A final goodbye to a former Broome County Sheriff

By Jillian Marshall

January 25, 2014 Updated Jan 25, 2014 at 8:57 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Family, friends and co-workers said their final goodbyes to the former Broome County Sheriff Anthony Ruffo on Saturday.

People gathered inside the Parish of Saints John and Andrew for Anthony "Tony" Ruffo's funeral.

Ruffo became Broome County Sheriff in 1980 and served for ten years. Before that he was a Binghamton police officer for 30 years and served in the Army during World War II.

"He was a real good guy. He really liked his uniforms. He was always in the service, but he was really serious about it," said Ruffo's sister-in-law Charlene Lasky, of Binghamton.

Friends and family said he was a family man at heart and will be greatly missed.

"He was a family person. He loved everyone, he cared about everybody. Besides being a sheriff, he was a sheriff at home too. He kept an eye on everybody. He was a great man, he will be missed," said Angelo Belnome, of Binghamton.

Ruffo passed away earlier this week.

Family members said he was battling Alzheimer's at the time of his death.

He will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Johnson City.