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Obituary of Frank A. Ruggeri

Frank A. Ruggeri, of Truxton, passed away peacefully at home on March 8, 2022 at the age of 56.

Born in Saratoga Springs, the son of the late Frank and Ann Plasay Ruggeri, he was a graduate of Saratoga Central Catholic School. He went on to get his Associates degree at Hudson Valley Community College and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Utica.

Growing up in Saratoga, Frank took part in many areas of the community including working for the local youth group and being a Pinkerton at the Saratoga Racetrack. He also worked alongside his mother serving Priests at St. Johns Newmans infirmary.

Frank was a talented and respected engineer. After college he found an amazing opportunity that brought him to the Cortland area working at NCC Industries where he worked for many years as a Distribution Maintenance Manager. After which, he was very fortunate to have traveled the world working for Refrigerated Transport Electronics (RTE) as a Field Service Engineer where he built, tested and installed monitoring systems on ocean going container vessels. Wanting to be home more for his family he took a job at Intertek as a Project Engineer and then onto Pall Trinity as a Project Manager for the Aria Mobile Fleet, managing a fleet of Mobile Water Systems deployed in various parts of the world.

When the health of his parents declined, he chose to again be there for his family and care for them both in Saratoga and in his Truxton home. After his father’s passing, he set out to put all of his talents to work and in 2020, he, his wife and son Frankie took on owning their own business. They purchased and he personally designed what is now known as Franks’ Place in Truxton. A repair shop/gas station/convenience store with a fully equipped kitchen where he took great pride and enjoyment in serving up his breakfast sandwich creations to the community.

Throughout his years, he enjoyed many outdoor activities. Fishing was always a favorite of his, from fishing on the Hudson in his younger years with his father, to fishing locally with his wife and son. He also won more than one trophy at the annual fishing contests held at Black Lake with his family and friends. Frank was an avid hunter and went on many adventures with his father, from hunting NY deer to caribou and boar hunting’s afar. Along with hunting, Frank also enjoyed target shooting and was very adamant on gun safety. From being a Range Officer to just teaching his family and friends of the importance of firearm safety. He was a true marksman that showed in his competitions in USPSA and IDPA with the Cortland Pistol Club.

Surviving is his loving wife, Toni L. Wood Ruggeri; two sons, Frank N. Ruggeri of Scott and Tynan G. Lynch, currently serving in the US Navy in Japan. Also surviving are two sisters, Mary (Robert) Offenburg of Durham, NC and Gracie (Brian) Spicer of Fremont, Ohio; his mother and father-in-law, Debbie (John) Head of McGraw; his close friend, Ken Stone of Truxton; canine fur baby Archibold and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Ann Ruggeri.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 US Route 11, Homer. A brief memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Aaron Bouwens officiating.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Frank at the Fraternal Order of Eagle’s, 155 Port Watson St., Cortland on March 26, 2022 from 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Ruggeri’s name may be directed to the Truxton Fire Dept., 3741 Route 13, Truxton, NY 13158.

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