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Obituary for Nicholas S. Ruggiero
Nicholas S. Ruggiero, 90, of Springfield MA, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2020 with his loving family by his side. Born in Springfield, son of the late Nicola and Mary (Stecca) Ruggiero, he was a graduate of Tech High School and was a United States Army Veteran proudly serving his country during the Korean War. Nick resided in Ludlow for many years. He worked for the former Milton Bradley Co. and served the town of Ludlow on the Finance Comm. and Board Of Selectmen. Nicholas's passion in life was his magic. His career started as a young boy and he later traveled the country as an assistant with the Harry Blackstone Sr. show. For many years Nick performed magic for local venues and loved to entertain family and friends. He was a longstanding member of the Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.). He lived for 20 years in Middleburg, VA where he founded Collectors Workshop before moving to Sedona AZ where he was the owner of Signature Pieces. Throughout his career, Nicholas was a talented crafter of fine magic apparatus and will be remembered for designing and creating magic props. Nicholas was the former husband of Shirley Ruggiero and Jane Smith; a loving father to Nikki Ruggiero and wife Mary WillAllen, of WA, Rod Ruggiero and wife Mary, of Belchertown, and Lori (Ruggiero) McMahon, of Chicopee; a cherished grandfather to Amy and Jonathan Ruggiero, and Tara Murphy. Nick was predeceased by his brothers; Ralph and Joseph, and sisters Antionette Ruggiero, Annie Buendo, Beatrice Cirillo, Mary Hood, Rita D’Angelo, and Jenny Berraurd; and also leaves many loving extended family members and dear friends. Nick's family would like to thank all the staff of the Wellington at Springfield for their compassionate care and support. At this time, cremation has taken place. Public visitation will be held at a later date to be announced in Ludlow Funeral Home with interment in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nicholas’s memory to Alzheimer's Association (alz.org).