Ruby F. Rizzo
- age 91 of Orlando FL.; passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 , 2pm at First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, 341 US 17-92 in Maitland, FL.
My grandmother was the grandmother you would call stereotypical if you assumed she simply fit the bill. For nearly 40 years, i was blessed to have a grandmother who was passionate, particular, friendly, respectful, full of conviction and still caring and parental whether through the lens of the 10 year old me, or as recently as a few years ago.
I'll always remember my summers (along with my sister Jessica) with she and my Grandpa.. they were a special 2 weeks each year where nothing mattered.. only having fun a complete disconnect from anything but fun days at the amusement parks, swimming or even just pouring over the cereal options for breakfast.
While i was never personally fascinated with the cooking program, i was always interested in eating it. Seeing them both work on homemade ravioli, lasagna, sausages, meatballs and briggioles is probably one thing that resonated deep inside and why i was so interested in marrying the amazing chef who is my dear wife today.
My Grandparents Ruby and Gene were with me when i married my wife Rhea in the Philippines. They embraced her in such a way that immediately made her feel like she belonged. They were there for an important part of my life and we were fortunate they could make the trip to be with us in the Philippines 3 more times.
I'm certain that most don't have the luxury in life that i have had... having had grandparents as such an integral part of their lives until my age, but specifically a meaningful one that left me with values and a perspective on people, race, cultures, kindness and genuine acceptance of those different from me... something they exhibited as much as anyone I've ever been influenced by.
I will miss my Grandma Rizzo entirely, but i feel peach knowing she's at peace and proud of the legacy she's left behind and the example she's set for our entire family. I couldn't be any more proud to call her not just my Grandmother, but an influential figure shaping who i am today.
Grandma, I wish i could give you one more hug, share one more laugh, one more glass of wine, one more story, because I'll be missing that particular part of me. Now get back to telling Gene that the Agassi match is on, the mail hasn't been delivered, the car is making a sound and its time to pick out your costumes for the community party.
David Rizzo Jr.Manila, VA