Rev. Gerald P. Ruane Obituary

Obits for Life
February 24, 2016

Rev. Gerald P. Ruane, 81, of Brick, New Jersey, passed away on August 15, 2015, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. Rev. Ruane was ordained a Priest of the Archdiocese of Newark in 1960. He was a Priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, West Orange, N.J., Pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Westfield, N.J., Professor and Chaplain at Caldwell College, Caldwell, N.J., and Director and Founder of the Sacred Heart Institute in Caldwell, N.J., until his retirement in 2004.

Gerald was much more than a priest. He lived a dynamic life. He was a gifted speaker and author of many books. With a love for travel, he often led spiritual retreats to Rome, the Holy Land, and Medjugorie. His abundant love for family and friends was evident through frequent visits and gatherings for meals, prayers, masses and intriguing conversation. He was well known and loved for his various inspirational Community and Fellowship work - most recently with Alcoholics Anonymous. He generously shared his spirit, time, witty sense of humor, and counsel, all of which will never to be forgotten.

He is predeceased by his parents, Gerald J. and Winifred Ruane and brother, John J. Ruane.

He is survived by his loving siblings, Marie Toohey, Ann Ruane Minton, Elenore Manger, Donald Ruane and many nieces and nephews.

Services and burial will be held in the privacy of his family and friends. Arrangements are by Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Ave., Roseland, N.J. Memories and condolences may be shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St Catherine of Siena, Community Health Center

Sisters of Saint Dominic. 7 Ryerson Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006.








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