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Ruggieri, Anthony G.
"Tony" "Junior"
Irondequoit: Passed away peacefully on March 24 at the age of 66, after a courageous 3 year fight with cancer. He will join for all eternity his infant son, Mark and his parents, Anthony and Josephine Ruggieri; leaving behind his beloved children, Christopher (Andrea), Jodi (Greg) Johnson, Casey, Brendan, Justine; granddaughters, Alexandra, Erica and Viala; sister, Guane "Corky" Aloi; brother, Samuel (Mary); paternal aunt, Yolanda Cavagrotti; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; special devoted friends, John (Carol) Toscano, Terri Luther, James and Cathy Hauser and their children, Sara, Hannah, Julia; and his beloved pets, Maggie, Jade and Max.
The Family wishes to extend their thanks and gratitude to the many caring, compassionate and dedicated doctors, nurses and caregivers at Rochester General Hospital, the Oncology Cancer Center, Visiting Nurse Service and The Heritage.
Tony was a teacher at Greece Arcadia High School and an honored member of the Greece School District for 35 years, where he developed life long friends of fellow teachers and the admiration of hundreds of students.
"Dear Dad, Grandpa and Junior, you will be missed but never forgotten"
His family will receive friends THURSDAY 7-9 pm and FRIDAY 4-8 pm at the funeral home. Friends are invited to meet the family SATURDAY 10:00 AM at ST. CECILIA CHURCH for his funeral mass. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Lipson Cancer Center.

PAUL W. HARRIS FUNERAL HOME
570 Kings Highway So. 544-2041
www.harrisfuneralhome.com


