In Loving Memory of Patrick "PJ" Ruddy

Patrick

Patrick "PJ" Ruddy

Dunmore, PA April 12, 1960 ~ April 1, 2019 Date of Service: April 5, 2019

Patrick "PJ" Ruddy of Dunmore made his final "Irish goodbye" on Monday, slipping away from this life peacefully at the age of 58.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James F. Sr. (the "Chief") and Rose T. O'Hara Ruddy. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School (1978) and Drake University (1982). He was employed by Trion Industries of Wilkes-Barre as national sales manager for 21 years.

A standout on the Dunmore Bucks gridiron, his love of football led him to Division 1 Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, under a full scholarship. Pat, known by his college friends as "Suds," was a four-year starter at linebacker for the Bulldogs. He was not only a fierce defender on the football field, but also a staunch protector of his family and friends. He loved telling and hearing a good story. He had a hearty laugh, and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He will always be remembered as the "fun" uncle by his 31 nieces and nephews who looked up to him as a big brother. He was loved and respected by all of them and he made them all feel special and unique. As often as you would find him in Dunmore, you could also find him at the airport traveling for work. He loved the immense holiday gatherings of family and friends. Pat, the life of those parties, was always the first to arrive and yet found a way to quietly slip out. Admired by all he knew, he taught us to live life to the fullest and to pursue your dreams without fear of failure. "The long and short of it," as Pat was often heard saying, is that he will be missed terribly by his loving family and friends.

Surviving are sisters, Catherine Evans and husband, Walter, Scranton; Mary Lynn Ruddy and husband, Bob; Ellen Smolskis and husband, John, all of Dunmore; Beth Navoczynski and husband, Dan, Scranton; and Roseanne Ruddy and husband, Tom Vanaskie, Dunmore; brothers, James F. III and wife, Maggie, Longwood, Fla.; Eugene and wife, Michele, Dunmore; Michael and wife, Cherilynn, Clarks Green; Timothy, Dickson City; and Bobby and wife, Leigh, Dunmore; as well as 31 nieces and nephews; 36 great-nieces and great-nephews; and numerous cousins and friends.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, Billy and Mark Ruddy; and a nephew, Christopher Ruddy.

The funeral will be Friday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Inurnment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call Friday at the funeral home from 8:30 to 10:30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, 968 Postal Road, Suite 110, Allentown, PA 18109; or the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

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Billy Kreis
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A GREAT PERSON, PJ RUDDY
Reply #12 on : Wed April 10, 2019, 18:02:01
To the Ruddy family, my condolences. I traveled the past 38 years, and would run into PJ, at least 2-3 times a month. We would talk about the old neighborhood, and had many a laugh running into each other. PJ was a true gentleman, and I will miss running into him, in Philly, Detroit, Charlotte, or Chicago. They were the connections home. PJ, I’ll miss you but never forget you.
Craig Wederquist
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Suds
Reply #11 on : Wed April 10, 2019, 10:08:26
Unfortunately, I have just learned of Pat's passing and I struggle to find the words. Suds was and is one of the good ones. I was fortunate to have played with Pat, share the ups and downs of battle with him at DU. Those years seem so distant now, yet I still see all of my teammates so clearly. Pat's smile and laugh have never left my memory, It was infectious and warm and all Suds. To Pat's family, my thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. As stated above, family meant everything to Pat. If that is said about you when you leave this world, then you've indeed lived life well. Forever in my heart Pat, I will always remember you and our D men that have traveled to the ages ahead of you, rest well my friend.
Diane ( Navoczynski) Lavelle
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Pat
Reply #10 on : Sat April 06, 2019, 00:19:59
Dear Ruddy family, so sorry to hear of Pat sudden passing. He was a true kind, caring, person. I know his soul will live on in the happiness he gave to others in life. God Bless his loving spirit and God Bless all of you his family and friends.
Sincerely and with great sadness ,
Diane (Navoczynski) Lavelle
Dave Czankner
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Dearly Missed
Reply #9 on : Fri April 05, 2019, 21:22:28
Our Deepest Sympathy to all the Ruddy Families.What a Great Friend I played Football with at Dunmore High School.Rest in Peace my Friend.
Mary Beth Scalzo
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Prayers
Reply #8 on : Fri April 05, 2019, 11:42:24
To the entire Ruddy Family,

Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear about PJ’s passing. It’s a sad time for Dunmore. Please know that I am praying and sending many blessings to you all. Rest In Peace Pat.
Bobby Foley
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Re: In Loving Memory of Patrick "PJ" Ruddy
Reply #7 on : Thu April 04, 2019, 16:26:32
My heart goes out to all of the family on the loss of my cousin Patrick. PJ as I knew him growing up. Always a positive up person and plenty of fun. I will always keep him in my heart. Watch over us PJ.
Mary Carol Snyder
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Re: In Loving Memory of Patrick "PJ" Ruddy
Reply #6 on : Thu April 04, 2019, 09:12:18
Timmy and family, I'm so so sorry for this loss. We walk this journey to lead to another eternal Kingdom. Prayers for all of you during this most difficult time. God bless.
Susan Halbasch
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Re: In Loving Memory of Patrick "PJ" Ruddy
Reply #5 on : Thu April 04, 2019, 08:10:52
Very sorry for your loss. He sounds like a great man with quite the character. I wouldn't expect any less of a "Ruddy"
george & anita koval & family
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Re: In Loving Memory of Patrick "PJ" Ruddy
Reply #4 on : Thu April 04, 2019, 06:42:43
WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. ALL OF US ARE PRAYING FOR YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED.IF YOU NEED ANYTHING WE ARE ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU. AGAIN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.THE KOVAL FAMILY
Scottie
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Pat
Reply #3 on : Wed April 03, 2019, 22:52:54
My condolences to the Ruddy Nation for this sad loss. I did not know PJ well, but whenever I ran into him, he knew me in more terms than I could respond to. Marisa and I, Carina, Matthew, Lauren and Douglas pay our respects to your fine family. Sincerely, Richarf Scott
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