Condolence & Memory Journal

Linda and Family..I was shocked and saddened to hear of Joes passing..In 1975 he lured me, then ex Navy Submariner at the Harvard Business School to come to NAVL for a Summer- "Try it..you might like it"..and Joe used his best persuasive powers as 1/3 of the fledgling NAVL HR department to make it so..and I stayed with NAVL for 9 years.. and then was an agent thru 1998.
I so enjoyed Joe's upbeat attitude.. from his 2 day trip to Lebanaon to close our branch there in the midst of a war in 1982... to his efforts with the AMC to try and elevate the public view of the moving industry- Full page picture of Joe in Newsweek in 1983!!

Amazing guy..Much missed in many industries..and an upbeat spirit that was instrumental in my career.. Fair winds and Following Seas Joe..

Posted by Bill Elliott - Princeton NJ, NJ - Employee, Friend   July 02, 2012

Linda and family,

We are very sad to hear about the passing of our dear friend Joe. He was a wonderful man and a great leader. He lived life to the fullest with much class, integrity and passion.

Our deepest sympathy is with you and your family. May all the good memories help you get through this difficult time.

You remain in our thoughts and prayers,

Sincerely,

John Von Paris
The Von Paris Family
Von Paris Moving and Storage
Baltimore, Maryland

Posted by John Von Paris - Baltimore, MD - Friend   January 04, 2012

Dear Linda,

Our company, Transpo International Ltd. (now Asian Tigers Thailand), represented northAmerican Van Lines for over 35 years. We came to know Joe through this association. We considered him a leader, business associate, and friend. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family,

Sincerely,

Bill Reinsch
Chairman

Posted by Bill Reinsch    January 04, 2012

My condolences for the loss of Mr. Ruffolo. I only knew him for a brief time, but he left quite an impact! Very kind, motivated, and full of wisdom. He gave us an encouraging word when it should have been the other way around! God bless Joe and his family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Sincerely, Kristy Ponder

Posted by Kristy Ponder - Fort Wayne, IN - Parkview OT   December 31, 2011

Linda and Family,

We were saddened to learn of Joe's recent death. After I retired from FWCS Joe gave me guidance as I established a company - guidance that made the company a success. Joe's wit and humor were enjoyed by his fellow Business Forum Members at our luncheons and outings. We all know Joe was a giving man, a friend of many groups and organizations. But he influenced and helped me in a very personal way, and I will never forget it!

Joe, a job well done - rest in peace.

Posted by Dan and Beverly Howe - Sarasota, FL   December 30, 2011

Candle

To Joe's Family,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. You have our condolences. Joe had a positive effect on everyone that knew him. He spent some time with me helping me when I was diagnosed with cancer. He was a great and kind man. He will be greatly missed.

Rick & Monica Trump

Posted by Rick Trump - Fort Wayne, IN - Business/Friend   December 30, 2011

We simply do not expect the giants among us to leave. For so many years Joe has been a "difference maker" in nearly every corner of the Ft. Wayne community. And still, he had the time to interact one on one with the people along the way. I remember sitting at the table with him at Quest club and how upbeat he was. I remember standing in the aisle at intermission of a Philharmonic concert just over a year ago. I asked him about trains and Ft. Wayne because Quest was creating a DVD on transportation of the past 100 years. He smiled and immediately recalled a number of facts, each one showing this community in a good light. "You know, there were 200 trains a day going through here at one time," he said. "That's a lot of trains."

He volunteered his help. He set the standard for "doing unto others...." This community will miss him. We all salute him. Godspeed,

Posted by dana wichern - fort wayne, IN - acquaintance   December 30, 2011

Like so many, we were saddened by Joe's passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with Linda and the Ruffolo family. Joe's enormous contributions to our community will reverberate for years to come. If one generation plants trees so the children can have shade, Joe fostered an entire forest. He was a great role model, and he will be missed by so many. Rest in peace, Joe, you earned it.

John and Mary Brandt

Posted by John and Mary Brandt - Fort Wayne, IN - Friends   December 29, 2011

Joe was such an instrumental part of my growth as a business person. I will never forget him and wish his family well. I hope that the memories of the good times you had with him will sustain you. Much love from my husband Mark and I to you all.

Posted by Dee Putman-Elliott - Irvine, CA - Business Associate and friend   December 29, 2011

Good men are well remembered. Rest in peace, Joe.

Posted by David Zych - Dallas, TX - Employee at NAVL   December 29, 2011

JOE RUFFOLO, AKA "THE BUFFALO" , WAS WITHOUT A DOUBT ONE OF THE GREAT MEN I HAVE KNOWN. ALTHOUGH WE DID NOT SEE EACH OTHER OFTEN THERE WAS WARMTH IN EVIDENT ABUNDANCE WHEN WE DID. HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO NAVL AND TO OUR FAMILY BUSINESS WERE INVALUABLE. AT A MEETING OR CONVENTION HE WAS A BIG PRESENCE. SEEMED LIKE HE WAS EIGHT FEET TALL. HE WAS A TRUE MOTIVATOR. ALWAYS MOST POSITIVE. THE WORLD WILL SURELY MISS HIM. MY HEARTFELT CONDOLONCES TO LINDA AND HIS FAMILY.

Posted by JOE - GLENDALE, CA - NORTH AMERICAN AGENT   December 29, 2011

ALWAYS A GENTLEMAN AND RESPECTED BUSINESS MAN. HE IS IRREPLACIBLE.