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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2009.
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November 6, 2013
Today ... my birthday ... I woke up to many happy wishes in my email and as I looked down the list YOUR name appeared because someone had entered a memory of you. Strange timing wasn't it? I miss you every day.
Terry Luther
November 5, 2013
You, Sir, are an all-time classic. Not forgotten, and not quite gone.
J.D. Curran
July 20, 2012
A note to check in on the guest book appeared in my email today ... funny thing how reminders of happier times show up when I am most stressed or challenged. Not a day goes by that I don't think of Tony - the man second only to my dad for all the love (albeit a much different kind of love), friendship, respect, honesty, humor and genuine care he gave me every day from my own HS years, throughout my teaching career and on until his passing. Tony and even all of his family ... kids, first wife, siblings, cousins ... all are never far from my heart or my thoughts. Every now and then (not often these days) I get a hint of the scent of Brute and I know both Tony and my dad are nearby keeping me strong. One of dad's favorites was Sinatra (too many songs to mention) and when I am really missing dad; I play the collection. These weren't Tony's faves (he was more the Roy Orbison guy ... lol) but I still have to share this ... when I get to "My Way" which describes my personality and my history of "fighting the good fight" to a tee ... thoughts of Tony's and my wonderful relationship and what might have been come forward in a flood of emotion. So, f there is any truth about what we were all raised to believe ... I will see you again my dear friend, "My Way" will playing in the background and the "rapture" for me will be to once again have you close so that we can share stories, loving insults and wild and crazy laughter ... I cannot think of anything more heavenly than that!
Terry (Theresa) Luther
July 19, 2012
Was hoping to find a contact for Tony, and was floored with this. My belated condolences. Tony was the real deal.
Pat Proietti
February 4, 2010
I knew Tony back in the early 70s and am sorry to say, lost touch after the mid-80s. I have never forgotten him. As so many have noted here, he left a lasting impression. He was one of the funniest people I ever met. With his quiet sense of humor, he could always make me laugh. Certain things he'd say have stayed with me and still pop out at unexpected times ever since. Thus, his spirit is always alive in me. In addition to being a very special English teacher and all around wonderful person, he was a good artist. I still have a marvelous Christmas card he designed and painted circa 1973. My heart goes out to his children and grandchildren for all they must every day miss in not having him here anymore. God willing, we will all meet on the other side. Rest in peace, Tony.
Madeleine Sweet
June 25, 2009
I recently found out about this beloved teacher's death. I was in his English class in high school but he was so much more than a teacher to my friend and me. We would never allow him to have a quiet, peaceful lunch. He always knew how to make us laugh. He was a wonderful teacher/person. He will be missed!
Bonnie Gerken (Davenport)
April 28, 2009
In Tony's honor, we are at warp speed trying to create a scholarship fund for the purpose of awarding a graduating senior scholarship money (we are looking at the 2nd last week of May - awards night) to assist him/her in pursuing personal talent in writing and/or writing/illustrating. We believe it is what Tony would have done himself had he the means to do so. Please share in honoring Tony's memory if you are able ... a donation of any dollar amount would be much appreciated. Send a check or money order: Greece Arcadia HS ( to the attention of: Chris Ruggieri) 120 Island Cottage Road 14612 make the check or money order out to Greece Arcadia HS but be sure to print: Anthony Ruggieri Memorial Scholarship on the memo line. Doing it this way helps maintain a tax exempt (Chris should not have any worries about checks made out to him personally) through Arcadia HS accounts. Also, you can claim it as a charitable donation. Thank you and much love to all, Terry Luther
Theresa Luther
April 17, 2009
I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Ruggieri, but he had to be a fine, fine fellow if his traits showed up in his son Chris, whom I know as a customer. I'll also surmise he was a great friend of his colleague at Hoover - Mr. James Ecklund, whom I worked with in a shoe store for some years.
Paul Wilson
April 12, 2009
Many of the folks who've left notes knew Mr. Ruggieri from his wonderful days at Greece Arcadia. But years before that, he was already a legend at Hoover Drive Junior High School. I was in his homeroom and he was my English teacher. Very simply, the man changed my life and made me believe that I could make something out of my life. I always thought that I'd look him up one day, to catch up on old times. But life took me in other directions and I never got a chance to say thank you. A lesson learned, I suppose. But although now it's way too late, thank you Mr. Ruggieri. Rest in peace.
Gary Cottingham
April 12, 2009
I haven't seen Mr. Ruggieri since 1981, but I have thought about him many times over the years -- most recently after watching "Tess" on Masterpiece Theatre, a book we read in College English at Arcadia. I still remember our class discussions which were by turns lively and fun and provocative and insightful. I learned a lot that I still carry with me nearly thirty years later. I credit Mr. Ruggieri with teaching me how to think critically and how to express myself clearly, and I will be forever grateful to him for those very valuable gifts that have enriched my life. He was a truly special teacher.
Tom Formicola
March 31, 2009
Joe MuLe. Class of 88. My regards to the family. What a wonderful man.
Joe MuLe
March 31, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was one of the best teachers I ever had. May he rest in peace. All of my thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. He will truly be missed as he touched so many lives!
Jessica Flaherty- Agnello
March 30, 2009
In the early 70s Tony lived across the hallway at the Caldale Court Apartments on Dewey Ave. He was one of the people you meet who makes an impression that 40 years doesn't erase. Even though we had not spoken in decades, word of his death brought him to life in my memory so clearly. What a guy! What great times!
Paul Littrell
March 29, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was one of a kind. I am very sorry for the Ruggieri's Family's loss. I had the wonderful experience of having both the Ruggieri's teach me. I learned so much from them. He will be missed!!!

-Mark Mastin Class of 1998
Mark Mastin
March 28, 2009
Reading through these entries...memories just flooding back, I did not realize at the time how special my experience at Arcadia truly was, in great deal, because of Mr Ruggieri. I did go back from time to time to visit, and he always remembered me, as he did every student he encountered. My thoughts go out to the family, friends, and many students who I'm sure are as overwhelmed as I in realizing just how many people this one man impacted.

Class of 1990
Amy Schwarz
March 28, 2009
My prayers go out to Mr Ruggieri's family. I graduated in 1977 but remember him well. He had a voice like no other and always a smile on his face. His laughter and spirit will stay in the halls of Arcadia forever. He will be missed but not forgotten
Donna (Teresi) Cumberland
March 28, 2009
Without a question, Mr. Ruggieri was my favorite teacher. Over twenty years since he was my english teacher, I still remember how much I loved being in his class. My thoughts, love and prayers to his family . Jennifer Perna
Jennifer Perna
March 28, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was a wonderful, passionate and hilarious teacher. Definitely one of my favorites. I'll never forget his booming voice coming down the hallway. He will be missed. My sympathy to his family . . . may you find peace knowing how many lives he touched. (Class of 1989)
Jennifer Galang
March 27, 2009
One of a kind, no doubt about it, . . . I sit here thinking of the joy that he gave to all of us for so many years; Tony made me laugh, on a regular basis, more than anyone I have ever known; what a precious gift to share with those around him. An extraordinarily talented and beloved teacher, colleague and friend, I shall miss his special brand of lovable craziness; it always made the weight of this world a little lighter. As I read these tributes, it is clear that so many of us will carry him forward in our memories and in our hearts; and in that way, his compassion, kindness, laughter and generosity of spirit will live on. My thoughts and love go out to his entire family and circle of dear friends.
Jude Ellis
March 27, 2009
Tony teaches,
Sometimes he teases;
‘Tis timeless truth.

