Louis Alexander Ruggiero

  • Born: January 4, 1929
  • Died: January 8, 2019
  • Location: Pelham, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

From his youth, Lou's mission was one of service.

Louis Alexander Ruggiero, born and raised in the Village of Pelham, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home on January 8, 2019 at the age of 90.

Born on January 4, 1929 to Gaetano and Rose Ruggiero, Lou was the third of four siblings, including Mary, Connie, and Patricia, all of whom predeceased him.

From his youth, Lou's mission was one of service. He was a dedicated Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and later being awarded the Ad Altare Dei medal — an honor he cherished his entire life. As further testament to his commitment to service, Lou enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and was honorably discharged in 1948.

Lou's willingness to give to the local community was well known: he was Scoutmaster of Pelham Troop 1; CYO advisor and member of the Knights of Columbus; taught automotive classes at both St. Catharine's School and Pelham Adult Education; coached Little League; refereed and coached ice hockey; and umpired Pelham men's and women's softball.

In addition, Lou proudly volunteered for the Pelham Fire Department, achieving every rank and, ultimately, being named Chief of Department in 1976. He remained chief for nine years until retiring in 1987. In recognition of his devotion to the community, Lou was named Grand Marshall of the PFD centennial celebration and was also named "Man of the Year" by the Pelham Men's Club.

Lou was predeceased by his wife of forty years, Yvette, and son, Christopher Gaetano. Lou leaves behind six children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He will be forever remembered for his honesty, integrity, good nature and unwavering dedication to family and community.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Ruggiero will be held at Pelham Funeral home on Sunday, Jan 20th from 2:00-7:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Monday, Jan. 21 at St Catharine's Church, Pelham.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I go back many Years With the Chief Walking past his gas station on Lincoln Ave to Playing at his House with his Children all the way up to joining him at the Pelham Fire Department as a Volunteer to becoming a Career Member of the Department. The Chief was always there for the Youth of Pelham and the Men of the Fire Department. You will always live on in my Heart and Memories. RIP Chief and watch over your Family you have left and always live on in their Hearts. God Bless you all

Posted by Paul Bonfiglio - Poughkeepsie, NY - Family Friend   January 08, 2021

I knew Mr. Rugerio as a Sr. High School student at PMHS 77-78. I bought a 65 red mustang convertible for $100. It didn't run so I asked Mr. Rugerio if he would help me figure out why and help me fix it. He came to my where it was parked in the garage. He advised that I dismantle the engine, which I did photographing where everything went so I could put it all back together. When it was part he took a quick look at at valves that were shot and said all I needed was $35 worth of new valves, which I replaced and reassembled the engine. Lou would come by and give me tips when i worked on it. He would bounce his Camel cigarettes off off the mustang before he lit up. When I (we!) we're done it ran like a top. I gave Lou a Timex watch for helping me. He was really grateful. What a class act he was. I wish I knew him better.

Posted by Jeff Killip - Olympia, WA - Friend   February 17, 2019

My prayers are with you and your family

Posted by Ralph Tucci - Woodstock, GA - Family Friend   January 19, 2019

The loss of a great friend and a childhood buddy

Posted by Carmine Serpe - Carmel ny, NY - Family Friend   January 19, 2019


Rest In Peace!
Thoughts and Prayers are with the family at this time.

Posted by Mary Ann Realmuto - Melville, NY - Family   January 17, 2019

May you RIP in the heavens above always looking down upon your children grandchildren and great grandchildren. You were a true friend to me always there for us at the Pelham Fire Department. You will never be forgotten. Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate.

Posted by Paul Bonfiglio - Poughkeepsie, NY - Friend   January 15, 2019

Knowing the Ruggiero family for 60+ years, I can truly say Lou was certainly one special person. Over the years of knowing him, he was a mentor, a friend and had the qualities that made one truly like being around him. His knowledge of mechanical things, sports, firefighting issues and life in general were second to none.
He truly was one of a kind as he would reach out to help anyone that needed his knowledge. This life was made better for those that knew him and now that he has gone to rest eternally, we that are left behind are better for him touching our lives. Rest in peace my friend as your legacy will live on. God speed Chief!

Posted by Jim Walsh PMFD (retired) - Deerfield Beach, FL - Family Friend   January 14, 2019

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