Angelo Ruggiero known to everyone as "Charlie" (then "Pop" when his grandkids came along) was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 3,1922 and was one of 9 brothers & sisters. Like his father & his brothers he was a brick mason by trade. He met his wife Ann at a dance on December 6, 1941 and they married on March 25,1944. He and his younger brother Fred built 2 homes side by side in East Meadow, LI and moved their young families there in 1953.
He is survived by his daughter Adele (Persico), his son Vinny, their spouses Bob & Cindy and last but definitely not least his 3 grandchildren or as he referred to them his "Pals" Vinny Jr., Alexa & Jillian. He never understood when people said they loved their grandkids more than their kids & didn't think that was possible until he had them. He was pre-deceased by his wife Ann and their eldest daughter Barbara.
Friends & family came first followed by the Brooklyn Dodgers who broke his heart when they moved to LA. He was a diehard NY Ranger fan until the end but would watch almost any sport on TV. He loved to dance and all kinds of music but especially the Big Bands & swing music. In later years he enjoyed going to Atlantic City and Las Vegas. When he retired he joined a Jack Lalanne gym & worked out 3 days/week until he was 94. He preferred a home cooked meal & seeing his family "around the table". Home made ravioli, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Baked Clams, Linguini & Clams were some of his favorite dishes plus ice cream any flavor but plain old vanilla was his 1st choice.
He was almost 99 when he passed and lived a simple but great life. He was a quiet man but you knew he was in the room. He had a great laugh and a smile for everyone but especially babies & young children (oh & maybe a pretty lady). No matter how long you have someone in your life it's still hard to say good-bye. He will be missed.