Carl W. Ruggiero, "Mamo", passed on January 10, 2021.
He resided in Runnemede, NJ; formerly of W. Phila., PA. Age 72.
Beloved husband of Linda Ruggiero (nee Pignoli) for 33 years. Devoted father of Carmine Ruggiero (Melissa), Dana Gaskill (Scott), Carl Ruggiero, Michael Ruggiero, and Stacey Comito (Michael). Loving Grandpop of Nicolas, Alexander, Quinlan, Ava, Alyssa, Anthony, Carly, and Livie. Dear brother of Carol Longo (the late Michael) and Maria Recchia (Nick). Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Mamo will be remembered as a great cook, devoted husband and a doting father and grandfather. He loved to spend time with his family and friends watching sports, singing, dancing and vacationing with his wife.
There will be a viewing from 9:45am to 11:45am Saturday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE.
Funeral Mass 12:30pm at Holy Child Parish, St. Maria Goretti RC Church, 321 Orchard Avenue, Runnemede, NJ 08078.
A livestream of the funeral mass may be viewed by visiting the link below:
Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl's memory to the American Diabetes Association, 1160 US 22 E, Suite 103, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
"My condolences goes out to Carl?s family. I can?t believe he is gone and my heart aches. He was always the life of our family get togethers and kept us laughing. He had a beautiful soul. We shared the same birth date. I loved wishing him a happy birthday. I?m so blessed that Carl was a part of my life. Cousins Forever! Marie"
"My Dear friend since high school ,I had many good times with him, always had a smile on his face, and with later problems you still can always see that smile no matter what he was going through , our group of guys are devastated by this loss of such a great friend. My heart and condolences go out to his family and to Linda for being a human Angel, if there ever was one, and Linda I thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Rest In Peace My Friend "
"I cannot remember a childhood vacation that did not include Carl. Our families did everything together. Even every Sunday in the spring and summer after church we went somewhere. Carl was always our entertainment. Always happy, nothing bothered him even if it meant he got into trouble, he just laughed it off. Will laugh forever over the night he broke the bed jumping on it while singing to the height of his voice. Adulthood did not change him, no matter what pain he endured he always had a happy smile for you when you talked to him. He had a way of welcoming you that you felt the welcome. I know right now between Carl, his mom, and mine heaven is laughing a lot harder. Love your cuz Rita "
"Our condolences to the Ruggerio family in the passing of Carl. He was a dear friend to me for many years. Growing up in the old neighborhood, OLA. RIP Carl in the arms of our Loving Saviour Jesus Christ."
"always considered mamo one of the coolest guys in high school.had a blast in the follies.even after we graduated it was good seeing each other around.R.I.P. MY FRIEND bob chico dicicco"
"Sending deepest condolences to Mamo's family and friends.grew up with him on 49th St. Such a beautiful soul .always a smile on his face and a warm hello. He truly appreciated life and lived it to the max. I know his spirit is instilled in his children and that will carry them thru this difficult time. No greater gift his kids could give him than to live their lives with the same passion n joy he did. God bless n love to his family. There'll be some beautiful music behind those Pearly gates. ? "
"My blood cousin but truly more like my "brother" from another Mother. We grew up as kids together, 49th Street'ers all the way. We began singing together on the corner when we were around 10 years old initially singing duets together then eventually singing with many groups over our 60+ years together. He was the Matre'd/manager/operator of my South Philly Cent' Anni Restaurant and was loved by all. He called all the ladies either "hun" or "doll" and made everyone feel at home. He was a hell of a cook/chef and one of the best dancers anyone could ever imaging. Like a butterfly on his feet taking after his father Mamo Sr. Such a funny person possessing a great sense of humor and an avid lover of animals. Mamo couldn't harm a fly even if he tried. I was the best man at his wedding with Linda and he was my best man at my wedding. We did speak often but not often enough. He was resilient, No one could endure the pain and suffering he went through but he just moved on never wanting to burden anyone. A class act that can never be followed. He is now in a better place, peaceful and in God's hands. You will be missed my all, but not more than me........Love you Cuz, Frankie"
"Many of fond memories growing up with Mamo. Hanging out, going to dances and of coarse hanging on the corners down 49th street singing and harmonizing. RIP my friend."
"I went to school with Mamo at Tommy More. I got to be good friends with him. When three of my friends and I thought we were good at street corner harmony, Mamo set us straight. He put together a version of Pennies from Heaven and taught us how to do it. I?ll never for it or him for teaching us. God bless you Carl they gained a great guy and a beautiful voice in heaven"
"I went to school with Mamo at Tommy More. I got to be good friends with him. When three of my friends and I thought we were good at street corner harmony, Mamo set us straight. He put together a version of Pennies from Heaven and taught us how to do it. I?ll never for it or him for teaching us. God bless you Carl they gained a great guy and a beautiful voice in heaven
"Thoughts and prayers to Linda and his family. Such a great man. Always willing to help out. I know he was a big part of my brothers, Frank and Glen's lives. Heaven has gained another angel. RIP cuz! "
"Great guy, always reminded me we were related. Never saw him get mad or not have a smile. Rest in Peace Cous."
"We grew up together, he always made me laugh, his wife Linda and his five children, were always there for him, He was the strongest person I know and my cousin. I will miss him forever"