WE ENOYED AN OPERA IN S.F. ONE EVENING WITH TOM & LINDA ZIRK. FOND MEMORIES.

Posted by BOBBEE CAMPBELL - CONCORD, CA - BUSINESS   December 29, 2011

To Joe's family, please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. I trust that your memories will help during this saddest of times.

I did not know Joe personally. I was a competitor. But I came to have great respect for him through the people with which he surrounded himself. Many of them have become very close friends of mine. Over the years, they all expressed great respect and admiration for him. I am certain that he will be missed.

Posted by George Sikora - Wheaton, IL - Business associate   December 29, 2011

Linda & family, so very sorry for your loss. Joe was a good guy and liked by all who were lucky enough to know him. North American was made better by him and so was I. God Bless.

Posted by Tom Weimer - Fort Wayne, IN - Business Co-Worker   December 29, 2011

Dear Linda, we were so sorry to read of Joe's passing. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this time .We still remember with fondness your Christmas cards during our NAVL days.
Your old neighbors. friends and Navl co-workers
Don and Jane Blankers

Posted by Don and Jane Blankers - Norcross, GA - friend,neighbor,co-worker   December 28, 2011

I guess Entrepreneurs and investors are needed in Heaven also. Many are sad to see you go sometimes heaven doesn't think so. My Prayers going out to family and friends. If someone takes one step in Joe's footprint, they are sure to leave a legacy directed by one of the best... to say the least. I hope to one day follow in those footsteps to be a community provider as well a staple and carry some of the legacy along the way. What a great mentor, such a loss.

Posted by Ron Timmons - Fort Wayne, IN - friend   December 28, 2011

Thanks for being a good friend and mentor.For being one of the busiest people I known, you always made time. The world is a poorer place without you.

Posted by Tony and Beth Wolf - Ft Wayne, IN - Friend   December 28, 2011

Dear: Joe

Did you ever know you were my hero and everything I would like to be?

I can fly higher than an eagle because you were the wind beneath my wings.

It might has appeared to go unnoticed

But I have it all right hear in my heart

I want you to know the truth

I would have been nothing without you

You were and will forever be my hero!!

Posted by Tom Tonkel - Huntertown, IN - Friend and Co-Worker   December 28, 2011

LInda, Julie, Joe II,

I'm so very sorry to hear this news. I only have fond memories of Joe Sr and your family. Joe Sr. was an absolute class act. I had the misfortune of losing my mother earlier this year and I completely understand the feelings of loss.

Take care,

Dennis Monagle & family.

Posted by Dennis Monagle - Virginia Beach, VA - family friend   December 28, 2011

Linda, Julie, and Joe --

I was shocked and saddened to read of Joe's death yesterday. He was an exceptional man -- good husband, good father and grandfather, good neighbor, good person. As I read his obituary, I realized again how much of himself he gave to our community and beyond. I will remember his laugh and his humility. My prayers are with you all at this sad time. May you all be comforted with your individual and family memories of Joe/Dad. The rest of us will keep him and you in our hearts.

Posted by Bev (Weinraub) Peters - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   December 28, 2011

http://youtu.be/-hASQH9EfQA

Posted by Tom Tonkel - Huntertown, IN - Friend and Co-Worker   December 28, 2011

I was very blessed to know Joe and Linda and my heart goes out to their family. Fort Wayne is a better place thanks to the Ruffolo's generous spirit and hard work.

Posted by Joanie Pauwels - Fort Myers,, FL - Friend   December 28, 2011

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Joe. I worked with Joe at North American Van Lines for 10 years. Unknown to him he was my mentor and the greatest man I ever met. Just by walking into a room Joe commanded attention and respect. The world has truly loss one of the best. R.I.P. Joe I will never forget the positive impact you had on my life.

Posted by Tom Tonkel - Huntetown, IN - Friend and Co-Worker   December 28, 2011

Dear Linda and Family,
So sad to hear of Joe's passing. He was such a nice, kind and gentle man. He leaves a great legacy with all he touched and improved in Fort Wayne. My prayers are with you as God holds Joe in the palm of His hand!

Posted by Jennifer R. Bosk - Raleigh, NC - Friend   December 28, 2011

Joe was an amazing man, he was extremely gifted and willing to share of his time and wisdom. He was interested in making money, but never greedy and selflessly advised us in our early stages of development. He drove all the way out to Grabill Indiana to meet with my brother and me. We followed his advice and proceeded over the next 12 years to grow our small start up company to now employ over 300 people here in NE Indiana. Many times along the way Joe gave advice and spent his time and shared his wisdom. He was a great man with an enormous heart and a passion for helping others. So thank you Joe, your family can never know all the details of how you helped so many people. I hope this small memory will serve as testament to the kind of man you chose to be. Godspeed Joe.

Mike Bermes

Posted by Mike Bermes - Fort Wayne, IN - Business Advisor   December 28, 2011

I have very fond memories of Mr. Ruffolo when he visited his daughter Julie at DePauw and then years later in Fort Wayne during preparations for her wedding. He was a very loving and doting father to his daughter. I know he will be deeply missed.

Posted by Katie Pell Daniello - lewes, DE - Family friend   December 28, 2011

Joe Ruffolo was a great man who cared deeply about Fort Wayne. He gave selflessly of his time to help anyone who asked. He was a true community leader. Peace be with you Joe.

Posted by Joe Bockerstette - Fort Wayne, IN - Business Partner   December 27, 2011