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Industry mourns small-boat sailor

Dr. Leonard K. Ruby, a surgeon and prize-winning small-boat sailor, died Oct. 3.

Ruby, 70, of Falmouth, Mass., won the El Toro Nationals at age 17 in 1959. He won the Sunfish North Americans in 1982 and sailed for the United States in the 1985 Maccabiah Games.

Ruby established the orthopedic hand surgery division at the Tufts-New England Medical Center and was involved in pioneering efforts to reattach severed fingers and enjoyed a long career in both surgery and in teaching medical students at Tufts Medical School as a full professor.

Ruby was president of the International Sunfish Class Association in 1992-1993. He was an avid marksman and belonged to both the Falmouth Rod and Gun Club and the National Rifle Association. However, sailing was his true love and hardly a day went by when he was not out on his Sunfish in Waquoit Bay despite the onset of Parkinson's disease. He was sailing on the day he died.

Ruby’s funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home on Route 151 in Mashpee. Interment will follow at the National Cemetery in Bourne. Shivah will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ruby residence at 31 Whistler Way in Waquoit.

Ruby is survived by his wife, Marge Ruby, his children Brian Ruby, Abigail Ruby; Rebecca and her husband, Chris Anzidei, and his grandchildren Vincent, Helen and Timothy Anzidei; and by his brother, David Ruby, and his sister Beth Pollock, and their families.

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