BRINY BREEZES — Paul William Ruopp of Briny Breezes and Brick, New Jersey, died on Feb. 22. He was 88.
Born on March 7, 1932, to Hans and Helen Ruopp in Roselle Park, New Jersey, Mr. Ruopp was a 1950 graduate of Roselle Park High School. There he was active in sports, Glee Club and All-State Chorus in 1949. After high school Mr. Ruopp attended Pace University and received a bachelor’s in business administration in 1954.
He was on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 in Boston. There he served as an accountant for the recreational funds for all New England units. After his Army service, he became a certified public accountant in 1959 and worked for KPMG Peat Marwick for several years, before becoming a partner there for 25 years. Mr. Ruopp was also a past president of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and remained active in the society throughout his life.
Mr. Ruopp was still an active CPA, attending professional development seminars up until last fall and continuing to do tax returns.
Mr. Ruopp and his family resided in Cranford, New Jersey, for more than 20 years and was active in First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Ruopp was an avid golfer and was fortunate enough to play some of the best courses in the country. He was also a Freemason and a member of Loyalty Lodge 33.
Shortly after retiring Mr. Ruopp and his wife, Joan, moved to Ocean Grove, New Jersey, year round. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Previously they had lived in a tent and a cottage before finally purchasing a home on Surf Avenue.
Mr. Ruopp was an Ocean Grove Usher. In 2008 the couple moved to Greenbriar in Brick, where he was the secretary for Greenbriar Golf Club.
Mr. Ruopp cherished his winters in Briny Breezes, where he was a TV show host and active in the town’s nondenominational church as the treasurer and a soloist in services on Sunday.
He will always be remembered for his bubbly personality and love for the kindness in mankind. If he ever ran into someone who was less than pleasant or enthusiastic about something, it was quite a shock to him.
Sometimes people would say that when Mr. Ruopp walked down the boardwalk he would have absolutely no problem striking up a conversation with total strangers. This could be true of anyplace he went, really.
Mr. Ruopp is predeceased by his wife and is survived by daughter Paula, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, son Andrew and his wife, Susanne, of Union, New Jersey, son Joshua and his wife, Christine Ruopp, also of Mechanicsburg, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, special friend Catherine Sheridan, and brothers Ronald H. and John A. Ruopp.
A memorial service will be held at a later date when pandemic restrictions ease.
— Obituary submitted by the family