Thomas J. “T.J.” Aruffo, 49, of St. Petersburg, Fla. and formerly of
Chesterton, died Thursday, February 28, 2008 at Palms of Pasadena Hospital.
He was born May 30, 1958 in Drexel Hill, Pa., the son of A. John an Helen
Aruffo, both of whom survive.
He also is survived by his wife of 25 years, Marie (Fordham) Aruffo and
children Matthew and Meghan Aruffo, all of St. Petersburg.
Other family survivers include sisters Amy Spaeth, Holly Dunn and Jennifer
Stiles; mother- and father-in-law William and Marie Fordham and their
TJ graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1982 and was a naval aviator for 14
years, after which time he held positions for several companies including
Vice-President for Information Technology at NISOURCE. He was Chief
Information Officer at Cott Corporation in Tampa, Florida most recently. TJ
was an avid yachtsman and sailed many races in Lake Michigan including “The
Mac” from Chicago to Macinac.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 6 at Holy Family
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 4-8 p.m. at Anderson-McQueen
Funeral Home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Memorial donations may be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, 291 Wood
Road, Annapolis, MD 21402.
For more information, call Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, N.E. St. Petersburg
Chapel at 727-822-2059.