William V. Ruocco, 92 of West Haven, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 30, 2019 surrounded by his family. Born in New Haven, he was the son of the late Gennaro Ruocco and Giovannia Chiaramonte. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Eileen, and brother, Joseph. He is survived by his children, Gerald Ruocco (Deborah) of North Haven, Ronald Ruocco (Kristin) of Stamford and Debra Chenette (Brian) of West Dennis, MA. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Christine Rutigliano, Jason Ruocco, Stacy Myers, Michelle Napoli, Brianna Ruocco, Matthew and Tyler Chenette; and great-grandchildren, Michael, Sofia, Justin, William, Jake and Harper. Bill enjoyed many jobs; including part-time police officer for West Haven and bus driver for CT Transit, satisfying his love of the outdoors. A favorite memory of his family's is when he drove the city's heavy snow removal equipment and took the opportunity to plow huge piles of carefully groomed snow at the end of their street so the neighborhood kids could sled. Bill and Eileen were active square dancers with the West Haven Square Dancing Club. Bill was a devoted husband to Eileen and believed her to be the only one who could make proper eggplant parmesan. We take comfort that they are again performing an allemande right in appropriate western dress. We would like to take the opportunity thank those at Maplewood of Orange for their compassion and support of Bill and our entire family. A private burial service is being held at the discretion of his family. Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden is in care of the arrangements.

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  1. Bill and I were cousins and when we were kids, we both loved to ice skate and he being older would drive us to Mix Avenue Pond in Hamden and we would go skating. When I got married, I worked Yale Law School and his wife, Eileen worked there in the dining Hall and I would see her every day — she was a wonderful person. We went to many social functions together and every year attended the Elk Christmas Ball, a formal event. As our children got older and married, we attended their weddings and I will never forget all the good times and laughs we had together–especially our phone calls. I miss them both.

    Charlie and Terry Gerard

  2. Best neighbors anyone could have wished for. My family’s lives are better for knowing the both of you .RIP

  3. Bill and Eileen were my neighbors for many years on Lettney Place when I was growing up. I have fond memories of all the street parties that we had. When Bill and Eileen moved to Pheasant Road my parents bought the house next door and continued to be neighbors. They will both be missed. Diane Smullen Campane

  4. My sympathy , condolences and heartfelt thoughts for all of you on the loss of your wonderful, loving father. He was , simply , a loving, dedicated and genuine man. I have many cherished , happy and fond memories of your father, mother and all of you . As cousins – we would gather for the years of holidays and family events over the early years of our respective lives. My parents, Aunt Rose and Uncle Ven, were very fond of your father and enjoyed visiting with him and your mother. Although we have not been in touch for many years, please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. He was a beautiful soul. May he rest in peace and love. Fondly, Vanessa Ramadon, cousin.

  5. It is nice to hear from the friends from Lettney Place. Hope you all are doing great, say hello to Audrey for us.

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