Tom Ruffino Passes From Kidney Disease Complications
July 1, 2010 at 8:52 AM (PT)
Condolences to the family and friends of former WARNER BROS. executive TOM RUFFINO, who died JUNE 25th due to complications from kidney disease. He was 70.
BILLBOARD.BIZ reports, "RUFFINO, who was born in BUFFALO, N.Y., and served in the U.S. Army during the early '60s, worked at WARNER BROS. for three decades, retiring in 1999. He joined the label's international department in 1969, after stints with COLUMBIA RECORDS Productions, a disc manufacturer and Liberty Records. He eventually became senior VP of international at Warner Bros., heading the department until his retirement.
"I always regarded Tom as the dean of international music men, both within and outside the WARNER MUSIC GROUP," SIRE RECORDS founder SEYMOUR STEIN wrote in an e-mail he sent to friends and former colleagues. "Believe me, I knew many-good and bad-but TOM RUFFINO towered above all of them."
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the PKD FOUNDATION to benefit polycystic kidney disease research.