Americo (Rico) DiRuzzo died March 23, 2009. He was born on January 21, 1917 in Mamaroneck to Charles and Pasqualina (Marcicelli) DiRuzzo. He attended the Mamaroneck School system and was a lifelong Mamaroneck resident.
Rico was an honorable family man who believed being in the company of his own family and grandchildren was the most important thing in life. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a proud WWII veteran.
Rico was also a faithful employee of the Pure Food Company situated in Mamaroneck, where he was a maintenance mechanic for 55 years. Among other incredible talents, Rico was an outstanding carpenter and craftsman, a notable tree surgeon, and loved gardening. He was truly a jack of all trades. In his younger years, Rico was a terrific athlete and won several medals in competitive speed skating.
Rico is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Marie DiRuzzo, his loving daughters; Carol (Tony) Vitti, Ann-Marie DiRuzzo, Dianne (Steve) Trifiletti, his adoring grandchildren; Anthony (wife Karen), Nicole, Deana (Husband Gary), Joseph, Steven, Matthew, Ashley and Lindsay, his precious great-grandchildren; Gabriel, Rocco and Nathaniel, and pre-deceased by his granddaughter Lori Ann Vitti. He is survived by his sisters Victoria Rodriguez and Iren Patz, and pre-deceased by siblings Nunzio, Yolanda, Angelina, Margaret, Josephine and Mary.
Visitation Thursday, March 26 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at COXE & GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME, 767 E. Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck. 914-698-5968. Funeral Mass Friday, March 27 at 10 am at St. Vito’s RC Church followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and/or the Mesothelioma Foundation.