Katrina Hoffman Swartz (1975)
Lisa Swartz, grandstudent (2000)
March 27, 2009
I don't have the words to describe how much this man will be missed. I made sure, along with the urging of Mr. Keck, to take his AP English class in my senior year, realizing that no Greece Arcadia High experience was complete without having him as a teacher. In my heart it will always be "Ruggieri High". My heart goes out to his family, his friends, and to anyone else who ever had the pleasure of meeting this great teacher, and this great man. God Bless.
B Noto
March 27, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was the best and most entertaining teacher I ever had. He will truly be missed by all who spent time with him. My condolences to his family and friends. Class of 1995
Greg Pecoraro
March 27, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was one of my favorite teachers. His class was the highlight of my senior year. I still share stories of his classroom antics with loved ones. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Peace to those who mourn him...
- Class of 1998
Laura Randall
March 27, 2009
These memories along with the facebook memories are amazing to read...to touch so many and leave with such big smiles in their hearts...there are not enough Mr. Ruggieri's in our world or in the education system. I have no doubt there was a crown waiting for him at the pearly gates. We have been so very blessed!!!
March 27, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was an immensely talented, clever, funny and motivated teacher. He was a wonderful and kind person as all of these tributes from across the country attest. Importantly, he was extremely impactful and effective not only as an English teacher but also a positive influence on all the students. He challenged us as well as inspired us to really learn in his classroom. My brothers & I were blessed to have him as a teacher and he will be profoundly missed. He's a model of what a tremendous and honest educator can aspire to be.
Class of '99
Chris Harrington
March 27, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Ruggieri was a wonderful person and inspriational teacher. I can still see him walking the hallways--with a word or smile for everyone he passed. He will be missed.
Marcia (Otero) Mosele Class of 1981
March 27, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was a truly wonderful teacher - one of a kind and not easily forgotten. His humor and classroom antics made learning fun, and I am grateful that I was able to be taught by one of the best. May his family be comforted by the fact that he will be so fondly remembered by so many.
Maria Mastri Scrivens ('94)
March 27, 2009
Mr. Ruggeri was an inspiration to all of us students throughout the years at Greece Arcadia. All teachers could learn from his legacy of teaching, befriending and mentoring. It is sad to hear of his early passing. He will be missed.
Class of 96
March 27, 2009
Time in your office
Your smile, as poetry
My tears, you are gone

I see Tony's smile, feel the ascerbic wit, and hear his loveable 'ursine grumbling' as I write this note. Tony's passion for art and creative writing is his lasting legacy. Such passion derived its inspiration from the simple, meaningful lesson that creativity articulates what is most meaningful, life is a self-improvement plan, and should be shared by great and lasting friendships. This 'Office Coffee Club' member may deeply regret your passing, but will cherish forever those valuable life lessons I learned from you.

