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Obituary - Joan W. Ruff

Joan W. Ruff of East Norwich, died at the age of 82 on November 20, 2012. She was born and raised in Bayside, NY. 

She was the secretary of her senior class at Bayside High School. She graduated in three years.

In her 20s she worked for NY Telephone as an executive. She also represented the company at the introduction to the iconic Princess phone as the original “princess.”

She and her late husband John Ruff Jr. lived for 50 years on Locust Avenue in East Norwich. They enjoyed a great relationship with their neighbors and the resident peacock, “Beauty” who lived in the Muttontown Preserve.

She carried on with the business her husband started, Oakland Supply Company, after his death. Although in her earlier years she flew a plane and logged many hours, she never drove a car. 

Joan was a former superintendent of the Sunday School at Wesley United Methodist Church and a volunteer tour guide and naturalist at the Muttontown Preserve. 

A girl scout herself, Ms. Ruff was a Girl Scout troop leader for many years. Her Brownie certificate is dated February 1940 and her Girl Scout card from Troop Number 4-28 is dated December, 1940.

Most recently, she was a resident at Oyster Bay Manor, Oyster Bay. She is survived by her daughter Janet, and her husband John Barone and their daughters Lauren and Suzanne. She will be fondly remembered by all those people whose lives she touched.

Visitation was at the M. A. Connell Funeral Home Inc., Huntington Station, on Sunday, Nov. 18. Interment was at the Brookville Cemetery, Brookville.

Donations in her memory can be made to: The Arthritis Foundation / Programs; 501 Walt Whitman Rd. Melville, New York 11747.

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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