Domenico Ruffini

October 22, 1927 - August 8, 2020 West Grove, PA | Age 92 Adored His Wife, Loved His Family, Brought People Together

Domenico Ruffini, 92 of West Grove, PA, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, August 8, 2020. He was the husband of Lillian Passante Ruffini. Born October 22, 1927 in Musellaro, Italy he was the son of the late Michael Ruffini and the late Loreta Profeta.

Domenico worked in the coal mines of Belgium and pursued careers in Canada; he met the love of his life Lillian in New York City in 1951 and married in 1953. Domenico initially worked at the General Motors Assembly Plant before becoming interested in starting his own barbershop. He attended barber school in Philadelphia and obtained his license in 1958. He opened Ruffini’s Barber Shop in West Grove in 1964 which is still in operation today and now run by his son, John. He enjoyed gardening, spending time with family, and bringing people together. In 1980, Domenico was elected to the West Grove Borough Council serving the community for over 20 years. In 1998, he was responsible for organizing the funds to build the Avon Grove Veterans Memorial in West Grove. He also was instrumental in organizing the annual Avon Grove Memorial Day Parade which still continues today after 22 years.

Domenico was presented with the Citizen of the year award from the Avon Grove Lion’s Club in 2003 and also honored with a senate citizenship award in 2019 presented by Senator Andrew Dinniman.

In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by two brothers, Peter Ruffini and Anthony Ruffini and a sister, Sylvia DiNardo. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lillian and their children Michael Ruffini, Donna Hannum (William) and John Ruffini (Diane), his grandchildren, Jonathan and Christopher Ruffini and Bryan and Kathryn Hannum, sisters Iola Tabellione and Mary Lucente and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Assumption BVM Church, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA 19390 or Avon Grove Memorial Parade, 104 Rosehill Avenue, West Grove, PA 19390.

Arrangements by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, PA.


Message from the Family

The Ruffini Family thanks you for your support during this difficult time.
Please share your fond memories of Domenico in the Guestbook below.

Memorial Donations

Assumption BVM Church

Assumption BVM Church
300 State Road, West Grove, PA 19390

Avon Grove Memorial Parade

Avon Grove Memorial Parade
104 Rosehill Avenue, West Grove, PA 19390

Services

Private

Private

Guestbook

  1. John and Family,

    I just learned of your Dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family! Your Dad was well beloved throughout the community!

    Regards, Bob Mitchell

    Bob Mitchell | September 10, 2020 at 8:52 PM
  2. Sincere sympathy and condolences to the family . Domenic was a wonderful
    man. I have fond memories of talking to
    him and your family over the years. May he Rest in Heavenly Peace.

    Joseph Faldeti | August 25, 2020 at 11:30 AM
  3. John and family, my sincere condolences on the passing of your father Domenic. Although we moved to Delaware 20 years ago, I still fondly remember Saturday mornings at the Barbershop with you and your Dad. Domenic was a very special man with a quick smile and kind word for everyone. He will be deeply missed.

    Jim Devlin | August 18, 2020 at 11:04 PM
  4. Mike and John, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was an institution in West Grove and will be sadly missed. He was a friend to my father, my husband and my kids in the many years he was their barber. What a kind and gentle man. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Sandi, Jeremy and Josh Hampton

    Sandi Seifred Hampton | August 15, 2020 at 12:32 PM
  5. My prayers are with you all at this special time. Your Dad was a great father. I do fondly remember you all. May our Lord grant him eternal rest and you peace of heart.
    God bless. Sister Helen Dolores, IHM.

    Sister Helen | August 14, 2020 at 4:20 PM
  6. GROWING UP IN WEST GROVE MR RUFFINI WAS A PERSON WE ALL NEW HE HAD A GREAT HEART AND DID MANY THINGS FOR THE BOROUGH OUT OF HIS POCKET . HE WAS PATRIARCH OF THE TOWN AND HE LOVE WEST GROVE . HE SEVERVE 3 GENERATIONS OF MY FAMILY AND MY SONS LOVE GOING TO HIM .MY FATHER WAS VERY CLOSE WITH HIM AND DID SEVERAL PROJECTS WITH HIM . REST IN PEACE MR RUFFINI AND GOD BLESS

    MICHAEL YERKES | August 14, 2020 at 10:44 AM
  7. Condolences to the RUFFINI Family on the passing of a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Always kind and caring to everyone. God Bless you Domenico and the Ruffini Family. May you Rest in Peace. John Eller

    John M.Eller | August 13, 2020 at 10:03 AM
  8. My love and prayers go out to the Ruffini family during this very sad time of loss, Dominic was a wonderful patriarch and leading force for you all. Know that he is watching from heaven and may warm memories of him bring you comfort. I had the pleasure of having him cut all three of my boys hair when they were just little bitty kids. He was a kind and gentle man. He was very supportive to the music of Los Festingos and enjoyed being around the kids watching them rock out! Hugs to you all

    Ronda Kwietniak | August 12, 2020 at 9:21 PM
  9. Dear Mr. Ruffini:

    You were such a good and kind man. You deeply loved your family, and it was quite obvious that your family deeply loved you. Your passing is sad, but I am happy that your physical suffering this past two years is finally over.

