The Golden State Second Amendment Council honors a long-time member Ronald Joseph Ruscigno. Ron was a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights.
Ronald passed away Friday, January 27, 2012. Our condolences go out to his family. We will deeply miss him.
Ron Ruscigno passed away on Friday, January 27, 2012 at the age of 69. He was born and raised in San Jose, California. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alma Ruscigno. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his children Russell (Danice), Angela (Keith) and Marlo (Evan); his wife’s children Monica (Norm; Quin & Remy) and Fred; his sister Lorene (Lew Milligan); and his nephews Shawn (Nancy; Reagan, Riley, Ryan & Rhys) and Matthew (Stacey; Nicholas & Carson).
Ron worked as a heavy equipment operator and then as a Real Estate & Relocation Specialist with the City of San Jose. In 1974, Ron realized a long held dream of farming when he, along with his father, purchased an apricot orchard in Tracy, California. Whether it was packing apricots for the fresh market or drying them for holiday sales, Ron loved his apricot business, Orchard Gold.
But despite his busy schedule, Ron always had time for family and friends. He loved attending his children’s sporting events, visiting elderly relatives, delivering apricots to friends or just stopping by to say “Hi.” And Ron loved big family events; his Independence Day party was an annual favorite.
Ron was a proud gun owner and became a Life Member of the National Rifle Association in 1969. Like his father and son, he was an avid hunter. Whether hunting blacktail deer in California or mule deer in Idaho and Wyoming, Ron truly enjoyed spending time in the field with family and friends.
Anyone who knew Ron knew he was a true American patriot. A staunch defender of our constitutional republic, Ron was Tea Party before there was a Tea Party. Along with family and friends, he attended local Conservative Forum events.
Ron was a member of the Tricarico Social Club and was always there to help prepare the dinners and tease his friends. He was in the first graduating class of Del Mar High School in 1960, and continued to be involved in the tri-school reunions (Camden, Campbell, Del Mar). Ron was a devout and learned Catholic; he was an active parishioner at Assumption of Mary Catholic Church and was a founding member of St. Joseph Men’s Society.
A viewing will be held on Monday, February 6th, from 4 – 8 p.m. at Lima Family Mortuary, 710 Willow Street, San Jose. The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at 10:00 a.m. at Assumption of Mary Croatian Catholic Church, 901 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 2650 Madden Avenue, San Jose. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Assumption of Mary Catholic Church 901 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 or Little Italy – San Jose, P.O. Box 592, San Jose, CA 95106.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on February 4, 2012