My most sincere thoughts are with your family at this time of great loss.
Rex Denton
March 27, 2009
Dear Justine and Ruggieri family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like he was a wonderful person. He has touched so many lives and made a difference in them. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, The Barrett's
Marcia Barrett
March 27, 2009
My name is Debbie Paniccia and Mr. Ruggieri was my English teacher in High School (I was Debbie Kaplan then) I have such great memories of such a fun loving and inspiring teacher.. He was a very special man and will be missed so much. Keeping him in my thoughts.
Debbie Kaplan Paniccia
Debbie Paniccia
March 26, 2009
Ruggs impacted so many. We should all measure ourselves by these standards.
Steve Shaffer
March 26, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was entertaining, enthusiastic and a truly talented teacher.
I looked forward to every class (Senior year 1981) not knowing what new experience might occur. He gave each student in our class a nickname; many of which have stuck to today.
It is no small statement that there are 106 signatures before mine!
Thanks for the memories Mr. R!
Rhonda Reynolds (Frisbee)
March 26, 2009
My teacher, my mentor, my greatest friend...35 years is not enough. I will miss you each day until we meet again. Every heartfelt tribute written is testimony to your excellence as a teacher and more importantly as a man that gave so freely of his intellect, humor and love of life. My prayers are with you always, as well as your dear family. Tony, do me a favor and give Ed the biggest hug you can for me. Much love.
Terry Luther
March 26, 2009
What can I say that people haven't already said. Mr. Ruggieri made coming to school fun & educational. He put smiles on students face's whenever he seen them be it in the classroom or hallway. He was a great man & a greater teacher. You will be missed Mr."R", R.I.P. Richard Falzolare (class of '94)
Richard Falzolare
March 26, 2009
Tony Ruggieri was one of THE funniest men and most motivational teachers I've ever known. Imagine my surprise when my kids came home and not only had his son Chris as their teacher, but on occasion, had Tony! Imagine Tony's surprise when he realized who my kids belonged to and who their aunt and uncles were (boy did the stories fly). Thirty-three years later I got to repay a tiny bit of what Tony gave, by being his nurse on a few occasions. We both shared the same battle with cancer-but truely believed "What cancer CANNOT do- It cannot cripple love, shatter hope, corrode faith, destroy peace, kill friendship, suppress memories, silence courage, invade the soul, steal eternal life, or conquer the spirit." RIP Tony!

Lynne (Coddington) Defendorf Class of 1976
Lynne (Coddington) Defendorf
March 26, 2009
I loved Tony. He was an excellent teacher and a kind, honorable man who loved people and loved to make people laugh. I was one of many who hung out in his office when he was editor of The Reed ... Cathy Moriarty, Rina DiBello, Bill Bingham, Barb, Joe ... and that was decades ago. He touched my heart then and I still love him today. My hope is that all of his kids know how many people loved their dad. I'm one of them and always will be!
Karen Baglin
March 26, 2009
my heart goes out to the Ruggieri family!! was in his English class back in the day..
at Arcadia 1972-1976 he was an awsome teacher. Will never forget him. My prayers goes out to all of you.
Kim Smith-Fritts
March 26, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was my favorite english teacher and I will always have fond and funny memories of my high school years because of him. He made coming to school and learning a very positive experience for me and so many others. He will be missed and in my prayers.

Michell (Anthony) Lester
Class of 1989
Michell Lester
March 26, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri is the epitome of what a great teacher is: an inspiration to their students to learn, to grow, to laugh, and to not take themselves so seriously. I remember his booming voice, and his belly laugh...I also remember always wondering where the time went when that bell would ring. I have that same feeling now: where did 10 years go? Mr. Ruggieri will remain in the halls and hearts of all those in arcadia who had the honor of sitting in his class. Bless you Mr. Ruggieri.

