On Saturday, Feb 12, 2022, Charles DiRuzzio passed away at age 84 at home in Queen Creek, AZ.
Charlie was born on October 9th, 1937, in White Plains, NY and grew up in Mamaroneck, NY. He and his family also lived in Hopewell Junction, NY for 30 years before settling in Queen Creek, AZ in 2008.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sharon (Logan) DiRuzzio; his children, Catherine (DiRuzzio Smith) Agar (husband Paul), Charles Jr (wife Jeanne); grandson Jason Smith; brothers Michael DeRuzzio and Robert DiRuzzio (wife Jackie); and brother-in-law Robert Logan (wife Donna).
He was predeceased by his parents Nunzio DiRuzzio and Philomena (DeFonce); older sister Joan Chiarella; and daughter Joan Theresa (Terry) DiRuzzio.
Charlie worked hard from an early age to support his family. He pushed a vegetable cart around town with his grandmother when he was just 12 years old, was a caddy at Winged Foot Golf Club in his early teens, and then worked as a bricklayer on many buildings around New York City. Married with children in his early twenties he followed his grandfather’s footsteps and became a police officer in Pelham, NY. Proudly he also graduated the New York State Trooper Academy and loved being a State Trooper. Soon he realized his family needed him closer to home though, so he became a police officer and later a detective in his hometown of Mamaroneck.
After retirement he enjoyed restoring homes and vintage cars. He and Sharon loved the classic Chevy car club and the Mustang car club and the lifelong friends they made. Later he enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and the close friends he made along the way there as well. In Arizona he got a taste of his childhood dream (and the hard work) of being a cowboy for a brief time at least.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Charles’ memory to Hospice of the Valley, www.hov.org/