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Paul John Ruggirello

September 30, 1938 October 17, 2012
Paul John Ruggirello
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Obituary for Paul John Ruggirello

Paul John Ruggirello of Novi was born on September 30, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan to Joseph John and Virginia Catherine (nee: Peranio) Ruggirello. He died October 17, 2012 at the age of 74.

He is the beloved husband of 23 years to Kelly. Loving father of: Virginia Cervi, Rebecca Mound, Kristin Ruggirello, Mark (Diana) Lengel and Arianna J. Ruggirello. Dear grandpa “nono” to Paul, Tommy, Christopher, Cainin, Isabella, and Ava. He is also survived by his mother Virginia (the late Joseph) Ruggirello, his brother John (Chris) Ruggirello along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends including his faithful companion Teddy.

Mr. Ruggirello was a 1957 graduate of Detroit Southeastern High School where he was an athlete on the football, track and baseball teams. Upon graduation he went to Eastern Michigan University on a Football Scholarship where he majored in Education. He left Eastern Michigan and began working as a stock boy at Admiral Appliance and on the advice of his boss, he took a pay cut and moved to Highland Appliance where he began a sales career during the electronics boom. Within the first month he became the leading salesman and eventually moved into a manager’s position where he was integral in creating and implementing the “Highland Selling Plan”. Mr. Ruggirello became Executive Vice President for Highland Appliance at the age of 26 and spent 32 years with them before moving to his current position at GLP and Associates where he has worked the last 20 years. It was also at Highland Appliance where he met and fell in love with his wife Kelly, despite their initial distaste for each other. In addition to his sales career with Highland and GLP, he was involved in the music industry where he wrote and produced music and managed groups and solo artists. He was an avid hunter, gun and car collector, and all around sportsman. An avid sports enthusiast, he enjoyed watching and betting on games. He was a traditional family man who emphasized the importance of family values, and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral mass from St. William Catholic Church 531 Common Street Walled Lake Saturday 10 AM (In State 9:30 AM). Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Thursday 5-9 and Friday 1-9 PM (Vigil Service 7 PM). Memorials to the Disabled American Veterans appreciated.

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