Condolence & Memory Journal

To my daddy,

I don't think that anyone was ever prepared for this tragedy .. in fact I don't think that this has even fully sunk in to most. Never in a million years did I think I would be writing this .. not me .. not my dad. You were supposed to live forever; that's how I thought it was supposed to be. You were Superman you did it all and for that you were my hero. I was always so proud to tell all my friends that you were a police officer and that your job was to save everyone. I was so proud of you, you even got me a police scanner so I could hear your calls. Maybe that's why I'm so obsessed with law enforcement and being super nosy anytime I hear a police siren (I blame you). I was always your side kick and your best friend we did everything together. You'd always make bacon and eggs for me every morning (shirtless might I add and got every grease drop splattered on you), we'd get Dunkin' coffee many times were you'd put 10 sugars in and I'd yell that's too many but you'd always sneak that last sugar in when you thought I wasn't looking, you taught me how to drive and even right as we got to the driving test my tail light blew out and you told the guy give me 2 minutes I never saw someone change a light so fast just so I'd pass that test. You were always my rock and always knew what to say and do when I was upset and stressed out. The last thing we spoke about was me trying to get a new job and you giving me advice .. so I promise you I will get that new job, I will succeed, I will take care of Emily, and most of all I will make you proud. 49 years old, wasn't long enough for most but in that short amount of time you raised two girls who will forever live out your legacy. I will wear the name as Steven Ruggieri's daughter with pride and honor. Rest easy daddy you've done more than enough you can relax now.

Your daughter Nat Nat

Posted by Natalie Ruggieri - Folsom, PA - Daughter   March 02, 2019

I'm very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in all of your memories of Steven.

Posted by Jude Ann (Klem) Leeper - Hanover, PA - Family   March 01, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss

Posted by Kathy Foster - Palm Springs, FL - Family Friend   February 28, 2019

Where do I even begin. I love you so much dad. Thank you for everything you did for me. I can't believe your gone. I won't go one day without thinking of you. You are my world. Please look down on me and Natalie as we try and make you proud. You have taught me so much in life. I'll never forget going out for breakfast, mall trips, vacations, and so much more. I love you so much. Rest In Peace daddy.

Love...your emmybear

Posted by Emily Ruggieri - Folsom, PA - Daughter   February 27, 2019

For the last couple of days I've been trying to put together the words that expressed my feelings. Unfortunately this was so sudden and unexpected that I still am truly shocked. We joked around and said that our eight years together felt more like dog years. Eight years was definitely not enough time! We had our arguments and disagreements just like every other couple, but our feelings for one another never changed and we overcame any obstacle that came our way. We were there for each other every day for the past eight years, through good and bad. I not only lost my husband but I lost my best friend and partner. You are a very loving, caring and devoted husband. You on countless occasions put my needs and wants before your own. I do not regret a single day of our life together, nor would I change anything! You have provided me a lifetime of memories all of which I will treasure and hold dear to my heart. No one can ever take that from me!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Posted by Kim Ruggieri - Aston, PA - Spouse   February 27, 2019

To my brother,

Steve, I will miss you. I always loved all the time we spent together, including all the trips to the mall and vacations. I love you, Steve. You were a great brother.

Posted by Chris Klecko - Aston, PA - brother   February 27, 2019

It still feels surreal that you're gone, Steve. You were a good brother to me. Thank you for including me in numerous vacations and letting me stay over your house countless times. You treated me like your own, and that was special.

P.S. I still don't know why you called me Rosco P. Coltrane (a character from The Dukes of Hazzard) when I was younger, but I liked the odd yet endearing nickname.

Posted by Maria Klecko - Aston, PA - sister   February 27, 2019

So Sorry for the loss of Steven I grew up with him in Eddystone.

Posted by ELAINE COONEY - GLENOLDEN, PA - Friend   February 27, 2019

I will fondly remember you as a man with a huge heart. Your love for family was expressed in many things you do every day for everyone who was blessed to have a special place with you. I cherish our many talks and was so grateful for you in my life. Family by GOD and Friends by choice. I love you and will miss you so much.

Posted by Jane Blythe - Arvada, CO - family   February 27, 2019

To my son,

My heart is broken. I miss you so much. I don't know how I will be able to be without you in my life. I love you and am proud to be your mom. You are a special son to me. I will always be there for your girls. So rest in peace my sweet boy until I come home to be with you again.

Love,
Mom

Posted by Rosemary Klecko - Aston, PA - Mother   February 27, 2019

Gonna miss you uncle Steve. I'll always remember you asking me and my brother " who's beavis and who's buthead?" I would always try to yell out beavis before my brother did because nobody wanted to be butthead.

Posted by Joshua Ruggieri - Aston, PA - Family   February 26, 2019

First and foremost Steven was a family man. He loved his family profoundly. He was a devoted father/son/father/uncle/brother/husband and friend. Steven was a comfort to his mom and dad. Steven was so devoted to them. Steven took all of the roles in his life to heart and he strove to honor,support, and guide and most importantly, protect his two daughters Natalie and Emily. He was at his happiest when he was surrounded by his family-even during those inevitable tough times that life has a way of throwing at you. His devotion to his daughters and family was the foundation of his actions-the anchor that defined and shaped his life. Steven was a good friend to so many. He could be counted on and depended on always. We will never forget him and it will be our honor to keep his spirit alive. Danny, Gina, Danny & Josh

Posted by Dan Ruggieri - Aston, PA - Brother   February 26, 2019

Sending heartfelt sympathy and prayers

Posted by Carlette Miah - Coworker   February 26, 2019

May the Lord surround his family with His strength and love during this most difficult time.

Posted by Adrienne Amoroso - Garnet Valley, PA - Friend   February 25, 2019

Steve was a good police officer for the Borough of Folcroft. Always there to back us up in Darby Township. He will be missed. R.I.P. my brother.

Posted by John Lundell - Aston, PA - Friend   February 25, 2019

Kim,

My sincere condolences on your untimely loss. I will keep you in my prayers as you face the difficult days ahead

Mrs. Canavin

Posted by Suzanne CANAVIN - Claymont, DE - Family Friend   February 25, 2019

To my little brother,
I am heartbroken that you left us at such an early age, I was proud to call you my little brother and I wish I had just for one more day to tell you I love you. I know you loved being a police officer and I remember the smile on your face the day you got hired with Folcroft. Your passion for police work showed which lead to a distinguished career for years, be proud of what you accomplished in your life because we are. So go rest high on that mountain little brother, your work here is done.
I miss you
Tony

Posted by Anthony Ruggieri - Aston, PA - Brother   February 25, 2019

Kim, I am so sorry for your loss, We at work and the Fire Brigade share your feeling of loss. I hope you can find peace knowing Steve was a God Fearing Christian. If you are in need of anything please let us know.
Paul Whittington
Fire Brigade Training

Posted by Paul Whittington - Bear, DE - Coworker   February 25, 2019

Steve was always a fun loving friend. He had a great laugh and was always looking for the humor in things. Steve would always help in anyway he could and seemed to have a great way of connecting with people. He will surely be missed as he was friends with nearly everyone. My family's thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

Posted by Tim Armstrong - Wilmington, DE - Coworker   February 25, 2019

Kim I'm so sorry for your loss I no you both loved each other so much and you can tell by your pictures you both always had smiles on your face your a strong woman Jim and been threw a lot I hope you get threw this I'm so very sorry

Posted by Lisa Mccarty - Ridley, PA - Friend   February 24, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Eleanor Ranieri - Aston, PA - Acquaintance   February 24, 2019