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Casey Funeral Home

350 Slosson Ave, Staten Island, NY

OBITUARY

Ronald DaBruzzo

January 22, 1946June 26, 2020

Ron DaBruzzo, 74, of Staten Island, NY, died peacefully at his home, on June 26, 2020, with his wife of 50 years, by his side. Ron will always be remembered for his generosity, infectious smile, and his uncanny ability to light up a room. He was loved and adored by all who knew him. Ron was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 22, 1946 preceded in death by his mother Margaret (née Tretola), father Anthony DaBruzzo, and older brother Anthony, Jr. After spending his childhood in Brooklyn, NY surrounded by loving aunts, uncles, and cousins, he spent his teenage years in Long Island where he was an acclaimed high school gymnast on the parallel bars. Shortly after high school, he enlisted in the Army National Guard, and was activated during the postal strike of 1970 where he served as a reservist.

At the age of 15, he discovered music to be his true passion, and enjoyed his time as lead vocalist and drummer in many bands throughout the New York area. He entertained his audiences and fellow band members alike with his charisma, melodic voice, and impassioned drum playing.

It was at one of these venues that Ron met the love of his life, Jean (née Roberts), his wife of 50 years. They married on April 11, 1970 in Brooklyn, NY. Together they had an adored, successful son, Ron DaBruzzo Jr. (Amanda). He was a loyal, loving, devoted, and proud husband and father until his death. Jean and Ron enjoyed a long, happy life together with family and friends and traveled on many great adventures, including trips to the Windy City spending time with his son and daughter-in-law Amanda, and adored grand dogs, Guthrie and Arlington.

He spent a long, respected career as an electrical design engineer in the power industry. Throughout his tenure, he developed deep and lasting friendships with many of his colleagues. In 2018, after a successful 53 year career, he retired from AECOM.

His favorite pastimes included cheering on his son’s and daughter in-law’s racehorses, tailgating at Jets games, rooting on the Yankees, as well as annual BBQs and holidays with longtime friends and family.

Ron is also survived by several cousins, sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, and many friends and colleagues.

Services for Ron will be private at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Disabled American Veterans in his memory at www.dav.org

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Doris Lewis

June 30, 2020

I was so scared when I auditioned for The Casuals at age 19...... little did I know it would be the beginning of a 35 year relationship on and off the bandstand! You always pushed me to be a better singer and piano player..... we played and sang together for all my family functions and you became my “Musical Husband” lol..... you sang our wedding song and Brian and I continue to watch our wedding video every anniversary with love and gratitude for your voice and your heart! You’ve touched our lives forever.... we are better musicians and better people .... because of you!There’s so much more to say but I will keep it in my heart until we meet again.... Love and friendship forever Doris and Brian 🎶🎹🎤🎺

Joe Capuano

June 30, 2020

We lost a beloved AECOM family member in Ron. From the moment he entered the building with a welcoming smile and that personal greeting he made your day good. He shared his life with everyone and lent an ear to others who wanted someone to listen. He will be remembered for the love of family, music, going Jets and Yankee games with his son, planning the July trips to Aruba, his trip to Italy, dinners with his family, trips to Borgata in AC any many more too many to mention. Dealing with his illness never changed his disposition. He came to work with the same smile and good humor to the last working day. To say he will be missed is an understatement. We mourn the loss of Ron but he will never be forgotten because of the memories he left.
My Sincere Condolence to the DaBruzzo family,
Joe Capuano

Colette Agabiti

June 30, 2020

Always a pleasure to be around, your wonderful smile radiated throughout the room making me forget about being at work. Talking about Chocolate Martini, the Haskell and going to the Kentucky Derby was special. Go boldly into heaven’s door where I’m sure you now are. You will be missed by all.
Colette Agabiti

Jun Aberin

June 29, 2020

My Condolences to the family,

I met Ron in 1998 when we were still RE&C and as a new kid on the block coming from Foster Wheeler, he was one of the people who made me feel welcomed and accepted. He is a great and caring person, genuine not a fake. He has a very nice tonal voice that even when he’s talking he’s like singing (my impression anyway).
I was glad to see him last December in that pizza place.
Rest In Peace Ron, you will always be remembered. Thank you for the friendship.

Always in my prayers,
Jun

Fran Rapposelli

June 29, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Ron for several years at AECOM. He was funny, outgoing and loved life. As a drummer myself, we spent many times during work, talking about music and our love for the drums. I learned a lot more about playing the instrument from his insight, expertise and talent that he always shared. I will always remember him by our coworker's call-out "Ronnnnie Boyyyyah!!!!!" My condolences to the family and will keep you in my thoughts....

Dave Valeno

June 28, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss.
I worked with Ron for many years at AECOM.
Great guy and very good friend he would anything for you.
I looked forward to having lunch with him especially at Delorenzos pizza his favorite pizza.
Even after his retirement we would meet for lunch there.
I’m glad I had the chance to speak with him a week before he passed.
He will be truly missed.

Valeno

Linda CIOFALO

June 28, 2020

Dear Jeanie, Ron and family
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
Ronnie was such a great guy. He had a beautiful voice and lit up any room he performed in. I will cherish all the memories of the band and the laughs on and off the bandstand. 🎶
Rest in Peace ,
Best,
Linda and Joey

Philip j Avella

June 28, 2020

I will live with the many, many years of great memories we were fortunate enough to share together with the "crowd" we so cherished and enjoyed. Now as that crowd dwindles down to a precious few, it becomes all the more important to remember those special times together. I will miss you my brother more than I can express..thank you for all we shared. RIP now knowing that some day we will all meet once again to enjoy that which we held in such great esteem. Love you! Phil

Gregory Burke

June 28, 2020

Dabruzzo Family,

I am very sorry for your loss.
I was fortunate to have met and worked with Ron for many years at AECOM and legacy companies up until his retirement. I enjoyed our afternoon coffee breaks together. I can tell you Ron was so very proud of his son.
Ron will always be in my prayers.
Miss you, my friend.

Greg Burke

Mike Dallal

June 28, 2020

DaBruzzo family,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ronnie my friend and colleague . I enjoyed the lunches and time we spent while he was working at AECOM and when he visited us after he retired to join us at his favorite pizza place.

Your family will be in our prayers.

Mike Dallal and Family

FROM THE FAMILY