Peter Paul Ruddy

Date of Death: 
Friday, January 13, 2023

Peter Paul Ruddy, 63, passed away on January 13, 2023. Loving father of John, Clare and the late Peter, and former spouse of Susan McNally. Dearest brother of Mary (Terry) Unwin; Bernadette (Anthony) Sullivan; Michael (Nicky) Flynn; and Anne Ruddy, all of England. Fond cousin and uncle of many. Peter was also preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Winifred "Una" (nee Flynn) Ruddy of Clare Island, Ireland.

Born in Coventry, England, Peter became captivated by America as a young man after listening to stories told by his Irish uncle who worked in the U.S. Peter relocated to the US as an adult to marry and eventually became a US citizen. He started his career as a buyer with Rolls Royce Aerospace in Ansty, England and held several supply chain roles in the Chicago area. He also served as a lector at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, St. Juliana Catholic Church in Chicago’s Edison Park, and Assumption Church in downtown Chicago. He loved a good laugh, and he had an affinity with other immigrants, whose homeland he was able to identify without fail. His children were his pride and joy, and he had a special place in his heart for Clare Island.

A special thank you to Unity Hospice and the staff at the Carlton at the Lake for their kind and compassionate care.

On Saturday, January 21, 2023, Visitation will be from 10-11 am, at St. James Catholic Church, 831 North Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004, immediately followed by an 11 am funeral Mass. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. James Catholic Parish, 820 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington. Heights, IL 60004. Funeral Information and condolences can be given at or 773-276-7800.