Stanley John Ruszala, "John," age 34, of Tupper Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 14, 2021. John was born July 8, 1987, the son of Stan Ruszala and Lori Friend. He graduated from Tupper Lake Central School and the BOCES Auto Tech program in 2006. John held a variety of jobs including mechanic work at Leroy's Auto, technician for Home Energy, Main Street Restaurant, and steel iron work for MDRM Industries for 14 years.
John is survived by his loving parents, Lori and Ross Friend, his father, Stan Ruszala, his grandparents, Peter and Victoria Worlock and Sandra Friend, his sister and brother-in-law, Sara and Jeff Wells, his sister Breanne Friend, niece, Hannah Barber, aunts and uncles, Rusty and Wendy Luft, Phillip Worlock, Marissa and Brian Crandall, Chuck Cirillo, Brittany Luft, Linda and Steve Hilbert, Darlene and Steve Coffey, Todd and Becky Friend, Christina and Mark Holzschun and their children, and John and Vanessa Sanders and their children. He is also survived by his cousins Shayna, Rylee, and Jayden Crandall, Kristy and Andre Trujillo and their son Evan, Jared Cirillo, Nick and Tianna Coffey and their children Nathan and Aubrey, Justin Coffey, Jennifer Friend and James Augustine and their daughter Rose, and Jessica Friend and Cody Kobler and their daughter Blair.
He is predeceased by his great grandparents Dominick (Youngie) and Maggie Cirillo, his great uncle Phillip Cirillo, and grandparents Russell Luft, Kitty Wilcox, Stanley Ruszala II, and Vern Friend.
John grew up playing drums for the Tupper Lake Christian Center as part of the worship team and held strong Christian beliefs. John was an avid outdoorsman with a love of fishing, hunting, camping, four wheeling, snowmobiling, and spending time at the family camp, Camp Tilly. John also loved animals, especially his dog Shay Baby. He could usually be found tinkering and rebuilding anything he could get his hands on which include his motorized bike, his Mongoose, and red Mustang. Anyone who knew John, knew he had a bold, adventurous, fun-loving personality. He was quick-witted, light hearted and captured the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. He was hard working in all he did, had a fierce love for his family, and was never afraid to take a risk or stand by his views. His smile was contagious, as he was often in the center of the room making jokes. John was strongly protective of his sisters and his "brothering" often extended to close family friends. John will be forever loved and in the hearts of his family and loved ones.
Calling Hours will be held at the Tupper Lake Christian Center in Tupper Lake, NY on November 22, from 1:00PM to 3:00PM with a service immediately following officiated by Pastor Dave Boyea.
Online condolences may be made to www.fraryfuneralhome.com