Stanley DeRuggiero died peacefully in his sleep at home on April 12, 2021. He was 95. Born in Yonkers to Josephine and Salvatore DeRuggiero he joined the Marine Corp as a young man during WWII.
Throughout his life he remained honored to be a Marine and serve his country. He met his beloved wife Muriel (who passed away in 1999) and raised their family in Yonkers. He retired from the Board of Education in 1985. Stanley was an outdoor enthusiast who loved fishing and hunting. A mentor to many young men who referred to him as "Big Stan" he was always happy to share his depth of knowledge and respect for outdoor life. Some of his fondest memories were with his sons, brothers and good friends on an organized annual trip to Mistassini Lake, Quebec Canada. There they had a lasting friendship with the Cree Indians who helped them navigate the finest fishing areas. All who joined these trips encountered deep woods beauty and challenges that only few have experienced.
Stanley is survived by his loving children, Stanley jr. John and Marie(Michael), grandchildren Joseph, Cristina, Nicholas, brothers, sister, in-laws, nieces , nephews and long-time friends. He will be missed.
A burial at Rose Hills Memorial Park with a Marine Corps final taps will take place April 20 at 2 pm
In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to the Community Hospice of Columbia Greene at https://www.communityhospice.org
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