William (Bill) Earle Ruscoe passed away Friday, October 7, 2022 after a long illness, with his wife of 56 years, Rosemarie, by his side at Maplewood Senior Living Facility. Born on July 6, 1934 in Norwalk.
Bill was a life-long resident of Darien. At Darien High School, Bill lettered in Football, Ice Hockey and Track. Following graduation, Bill served 4 years in the US Navy and attended Springfield College and LaGuardia School of Aeronautics. Bill opened and ran a woodworking business with his father, "The Wood Chip", in town for several years and retired from Ring's End after 25 years. He was also a proud member of the Noroton Volunteer Fire Department for 70 years. He was a lover of boats, both sail and power, and enjoyed racing sailboats. He and Rosemarie had a Boston Whaler for 23 years and enjoyed being on the Sound with their family.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Marion Orchard Miller and Earle Ruscoe. Surviving in addition to his wife, are daughters Michele Sumner and her husband Kenneth, Heather Forlenzo and her husband Christopher all from Milford; 4 grandchildren, Benjamin Sumner, Meghan Sumner, Jessica Forlenzo, Hannah Forlenzo; great-granddaughter Luna Forlenzo; sister Carolyn (Rusty) Burt of Madison; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Boston Post Rd, Darien on Thursday, October 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 p.m. at St. John RC Church, 1986 Post Rd. in Darien on Friday, October 14. Reception to be held at Noroton Fire Department following Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or to the Noroton Volunteer Fire Department, 1873 Post Road, Darien.