    It has been a sincere pleasure to have known you and your family this past 55 years. You were a loyal leader and ambassador for the West Grove Community.

    My deepest sympathy to your entire wonderful family. Rest in eternal peace and happiness with God.

    Your Respectful Friend,

    Ken Queppet

    Ken Queppet | August 12, 2020 at 7:09 PM
  10. Donna and Ruffini family, my sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. I will always remember sitting in his chair as a young kid getting my hair cut. Your father was a great man and community leader and will be dearly missed by all those that had the pleasure of knowing him. May his memory always put a smile on your face.

    Jim McLimans | August 12, 2020 at 6:18 PM
  11. From the moment I walked into the Ruffini home seven years ago with Michael, I was warmly welcomed by both Lil and Dom and my love for them both has continued to grow since then. Domenico was the epitome of a truly GOOD man- honest, loyal, loving, and committed to family, friends and community. He had a way of always making you feel special. He loved and was very proud of his garden and kept working at it as long as his body allowed him too. I will greatly miss him and I only wish I could’ve known him for a longer time… Watch over us from above…
    Karen

    Karen DeFrancesco | August 12, 2020 at 4:37 PM
  12. Our deepest sympathies to you Zia Lily, Michael, Donna and Johnny and to your families. To the greatest uncle who was funny, caring, loving and was always surrounded by family. We are so sad to hear about his passing but I know he is
    with his brothers and crazy sister and they are laughing and maybe playing cards and cursing at each other as they
    always did. But this was all love for each other. Lorena Ruffini and Tony Rossi with my children Nadia, Jason and Katherine.. We will all miss him.

    Lorena Ruffin and Tony Rossi | August 12, 2020 at 2:43 PM
  13. How many kids sat in his Barber Chair for their first haircut , I know mine did . He would flip the booster into the chair and faster than the kids could scream he would have them trimmed and hand them a lollipop and off they would go .
    My condolences to the family and to the the West Grove community.
    Deborah May

    Deborah May | August 12, 2020 at 11:55 AM
  14. My deepest condolences to the entire Ruffini family . I got to know Donna and this dear family for a short time in my life when we were in nursing school together. I will never forget going home with you Donna to see your family and visit where you lived . I enjoyed going with you to the barber shop and seeing where your father worked . Most of all there is such love in your family because you have parents who put God and family first in life . Clearly as I read the obituary for your father he was a man who lived a life that contributed to not only his family but so many others in the community a true sign of a Christian . God Bless you all , there will be a wonderful reunion some day in heaven ! Love , Susan Davis Hassig

    Susan Hassig | August 12, 2020 at 11:03 AM
  15. Our prayers go out for the Ruffini family during this difficult time. The passing of Mr. Ruffini is such a sad loss for the entire community and all like myself who grew up from a kid reading comic books in his barbershop enjoying his warm smile, to witnessing his community leadership and caring and respect for military veterans as an adult. A true icon of the West Grove community who will be greatly missed! I will never pass the barbershop or the Veterans memorial without fond memories of Mr. Ruffini….so much like part of our family.

    Ken Weaver | August 12, 2020 at 10:44 AM
  16. You were the best dad in the world! We’ll always remember that special smile, that caring heart, that warm embrace you always gave us. There will never be another to replace you in our hearts, and the love we’ll always have for you. Rest in Peace.
    Michael

    Michael | August 12, 2020 at 9:58 AM
  17. We had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Ruffini and his family through our friendship with his daughter Donna Hannum. Our visits were always fun filled and full of laughter. He will be greatly missed by both family and a very loving and supportive community. Prayers and peace to all,

    Johnnie and Mary Wilkins

    Mary Wilkins | August 12, 2020 at 9:50 AM
  18. Prayers to the whole Ruffini family. We loved Dominic and the West Grove Barber Shop. He will be missed by so many!!
    Dave and Diane Clark and family

    Diane Clark | August 12, 2020 at 7:47 AM
  19. John and Family, So sorry hearing of your fathers passing. A truly wonderful man who took time to make the small town of West Grove a better place to live. Very blessed to know him all these years. He always took time to talk with me and I always enjoyed our conversation.
    He told me about going to Forum in Montreal to watch the Canadiens play. Tickets, .50 cents. I always thought that was so cool.
    I still remember his garden and his fig tree in the back yard that were sweet and delicious. May your memories of your Dad give you peace.
    I was told by a priest that this is not the end but the beginning of memories that you will share with each other. Be at peace knowing he is in heaven today. RIP Mr. Ruffini.

