Anthony Salvatore Ruocco, age 95, died peacefully in his sleep at home on August 4th, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 21, 1925 in Corning, NY, the son of Joseph and Rosina (Tombasco) Ruocco.
To most who knew him he was "Tony" and his childhood friends called him "Buffalo". Anthony was a CFA graduate and a member of All Saints Parish. In his younger years, he enjoyed piloting and continued to share these fond memories with his family and friends. He met the love of his life at 24 years old, Teresa I. Michael and was married on April 15th 1950. Together they shared over 70 wonderful joy-filled years and had 6 beautiful children.
Summers were spent together as a family on Keuka Lake in a cottage he built with many hands in 1945, later called "Paradisio Della Famiglia." He passed the importance of his love of family to his children which was a dominant force in his life. After his retirement from Corning Incorporated, in an effort to give back to his community, Anthony spearheaded Golf for Cancer at Indian Hills Golf Course in Painted Post NY, where he raised $240,000 for the American Cancer Society over 14 years. He loved gardening, woodworking and swimming. He was an avid card player with his VFW friends and family and had an insatiable appetite for puzzles. Anthony was one of the most positive, resilient and strong people you could ever meet. When asked how he's doing his favorite response was always, "I'm fantastic, never felt better in my life. "
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Teresa I Ruocco, eldest daughter, Charlotte Ann Ruocco, niece Krista Michelle Micheli, and sister Sr Gloria Grace Ruocco RSM. He is survived by his children Dr. Martin J. Ruocco, Terese Ann (John) Conklin, Mary Livian (James) Mayle, Joseph Patrick (Mary Catherine) Ruocco, and Toni Marie Ruocco; siblings Sr Livia Ann Ruocco RSM, and Joanne (Thomas) Micheli; grandchildren Heather Rachel (Christopher) Cosgrove, Allysa Rose (Jordan) Magee, Patrick John Conklin, Anthony Joseph Ruocco Flores, LT USN Maria Terese Ruocco Flores, Makenzie Terese Conklin, Dylan Jude Anthony Brewster, Martin G. Ruocco, Justin Ruocco, Maxwell Ruocco, Zachery Ruocco, Carolyn (Charlie) Ruocco; great grandchildren Elise Ruth Cosgrove, Logan Rose Magee, Ada Grace Cosgrove, Emerson Jennie Magee, Sophia Ruocco and Simon Vincent Cox; many loving in-laws and nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on September 24th at 2 pm at St. Mary’s Church. Memorial donations in Anthony's name may be made to the American Cancer Society.