Lyndsey Fryer ('99)
March 26, 2009
Though I never had him as a coach, I remember Coach Ruggieri when I was young; he was always positive and kept spirits up. He touched more lives in a way than most people could ever dream to. My heart and prayers go out to Brendan and Justine and the rest of the Ruggieri's. He definitely had a very positive and lasting impact on our community. May he rest peacefully.
Thomas F Kirchgessner
March 26, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ruggieri family. I am sick to hear this! You know that you are a good teacher when you have students spending their study hall and lunch periods with you. You will be sadly miss Ruggieri! You have impacted so many peoples lives. Every student you came in contact with loved you, Including me!
Elyse (Dana) Cardarelli
March 26, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was the man! By the time I got to high school, Ruggieri was a substitute teacher. Both of my parents had him when they were in high school waaaaay back in the day, and he would always say to me, "Hey Kadar....How's Patty Cook!?" What a funny dude he was. My favorite memory was when him and I loaded up an unattended bag in the library with books, prompting the library alarm to sound when the student tried to leave and the two of us ran back to the high school! RIP Mr. Ruggieri You were an exceptional teacher and an exceptional man.
Nate Kadar
March 26, 2009
He will be missed! He was my homeroom teacher for 9th-11th grades. When I didn't have him for Senior year it just wasn't the same! He always made it a fun start to the day!! He liked to say my name in a funny voice & it would just make me crack up laughing! I'm sure we all have fond memories of him from school. He was a great teacher!
Kinita Haynes (Coe)
March 26, 2009
We have only known Tony for the past 11 years through our good friend Cathy Hauser. We enjoyed many dinners and cocktail hours together at the infamous Moriarty house. So fortunate to have met such an inspiring and lovable man. God Blessed us all when He gave us Tony. May God give peace to his family who will miss him. Thank you Cathy and Jim for your dedication to your good friend Tony. Rest in Peace Tony.
Mark, Donna, Jake, Therese, Emily, Daniel, Caroline & AnnMarie Hubbel
March 26, 2009
I am at such a loss for words. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family. He was my teacher in my senior year. My favorite teacher...I still tell stories about him. He always had a way of making you feel like you were his favorite. The way him and Mr. Hardmeyer would walk shoulder to shoulder and create a wall so you couldn't get by. He used to get me laughing when I was down. He is truly an inspiration. Someone I will never forget...Rest In Peace Mr Ruggieri - We'll miss you.
Brenda Knotowicz (Class of 87')
March 26, 2009
Corky
My prayers go out to you and the rest of the Ruggieri family. I am so sorry!
Bob Dierna
March 26, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
March 26, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was instrumental in keeping students engaged. He was a beloved Teacher and a great person who will be missed tremendously.
Kerri O'Brien
March 26, 2009
To Justine and Family- our thoughts are with you all. Love, Miranda, Gavin, Ben & Family
Miranda Odell-Polmanteer
March 26, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was my favorite teachers at Longridge Elementary School. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Lauren Willoughby Lombard
March 26, 2009
As long as I live, I will never forget Mr. Ruggieri. He made high-school fun and memorable. I think everyone that knew him, has a funny story about him. I just saw his this past summer and he said, "Coykendall, remember when I locked you in the closet?" If I turn out to be half the teacher that Mr. Ruggieri was, then that is good enough for me. I know how much he will be missed by his friends and his family. My heartfelt symapthy to his entire family.
Kim Coykendall-Barlette
March 26, 2009
I was also very lucky to have Mr. Ruggieri for AP English in 1989. He was brilliant!! He also was the only teacher to kick me out of class, which I still laugh about. He was a great man and I was fortunate enough to run into him a few times while shopping at the mall and was great to talk to. My condolences to the family.
Ron Boyce
March 26, 2009
Mr.Ruggieri was one of the best teachers at Greece Arcadia to be around. I have fond and funny memories of him. He definitly was not afraid to interact with his students and had a great time doing so. He will be greatly missed. my condolences goes out to the Ruggieri Family.
Marchon Postell Class of 1994
Marchon Postell
March 26, 2009
I had Mr. Ruggieri AKA Ruggs for English class and he was truly an inspirational teacher. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers go to the Ruggieri family.
Deanna Peet (class of '89)
March 26, 2009
Mr Ruggieri had the most affect on my life, I was lucky enough to have him as a teacher for 9th and 12th grade! He could see the changes I had made from this time, and it was from his encourgement. He will be greatly missed I am so sad.
Class of 2000
Christine Hoag
March 26, 2009
I was class of 2005 so by the time I was at Arcadia high school, Mr Ruggieri was a sub but he still made an impact on students lives when he came in to teach. Whenever he was in to sub, he'd always sit at my table for study halls being typical Ruggieri! It just showed how even though he was no longer full time he still wanted to touch the lives of every student he came across. He was a teacher you could only hope to have. My heart goes out to the Ruggieri family, and he will be missed
Eileen Baxter
March 26, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was my son's favorite teacher..His name was Paul Harman, class of '88 at Arcadia, and he, too, went to be with our Lord in 2004...I know Paul was there at heaven's gate to greet Mr. Ruggieri and thank him for all he did for him. My sympathies to the family...
Barbara Lopez
March 26, 2009
Having Ruggs for homeroom started everyday off with a huge smile =D
He helped me immensely in H.S., his support will never be forgotten...
Mr. Ruggieri will be greatly missed by many, my thoughts are with his family & close friends at this time. How blessed we all were to know such an amazing person, terrific man & influential teacher....May he rest peaceful now until we are all together again...
Heather O'Connor
March 26, 2009
To the Ruggieri family- I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Megan Pask
March 26, 2009
One of a kind..The best!!
Class of 1986
Lori Diamond-Raymond
March 26, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri will truly be missed. I'll always remember him as a fun, engaged, and spirited teacher who left a memorable impression on everyone he came across. He was a spectacular person who had a clear passion for his profession and cared for each of his students. My sincere condolences to his family.

