Dino Ruffoni
1934 - 2021
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09/11/1934 - 05/16/2021 The world lost a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather on May 16, 2021. He was a man of strength and character. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Dino William Ruffoni, died at age 86 after a full and meaningful life. He touched all the people he met with his positive attitude and charm. Dino was born in San Francisco, California at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the third of four children born to Enrico Angelo Ruffoni (Henry) and Inez Madeline Danieli. His Father immigrated to America from Italy on the passenger ship, La Bretagne, in 1906 at age 17. At one year of age, his family moved from San Francisco to Redwood City. In 1942, the family moved again to a small family farm in Redwood City where his mother grew all of their food on the farm, cementing his love for fresh homemade foods. He attended Sequoia High School, where at six feet five inches tall he was a star on the school basketball team. Dino also participated in the high school drama program as an actor. He was a good student and well-liked by his classmates and teachers. Dino was a veteran of the Korean war, serving proudly for his country, in the First Battalion, 3rd Marines, based out of Hawaii, known as the Lava Dogs. When his military service was over, he attended San Jose State University on the GI bill receiving a degree in Business Administration. He played basketball while attending San Jose State. Shortly after graduation, he got a job at Ampex in Redwood City where he met his future bride and life partner, Carol Frances Cirimele. Together they had three children, Dino Jr., Steve and Dina. In the summer of 1963, he was recruited by Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo, California where he had a long and distinguished career. He continued his education while working and graduated from the UCLA Anderson Executive Program In 1979. He retired in 1992 after serving as a Senior Vice President of Materiel. The family moved to the Hollywood Riviera in 1967 where Dino was actively involved in his community as a baseball and soccer coach and supporting his wife and children and their various interests. He was proud to say that he never missed a game or an event. Dino and Carol loved to travel and especially enjoyed the Lake Tahoe area where they spent over 40 summers vacationing there surrounded by family and dear friends. They enjoyed numerous trips to Italy and delighted in submerging themselves in the Italian culture and meeting and forging life-long relationships with relatives and new-found friends It was a lifelong dream to share his Italian heritage with his family and In 2013, Carol and Dino surprised the whole family with a hosted three-week trip to Italy with their children, spouses and grandchildren. It was a wonderful trip providing lasting and cherished memories for all. Dino was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time at their place in Palm Desert and loved a challenge on the racquetball court. He liked cooking with his children and grandchildren especially making homemade pasta. He always had a new recipe to share. He loved riding his bike and walking on the strand in Redondo Beach. He enjoyed spending time watching sports and was a huge Lakers fan. He had a passion for soccer and was thrilled to have a front row seat to all the action when he worked for the 1994 Los Angeles World Cup event. He taught his family how to live and to be good people, to care for others, be honest and to laugh and make the most of life. It could be said that the measure of a man isn't determined by his life's accomplishments but rather by how badly he will be missed. Dino will surely be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Carol and his older sister Lillian. He was survived by his two brothers, Hank and Ted Ruffoni, his three children, Dino William Ruffoni Jr. (Teresa), Steven Michael Ruffoni (Yvonne) and Dina Marie Ruffoni Balfour (Bob), his five grandchildren Marisa, Angelena, Marie, Jack and Tanner and his three great granddaughters, Denver, McKenzie and Tatum. A celebration of life is planned for Dino on Monday, June 21, 2021, at 1:00 at the King Harbor Yacht Club located at 280 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach, California 90277. Dino continued to support the Marine Corp later in his life working with the charity, Desert Cities Mitchell Page Medal of Honor Chapter assisting with fund raising and other events (fmdadesert.org). In Lieu of flowers any donations can be made to this charity in Dino's name.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Jun. 6, 2021.
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June 8, 2021
Dino was a fine man, and I feel honored to have known him. He will be greatly missed by family and friends alike. He treated everyone with respect and kindness, and was always interested in what others had to say.
Judy Reid
June 6, 2021
My sincere condolences to Carol and Dino's family and friends.
Mike Wilson
June 6, 2021
My family would like to offer our family's condolences to Dino's family, Steve, Yvonne and Tanner, during these trying times. Our thoughts are with you.
Andy and Dylan Hastings
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