NAUGATUCK — Joshua E. Ruccio, 35, of 6 Summit Road, Naugatuck, husband of Jodie (Cheasty) Ruccio died suddenly on Monday, Jan. 16.
Josh was born on June 17, 1976 in Waterbury. Josh graduated from Salem Elementary School, Hillside Middle School and Naugatuck High School, Class of 1994, where he was a member of the baseball and basketball teams. Josh also attended Western Connecticut State University. Josh was previously employed with the Connecticut Water Company, Pulte Homes, Borough of Naugatuck and most recently worked at Flabeg Glass Company as a Machine Operator.
Josh was most known for his love of sports, especially basketball. Josh influenced the lives of many children in the Borough of Naugatuck through his various coaching positions. Josh followed in his grandfather Ruccio’s footsteps volunteering countless hours to the YMCA, Friday Night League and high school basketball programs, as well as Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball. He was also a former member of the Naugatuck Hall of Fame Committee.
Josh was extremely proud to call himself a Laker’s, Cub’s and Bear’s fan. His favorite time of year was March Madness and the NBA playoffs. In his spare time, Josh loved to fish, coach, watch sports, attend sporting events and spend time with family and friends. Josh will now be at peace in heaven with his grandfather, best friend Dustin, and “little brother” Chris.
In addition to his wife, Josh also leaves behind his parents, Mark and Pamela Ruccio; his mother-in-law, Maureen Cheasty, and his beloved sisters, Erin and Ashley Ruccio. Josh was also survived by his grandmothers, Tina Ruccio, Lydia Goodson, and Sandra Clisham; grandfather William Clisham, as well as his aunt Roberta Buckmiller and her husband Terry; his uncles Paul Ruccio, Keith Goodson; his favorite “Aunt Sis” and numerous close friends and family.
Josh was predeceased by his grandfathers, Robert Ruccio and Joseph Goodson.
Private funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan.19, at Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Joshua E. Ruccio Scholarship Fund, Naugatuck Valley Savings & Loan, 333 Church St., Naugatuck, CT 06770.
For more information and to place online condolences, visit www.buckmillerbrothers.com.