(Class of 1990)
Matt Kaufman
March 26, 2009
I was lucky enough to have Mr. Ruggieri as a teacher my senior year. I hope someday to be as good a teacher as his was. I find myself trying to infuse some of his unique style into my classroom. Though I'm never fully successful, pieces of him are still active in teaching students, even if it's through me.
Michael Tydings
March 26, 2009
O Captain, my Staple Man! To call you the best teacher I've ever had is an understatement; they make movies after such men. Few have meant so much to so many, and now we're all a little late. Your memory is a gift. All roses & hello: solongs and, ashes.
Timothy Green
March 25, 2009
There's not much more I can say that hasn't been said...but the legacy you have left at Arcadia and on many students' hearts is true and real. I never skipped a day of stopping by your classroom before going to my own English class. You made me smile and realize that there were actually teachers around that truly cared for students as people. My sympathies go out to your family, but I am content knowing you are settled in peace. You will never be forgetten.
Bridgette Kommeth
March 25, 2009
My deepest sympathy goes to the Ruggieri family. I had Mr. Ruggieri for a teacher at Arcadia. If there was one teacher/person who stood out among the rest it was him. He was a kind,funny and caring person. He will be sadly missed by all the people who had the opportunity to be part of his life.Karen Sands Ciufo class of "81"
Karen Ciufo
March 25, 2009
To the Ruggieri family---my thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. Ruggieri was one of those teachers who kept things interesting and taught me to do the same as a teacher today. He seemed to have a connection with each student, and, crazy as those connections were, they made us feel like we were "a favorite." I still tell the story of when Mr. Ruggieri came into class with the note pinned to his pants that said, "I spilled my soup." We'll miss you.
Bryana (Zercie) Trupo
March 25, 2009
Rest in peace Mr. Ruggieri knowing how many young lives you touch, inspired, changed, and mentored. You are an inspiration to so many young people. You loved your job and it showed. You leave a wonderful legacy and Arcadia should be proud to have had you. The walls of Arcadia are better because of you. People are better because of you.
Class of 1994
Stacy
March 25, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was by far the best teacher I have had ever in my life. He was the most influential and had an incredible sense of humor. My locker was right next to his classroom for 3 years and he would tease me every single day and I loved every single second of it! I am very saddened to hear of his passing.
Rachel Edwards
March 25, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the family. I had the priveledge to be in Mr Ruggieri's home room and looked forward to every day....even if I wasn't looking forward to school. He made me laugh, reminded me (and our entire homeroom) often, that when he was a kid, my mother used to catch him in his underwear when coming over to visit his sister, Corky. He'd pull me into many of his classes as I walked down the hall, to tell whatever class he was teaching at the time, the same. I always enjoyed the attention and laughter. He'll be dearly missed by many and is surely making others laugh in Heaven.
Cristin Cilano-Wheat (class of 1988)
March 25, 2009
Dear Brendan and family ,
Joe and I send our deepest condolences to you at the loss of your loved one.

Judie and Joe Kemp
March 25, 2009
Ruggieri was one of the best teachers I ever had, and even more than that, he cared for all of his students and always made sure that we all smiled. His presence will truly be missed. My thoughts are with his family and hope that you can take comfort knowing he touched so many lives.
Meaghan (Sommerfeld) Zorij
March 25, 2009
To the Ruggieri Family~ I am so sorry for your loss. Mr Ruggs was a wonderful person with a TRUE passion for teaching. He will certainly be missed. Our prayers are with you during this time.
Jaime Hall (Schumacher)
March 25, 2009
To Mr. Ruggieri's family and friends, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. If there is any way, please take solace in knowing that he obviously touched the lives of many people and his legacy will live on. I do need to say that there wasn't much about high school that I liked and I certainly wasn't one of his best students but English was something I looked forward to everyday. He had an extraordinary way of engaging us and holding our interest. I only hope for my childrens' sake, that they have as dedicated a teacher as Anthony Ruggieri when they are at such a crucial time in their lives.
Rachael Warner-Root (class of '95)
Rachael Root
March 25, 2009
He will truly be missed because he was just such a unique person... His sense of humor, his jokes and pranks, his teaching style, his personality,all made him so unique and liked by all... I was the last of my family to have him as an english teacher and we all had stories to tell.

