early, allowing them to travel extensively in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Jack’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 3, at 12 Noon, after which his cremains will be inurned in St. Bede’s Columbarium. Light fare and refreshments will follow at Kaplan Hall for all friends and family.


Saturday, November 3, 2018
12:00 PM

Saint Bede Catholic Church - Directions
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • October 22, 2018
    Sam and Jackie Bowlin says:
    Jack was a real gentleman and good Christian man who did a lot for his church, he had a smile for all and will be greatly missed.

  • October 28, 2018
    The Roberts-Barcalow Family says:
    We are most grateful for the times we spent on Walsingham sidelines with Jack, with his infectious smile and enthusiastic support of his grandsons and all their friends. We have missed him and will continue to do so, but we are thankful to have know this special man and his cherished family.

  • October 28, 2018
    Katherine Lawson says:
    Suzanne, I'm so glad I got to know you and wonderful, sweet Jack. I regret it was so late in his illness. I can only imagine how vital he was before Alzheimer's took over. My memories of him are his engaging smile and his overwhelming desire to help me move some of Richard's furniture. That always makes me smile and says so much about that wonderful husband of yours. I look forward to seeing you again, and to remembering our two guys in heaven...they would have been great friends.

  • October 29, 2018
    Hank Majdeski says:
    My deepest and sincere condolences to Jack's family. I came to know Jack at a time in my life when I was experiencing a lot of despair and lack of confidence in who I was and the direction I was heading. Jack's fellowship and support helped me through that period and come out on the other side a better, more positive person. I'll always cherish the time I had with him.

  • October 29, 2018
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