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James W. Ruch, 79 Loving and devoted family man with a strong work ethic and a great sense of humor James W. Ruch, a native Staten Islander, passed peacefully at home on March 10, 2018. Born on Nov. 5, 1938, at Richmond Memorial Hospital, S.I., he was the son of Mildred and Charles Ruch of Great Kills, S.I., and lived in Great Kills his entire life. Jim attended Great Kills Moravian Church, PS 8 and Tottenville High School, Class of 1957. He was married to his high school sweetheart and prom date, Alice Nelson, for 54 years; she preceded him in death in 2014. Jim served in the U.S. Army and spent 35 years with the New York Telephone Co. After retiring from the telephone company, he and his brother, Charles, expanded the family business started by their father, Ruch Mooring Service, Inc., by building a floating dock and marina in Great Kills. Jim spent many years enjoying his time on the water as proprietor of Ruch Mooring, as well as fishing and taking trips on his boat, "Harpoon," out of Great Kills Harbor. He was a member of the Staten Island Yacht Club. A proud man, with a strong work ethic, a great sense of humor, and a respected member of the Great Kills community, Jim, a loving and devoted family man, will be missed by all who came in contact with him. He is survived by son, James and his wife, Patricia; daughter, Susan and her husband, Benjamin Pulice, and four grandchildren, John and his wife, Rachel, Alexis, James and Emma. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and all who were fortunate enough to know him. The viewing is on Tuesday, March 13, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Colonial Funeral Home. The memorial service is Wednesday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Colonial Funeral Home 2819 Hylan Blvd. Staten Island, N.Y. 10306 (718) 351-5858
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