    Michael Conner | August 12, 2020 at 4:59 AM
  20. Zia Lillian and family you are in our prayers. Find strength in each other.
    Zio Domenico was admired by all. He was kind, generous and a gentleman, he loved people and allowed the child within to play. Above all he was a family man right from the time as a boy, in Musellaro always helping the family. A life well lived. Leaving many beautiful memories behind.
    Our deepest sympathies form Iole, Loreta, Anna and Joe
    Rest In Peace

    Loreta Tabellione | August 12, 2020 at 2:25 AM
  21. Our sincere condolences on the loss of Domenico, who was my father’s (Mario Profeta) cousin. We are in Australia with Iola and send you all our love. Anna Maria

    Anna Maria Formica | August 11, 2020 at 9:57 PM
  22. My family & I are sending the whole Ruffini family our deepest condolences. Mr. & Mrs. Ruffini were always so welcoming to me & others friends who went over to their house. He always had a sweet smile to greet you! Such a kind, gentle man with the most loving family he & his wife raised. Lots of fond memories there. Know that we would have been there to support you all during this difficult time if it weren’t for the covid virus not allowing people to attend. Know that I will be there spiritually. Sending you all a hug & prayers for comfort.
    With Love,
    Maria, Jack & Jacalyn Hamilton

    Maria Hamilton | August 11, 2020 at 9:17 PM
  23. You were not only my dad but my best friend. It was a pleasure and honor to work beside you for 35 years in the barbershop. I love you and miss you dearly. Thank you for all the good memories over the years. We will be together again someday.

    John Ruffini | August 11, 2020 at 8:41 PM
  24. Russ and I send our condolences to the Ruffini Family. Dominic will be remembered fondly by his friends and family and gratefully by his constituents in the West Grove Community of which he served so well. A life well lived.
    Sending thoughts and prayers,
    Kathy

    Kilmer | August 11, 2020 at 8:38 PM
  25. Words can’t express the sorrow I feel for all of you. With Sympathy and Love Dianne

    Dianne Daddario Oliva | August 11, 2020 at 7:51 PM
  26. Zio, you were the most loving man. My memories with you are so precious and happy. I will never forget us going to get the Porchetta together for the Festa in Musellaro and you taking Mum and I through the village to show us everything with Nonna. You will be deeply missed. Nonna Iola is heart broken and misses you so much. Give Zia Silvia a big hug for us all. We will miss you. Rest In Peace.
    Zia Lillian our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our deepest Condolences xox

    Natalie Mandile | August 11, 2020 at 6:26 PM
  27. Without question a good, honest, generous, hard working man who loved his family his God and his friends above all else. He presented a shining example of what a husband and a father should be. Thank you for all you have done for all of us over the years. Thank you for blessing my marriage to your daughter and accepting me into your family. I will miss you. I will see you again someday. Peace be with you.

    Billy Hannum | August 11, 2020 at 4:19 PM
  28. I came to know Domenic later in his life through his daughter, Donna. Being in his company was an enlightenment with his wisdom and variable life experiences he shared…what a story, what a life. I came to know a hard working, caring, gentle family man with a strong sense of community and appreciation for all this country afforded him and God gave him. I admired his self discipline and work ethic in making the most of what his later years allowed for him and his kind ways to listen in confidence. No stronger love could have been than Domenic felt for Lillian. So grieve as we will when someone so loved and admired has left us but remember he would want us to carry on happily in his memory and make him proud by being the best we can be by his example. Goodbye old friend until we can meet again in love and peace.

    Brenda B Smiy | August 11, 2020 at 4:09 PM
  29. My condolences to the family
    Rip Domenico see you in heaven
    Our players for you family

    David Chavez Sapori | August 11, 2020 at 3:31 PM
  30. Dear Lillian, John and all your Family, My sincere sympathy to you at this time of your great loss.
    Love and God`s Blessings, Patsy Vanderkraats

    Patsy Vanderkraats | August 11, 2020 at 2:03 PM
  31. To the entire Ruffini family, I send my deepest sympathy during this difficult time. Prayers for peace, and hugs all around.
    Teresa (Marvin) Beever

    Teresa Beever | August 11, 2020 at 1:45 PM
  32. You’ve raised a great family – I’m lucky to be part of it. God blessed me with you as my father-in-law. You always made me feel welcome and part of the family. Thanks for leading with strength, wisdom and love. You are an amazing man and you will be missed by all.

    Diane Ruffini | August 11, 2020 at 1:35 PM
  33. This was one great man that will be missed by anyone who ever knew him. Always a smile for everyone prayers for his family

    Curtis mason | August 11, 2020 at 1:10 PM

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