I'll never forget my nickname "Nick the Greek" every time he would call on me in class when i wasn't listening. Or the funny antics of his that made class pass by that much quicker.

He will never be forgotten and has left behind a legacy of lasting memories
Nicholas Elias
March 25, 2009
There will never be a teacher such as this who has touched the lives of so many people. Ruggieri will be greatly missed by the people whose lives he touched. Arcadia was a better school because of him. May he always rest in peace.

Class of 03'
Megan Renz (Francisco)
March 25, 2009
My thoughts & prayers are with the Ruggueri family as they go through this difficult time. I know it will be hard to go through life without his hilarious sense of humor and larger than life smile....
Lindsay Lohman
March 25, 2009
My older brother, Paul, had Mr. Ruggieri as a teacher and when I went back to Arcadia to visit, he always asked about my brother. He always said that Paul was like the class clown and loved his outgoing personality, always making people laugh and smile. When my brother died at the age of 33, I tried to find Mr Ruggieri to tell him what happened but never was able to find him. I like to think that the both of them are catching up and having a blast. Mr. Ruggeiri was definitely one of a kind. He will be missed by very many!
Kristen Harman
March 25, 2009
My condolences to the Ruggieri family. Mr. Ruggeiri taught me things about literature and writing that I still remember and use. He made learning fun, and there was certainly never a dull moment in his class! For his sake, I hope heaven means a 12 month baseball season and Deli Day for lunch every day.
Dan Tydings
March 25, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was a GREAT man and a WONDERFUL teacher. He was unforgettable for many generations of my family. My favorite memory was when he use to tell me to go play in 5 o'clock traffic on ridge road!! He will be greatly missed and my condolences go out to his family and friends. RIP Ruggieri!!
Class of 2001
Sara Defendorf
March 25, 2009
My thoughts are with the Ruggieri family. Mr. Ruggieri was truly a great teacher of not just english but of life. I know even if you didn't love his subject you always loved going to his class. He has left the bar raised high for all to follow.
Dino Kasvikis
March 25, 2009
I can honestly say that Mr. Ruggieri was one of the few teachers I can actually recall having in high school. He introduced me to the poetry of Robert Bly, which I was very fond of, and whom I actually had the chance to meet later. Mr. Ruggieri was a very spirited individual and he had a great deal of fun teasing us-all in good fun of course. I can only imagine the countless number of individuals whose lives he touched. I'm certain he will be missed.
Tara DiBello Mariolis
March 25, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri, The memories of you will forever stay with me. I graduated in 1998 and I can remember your AP English class like it was yesterday. I remember when you separated my group of friends to prevent us from sitting near each other because we talked too much during class. You put each one of us in the front seat of each row. My favorite memory is when you were telling one of your infamous stories, and you picked up my desk with me in it and shook it! There was never a dull moment and we all love you for that. You kept us on our toes! Now I am a teacher in Greece and I can only hope that my students will remember me the way you are remembered. Rest in peace and know how loved you are by your students.
Laura Oleksyn
March 25, 2009
My thoughts go out to Mr. Ruggieri's Family. This is an immense loss for a lot of people that he touched throughout the years. I had the privilege to have him as my english teacher and my homeroom teacher for four years. I owe a great deal of who I am to him. He was more than a teacher and a mentor. He was truly a Friend. I miss you Tony.
Jonathan Steinmiller
March 25, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Mr Ruggieri's family. He was a wonderful and inspirational man! Many of us were just sharing stories on Facebook about AP English and his fun tactics. He cared about all of his students and pushed us to be our unique best! He will be missed!
Stacia Voight Geib
March 25, 2009
Over a decade out of high school, I still remember looking forward to Mr. Ruggieri's class...even though the first thing he'd usually say to me was that he had seen me off of school grounds during lunch. He was the most entertaining and interesting teacher I have ever had. I feel like he understood what it was really like to be a high school student and immersed himself in his teaching to get to know each of us and make the lessons relevant to our world. No other teacher seemed to really care as much as he did, even coming out to the halls to make us laugh and help us get through the day. To his family, I am sorry for your loss but I hope all of these great memories give you comfort in your time of grief. I could not imagine touching as many lives as Ruggs, but thinking of him today, I am again inspired to try.
