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Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlors

2116 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL

OBITUARY

William Randolph Ruff

October 10, 1948May 19, 2020

William Randolph Ruff was born on October 10, 1948 and passed away on May 19, 2020 and is under the care of Johns-Ridout's Funeral Parlors.

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William Randolph Ruff

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Stephanie Odom

June 1, 2020

I always liked seeing William around Episcopal Place where we lived. I think he really liked being part of our community. I will miss him.

joy doering

May 29, 2020

William and I became friends through NAMI Birmingham in 2010. I had just become president and he was a mentor that guided me through the details of being president.

When my husband passed in 2015, William guided and mentored my daughter, Helena, during this very difficult period.

William was a good man who worked diligently for the cause of mental illness and NAMI. He is loved and will be dearly missed.

Brittney Scott

May 29, 2020

I first met William at a Continuing Ed. When I first started my journey as a Peer . He was witty, and kind, and made me feel welcome immediately. I later got to know him much better during my Certified Peer Support Specialist training. William not only gave us the knowledge we need to succeed, he gave us hope. With his own struggles, his own story, and that is exactly what being a peer is all about. Anyone that had the pleasure of training with him took a little bit of him with them when they left. We can all continue his legacy in mental health as well as just being KIND. I find comfort in knowing how many lives he touched, and how much he changed me personally. I will miss you your “Highness”.

Charisse Parker

May 28, 2020

Mr. William Ruff was an amazing man. From the first time we met in 2014 until the last two occasions I was blessed to be in his presence, it was a real pleasure to be in his presence. He was always so humble and caring and humorous. He will be greatly missed more than words can express

Kym Klass

May 28, 2020

William was a wonderfully dedicated man who worked tirelessly to make the world a better place. He will be missed throughout NAMI Alabama and by everyone whose life he touched.

Kym Klass
NAMI Alabama

Stephens Puckett

May 27, 2020

What a wonderful and humble individual we have lost at least in this world. I know William is looking down on us with a bright smile. He will always be remembered for his kindness and dedication for all of God’s people.

William I will always miss you and your dry whit

Steve Puckett

James Tucker

May 27, 2020

In 34 years of working a public interest lawyer, I have worked with many professionals, colleagues and advocates. Mr. Ruff was without fail one of the most dedicated advocates and steady-as-a-rock colleagues I have ever met. He never stopped his advocacy on behalf of those who needed him. He was a consummate pleasure to be with and work with. He brought a never-ending spirit of good will and whimsy to every task he engaged, no matter how big or how small. Without fail, every time I spoke to him or spent time with him, he was not just pleasant - but cheerful, filled with good humor and had a quality all too rare these day, humility. I do not know all of his history, but I always felt like there was more to the story, something (maybe alot) that I did not know about him. And, it seemed, that imbued him with a maturity and graceful comfort with his knowing who he was and who he had become as he neared the end of life's journey.
I know for my self, and I suspect for many of us, Mr. Ruff represented the best of what we hope we may be and become.
Godspeed, William.
Peace to you all, family and friends.
William: You are not forgotten.

Robert Williams lll

May 22, 2020

Praying for your family and friends...I served on the N.A.M.I. of Birmingham INC. Board Vice President with William. He is a devoted member and served family members and friends well
..Bill always showed up on time and took his volunteer work seriously...he helped himself and eventually everyone around him.. Bill was a great leader and worked his heart out in the community...I am so proud of his life...God Bless you William Ruff and your two daughters and friends..

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