Alfred B. Ruff of the Tradition Community in Pawleys Island, died November 5 at National Health Care in Murrells Inlet with his wife and son by his side.
He was born April 12, 1934 at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
Al recognized that he was fortunate to have a loving family and all of the benefits that come from growing up in a great city filled with history and opportunity. He described himself as a product of Philadelphia, having graduated from Germantown High School, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from LaSalle University and working on his M.B. A. at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1952-1957 in the Security Services with Top Secret and Cryptographic Clearance, based primarily in England, Scotland and Germany after completing 22 months of technical schools in Mississippi, Texas and California.
After 2 years as a teacher in the Radnor School District in Pennsylvania, Al moved to the position of Human Resource Administrator at Wyeth Laboratories. He later became the first Director of Human Resources for the Headquarters for Research, Administration, Marketing and Sales of Wyeth Laboratories in St. Davids Pennsylvania.
Before retiring to Pawleys Island, SC in 1996, Al and his family moved to Wyomissing, Pennsylvania where he was employed as Corporate Director of Human Resources for Total, a major French company in Paris, France. Al later became Vice President of Human Resources for Morgan Corporation.
During his retirement, he was known as the “Idea Man”, starting the Men’s Nine Hole Golf Group, New Year’s Eve parties at the beach house, boat trips on the Waccamaw River and Winyah Bay, Christmas caroling for the sick, playing Santa for the Festival of Trees and also was known as “Big Al” even though he was only 5’7”.
For the past 2 ½ years, Al resided at National Health Care in Murrells Inlet where his funny wit and kindness to all permeated anyone who came in contact with him.
Al is predeceased by his son, Bradley Thomas who passed away at the age of six and his mother, Mary and father, Alfred H. Ruff.
His wife, Betty, of 56 years, currently lives in the Tradition community in Pawleys Island. He is also survived by his sons, Bart Ruff and wife Tricia of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, Bryan Ruff and wife Anita of Tampa, Florida, three Grandsons, Clayton, Cameron, and Aaron, sister, Marlene of Cornelius, North Carolina and sister Lois in Woodstock, Illinois, sister-in law Brenda and brother-in law, Dennis of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 10 at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, https://www.parkinson.org/ or the Alzheimer’s Association, https://alzfdn.org/
To view these arrangements online, visit, www.burroughsfh.com
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Bart and Family,
Please accept our sincere condolences. I remember meeting Al a few times back in our shore house days in Avalon and at your wedding. Always a smile and good advice. Never forget one thing he told me: "You need more than a week's vacation to unwind from the pressures and stress of everyday work life". And he was right. Hope your memories of him help you through this difficult time.
With deepest Sympathy,
Lou Vassil & Family
Submitted by Lou Vassil on Nov 19 2018 05:02:40 PM
Thank you to all of our dad's friends over the years - and to the hundred people that came out for the service in SC. Even if you are looking at this after the fact, please sign the "guest book" by clicking on the icon and leaving a note.
Submitted by Bart on Nov 13 2018 08:49:57 AM
To the Ruff family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Al must have been a great man to have raise such a son as Bart. I’ve enjoyed the stories Bart’s shared and know you feel Al’s loss keenly. Please accept my condolences.
Submitted by BJ Mandelstam on Nov 11 2018 05:36:58 PM
In your time of sadness, know that our hearts share the grief of your loss of a husband, father and grandfather. Although it is difficult to see someone regress so much from a life once enjoyed, may memories of happy times bring joy to your heart and lasting peace for each of you. We will always remember Al's fun loving good times we shared.
Joan and Jerry Cook
Submitted by Joan and Jerry Cook on Nov 10 2018 03:35:37 PM
Big Al will be very missed. I use to call him my Courthouse dad, when he was my boss at Berks County Services Center in HR Dept. He always gave the best advice! He'd always talk about how much energy my grandmother had and when I lost her he reminded me of how shes watching over me. Now hes up there watching over his family. I send his family my deepest sympathies!
Submitted by Marie Patestas on Nov 9 2018 09:38:50 PM
I did business with Al for many years and got to know him as a good friend. I have never met a nicer person. May God Keep and my sincere condolences to the famile
Submitted by Tom Roberts on Nov 9 2018 04:18:22 PM
My sincere condolences to the entire family. I am sorry for your loss. There are hardly any words to find or say that may bring you comfort at your time of loss. Few things cause more heartache and stress than the death of a loved one. Below a link to an article based on the Holy Scriptures. In this article of the Awake, comfort and help for those who are grieving. (Hosea 13:14 From the power of the Grave I will redeem them; From death I will recover them. Where are your stings, O Death? Where is your destructiveness, O Grave...)?
Submitted by Marlene on Nov 9 2018 10:56:46 AM
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