March 25, 2009
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Ruggieri! He was definitely one of the more interesting teachers. He touched many peoples lives with his humor, and refreshing way of looking at things. Mr. Ruggieri, always managed to make me smile. He will surely be missed. My condolences go to his family.
Rachel Castelletti
March 25, 2009
Ruggieri, you were an inspiration. I'd leave my homeroom for yours every morning just to have an eraser thrown at me and listen to you tell stories. I was looking forward to seeing you at our 10 year reunion next year. You actually taught me to like Shakespeare. Words can't describe the impression you had on all of us, you will be missed but never forgotten.
Jud White
March 25, 2009
My deepest sympathy, prayers and thoughts go out to the entire Ruggieri Family. Mr. Ruggieri has left alot of memories behind within the walls of Greece Arcadia H.S.
Always loved and never be forgotten
Wayne & Julie Bowles
March 25, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri is definately one of the most beloved teachers at Greece Arcadia and will definately be missed by countless students that loved and enjoyed having him as a teacher and friend. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Katie
Katie
March 25, 2009
Mr. Ruggi was a great teacher as well as a friend to me and all who entered his class. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to all of the family, Heaven is a brighter place with Mr. Ruggs there now. Tammy Spaker class of 91.
March 25, 2009
It saddens me to hear of your loss. I am very sorry. Mr Ruggieri was such a wonderful man and teacher. He taught in such a way, with his unforgettable sense of humor, that for me and many others, his memory will live on. I always looked forward to going to his classes. One of my memories of him is how he use to walk up to me in class singing "She's got Cheri Carpenter Eyes". Back then, I never new why he was singing it to me, but found out years later, it was from the song "Betty Davis Eyes". I now think of him whenever I hear that song on the radio. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Cheri Carpenter (Class of 1982)
March 25, 2009
Some of my fondest memories of Arcadia revolved around AP English with Mr Ruggieri. I will always remember his passion for teaching and the joy he held for his profession. He made learning fun and we loved him for it. Godspeed Mr Ruggieri. The Class of 1988 will always remember you!!!
Jamie McCutchen-Sudore
March 25, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri was a GREAT man!! I never had him as a teacher(summer school only) but the memories surpassed him in many ways! I remember in summer school he would always bust my chops on who I was dating! That Tony!! I'll always remember you!!
Gregg Chisholm
March 25, 2009
When I look back at the many teachers that I had over the years Mr. Ruggieri always seem to stand out from the rest. I enjoyed his style of teaching, his understanding and of course his great patience he had with us students. You will be greatly missed by us all, but you will never be forgotten because you are someone who made a great impression to many people.

Class of 1988
Dan Andrews
March 25, 2009
Mr. Ruggieri, You were the absolute BEST teacher EVER! Even though it's been 20 years since I have graduated, I have never forgotten you...you have made an ever lasting impression on me. You will be missed dearly. Rest in Peace...you deserve it! My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless
Tammy (Curry) Rice
March 25, 2009
Condolences to Tony's family and friends. Remembering him as always smiling, laughing, joking, and genuine.
Dan La Dolce
March 25, 2009
It's impossible not to smile when you think about Mr. Ruggieri....He's one of those teachers/people who are truly unforgettable. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. My heart goes out to his family & friends. He will be missed.
Lori Westland-Reynolds
March 25, 2009
My sympathies to the Ruggieri family. Mr. Ruggieri was definitely one of the more spirited and memorable teachers at Arcadia. He always kept you on your toes with that eraser-throwing habit of his!
Pat Hahn
March 25, 2009
Dear Sam, Mary and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. In reading the guest book, it is touching to see how many students remember Tony fondly. What a wonderful legacy he has left.
Carol & Frank Roach
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