Michael J. Rufo

Michael J. Rufo of Peabody passed away at the age of 64 on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 after a strong and courageous battle with cancer. He was in the comfort of his home with his family and dog by his side when he passed.

Michael was born in Malden, MA on October 28, 1953 to the late Joseph and Catherine (Holland) Rufo. He was the brother of the late Catherine (Rufo) Foley of Woburn, MA.

Michael graduated from Malden Catholic High School where he was Tri-Captain of their football team; he then went on to attend Boston College. Michael was always passionate about science and math, and this drove him to pursue his Doctorate in Physics. Michael started off as a history teacher and went on to work in property management. Eventually, Michael combined his love of sports and teaching and became a high school football coach.

Michael was married to his best friend, Lynne Rufo, for 23 years. He was a doting father to his four daughters and a loving grandfather to his nine grandchildren. Michael enjoyed cooking in the kitchen with his girls while singing along to his favorite music. Michael also had a love for animals, especially dogs.

Michael is survived by his beloved wife, Lynne F. Rufo; his four daughters, Jenniffer and Jeff Mooney of NH, Charissa Parker and Adam McLaughlin of Bellingham, Kristy Rufo and Michael Nardone of Lynn, and Tara Rufo and Johnny Pine of Newton; his grandchildren, Liam, Samantha, Lily, Deirdre, Sophia, Michael, Maggie, Andrew, and Declan; and his dog, Chaco. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Tricca, of FL.

ARRANGEMENTS: Michael’s family will have a private memorial service and a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Michael’s name to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970.


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  1. Robin Hill on May 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Lynn, Jenniffer, Kristy and Charissa.
    May he R.I.P.

  2. Ryan Blodgett on May 2, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to all of you. His legacy will live on through four amazing daughters.

  3. Edward Lynch on May 2, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Condolences to you all. Rest In Peace Mike

  4. Doh on May 2, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    My condolences. This is never a welcomed part of life but one non the less. You are all in my heart, thoughts and prayers. M.J.R, may he rest in peace, forever beloved and never forgotten.

    God bless.

  5. Dan and Tuesday on May 2, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    We offer you our thoughts, prayers and well wishes during this hard time.

  6. Allen Hill on May 2, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    My deepest condolences to the entire family. He was an incredible mind. RIP Uncle Mike

  7. Judy and Alan Mooney on May 2, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Deepest sympathy to all of you during this time of loss. Thoughts and prayers.

  8. Brenda & Tom Connors on May 2, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    My Deepest Condolences to The Rufo Family. .
    May God Be with You During These Difficult
    Days ..
    He was Great Man Always Good 2 My Son.. May He Rest in Peace

  9. Lisa and Nathaniel McCormick on May 3, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Michael you will be deeply missed by all. You have moved on so soon.

  10. Robin Hill on May 3, 2018 at 2:31 am

    I’m so sorry! I accidentally left out our baby girl Tara. Dont know how I forgot u sweets. Hugs baby girl, love u to the moon and back!

  11. Shawn & Deborah Rivers on May 5, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Thoughts & prayers for you all

  12. Lucy Tempesta on May 8, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    So sorry for this huge loss. Rest in peace Michael.

  13. gail rufo on May 8, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  14. Cousin Cathy (Kabana) Smith on May 8, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    My deepest condolences..I remember Mike coming to my parents home…very very happy memories….. Rest in Peace

  15. Candy Tempesta on May 8, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Michael and I were cousins and we lost touch. So sad to reconnect in this way.

  16. Valerie Carfagna on May 8, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.

  17. Robin Gutierrez on May 9, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Tara and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  18. NANCI ARCHIBALD on May 9, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Nanci (Burns) Archibald

    First cousin but didn’t really now each other. RIP Michael , and deepest sympathy to your loved ones

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