Norwood Joseph “Bubba” Ruiz was a man with an extravagant, caring heart. He loved his wife of 58 years, Bennette Ann Bos, with a rare passion. He loved his four sons, Christopher, Gregory, Daniel and Donald with great generosity and a desire to equip them to succeed in the world.
Born March 1st, 1931 to Norwood Joseph Ruiz, Senior and Margaret Elizabeth Knust in Galveston, Bubba grew up to resemble the city of his birth. He learned early to rise to any challenge, to be determined and to never take failure as final. He had two doting sisters, Dorothy and Margaret (Tiny), who taught him how to behave.
Bubba enjoyed his early school years at Saint Patrick’s Catholic School and Kirwin High School. Not long after graduating high school, Bubba met the girl he would spend the rest of his life loving, Bennette. After their wedding on October 27th of 1953, Bubba and a few of his best friends joined the Air Force spending time in post-World War II France. After returning, home he enrolled in Texas A and M University where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. His career began at Monsanto and led him to attend law school at South Texas School of Law in Houston. After passing the Bar, the family moved to Saint Croix, Virgin Islands where Bubba was the Personnel Director for Hess Oil. But Galveston was always home to the Ruiz family so they returned home and Bubba opened a private practice serving Galveston County. He had an adventurous career practicing law which included serving two terms as a Galveston City Councilman in the 1970s. Bubba never fully retired from his practice and was handling mediation and arbitration cases until 2010. Galveston was his town and he was proud of it. He knew every corner of it and every story to be told about each street or building. To him, Galveston was the best place on earth to call home.
Bubba was the proud grandfather of Victoria Leeann and Eric James Ruiz of League City, Mary Hannah, Lilly Elizabeth, and Isaac Christopher Ruiz of Austin, and Anthony Joseph Ruiz of Portland, Maine. He was a loving father-in-law to Karen Shaw Ruiz and Melissa Samples-Ruiz welcoming them into the family as daughters. He cherished his extended family members and lifelong friends of which there are many. Bubba snuck out of this life to rejoin his sweetheart, Bennette, on January 16th, 2013. He leaves behind a legacy that his sons and their families will treasure.
Bubba’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Monday, January 21st, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am, Tuesday, January 22nd, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father EJ Stein as Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Bubba and Bennette Ruiz were life-long supporters of Catholic Charities. The family asks that in lieu of floral tributes, any donations be made to either this organization or to Wounded Warriors which supports our returning military heroes.