John Willis Ruff

John Willis Ruff

John Willis Ruff, son of the late Minnie Lee and Semond Ruff, was born on March 6, 1930.  He departed this earthly life, on February 24, 2020.

Willis, as he was affectionately known, was born in Mayfield, Georgia.

At an early age, he relocated to NYC, to live with his favorite Aunt, Viola McBryde.

After testing the waters, Willis and his aunt moved the rest of the family, including his 4 other siblings,

Willie James, Alice, Dan and Bea up North.

John graduated from George Washington High School and worked for the MTA as well as Amtrak, in the capacity as a Pipe Welder, Conductor and Motorman for 30+ years combined.

John was a devoted son and nephew who cared for his mom (104yrs. old), as well as his Aunt Viola (102yrs. old), until their passing.

 John was a sharp dresser, as well as a lover of hats. He also loved traveling in his cherished Cadillac.

He loved a good poker game, as well as watching sports.

 He was the rock and support system of both his immediate and extended family.

John Willis Ruff came from humble beginnings, worked hard to provide a better life for his family.

Those who shared the joys of life with him are:

Wife, Ardelia Ruff,

Daughters, Carolyn J. Ruff, Dorene J. Ruff and Constance Campbell

  Son, Elijah Ruff

Grandson, Gary Chin Jr.

His Brother, Daniel Ruff (Muriel), of Riverdale, Georgia

Sister, Alice Battle (Samuel) deceased

Sister, Anna B. Hamilton

Sister-in-Law, Ella (Lonnie) Ward of Darlington, SC

Brother-in-Law, Lorenzo (Gloria) Hardy of NYC

Special Thanks to Jeremiah, who was often by his side

Special Thanks to Mrs. Demetrice Atkisson, a special and dear friend.


Visiting will be Sunday from 1-5pm, with a service from 5-6pm, at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Interment will take place on Saturday, March 14 in Fairmont Cemetery, Fairmont, North Carolina.


  • Venetia L Barbee Posted March 4, 2020 4:43 pm

    Mr. Ruff known as Uncle Ruff to the Barbee family in Baltimore, Maryland will truly be missed by us all!We are sadden by the loss of our dear Beloved😢 We always enioyed his company rather he came here to Maryland or family reunions in Georgia! We even looked forward to our gatherings there in New York with our family members Early(s) and Martin(s). He had a way of taking care of others and seeing we had the best of times when we came together!! He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him.Our condolences and. prayers to every one who loved him🙏❤ May God comfort and strengthen us during the days to come as we Celebrate his Homecoming.🙏 Peace and Blessings❤

    • Aurora Martin Posted March 5, 2020 7:30 am

      Thank You cousin for acknowledging Ruff (my dad) and the love he had for our family. My mother and the family is saddened and deeply hurt by his lost. He is in a better place now and his memories will live with us forever….. ❤️

  • Aurora Martin Posted March 5, 2020 12:35 pm

    Thank You cousin for acknowledging the love Ruff(my dad) had for our family. He will truly be missed my mother and all of us is deeply hurt and saddened by his lost. He is in a better place now and will live in our hearts and memories forever….. ❤️

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Translate »