Regis J. Ferruzza, 1938-2021
Regis J. Ferruzza, formerly of Bethel Park, PA and Washington D.C., and had been currently residing in Carnegie, PA., passed away suddenly on January 26th, 2021, at the age of 82. He was the son of the late Joseph J. Ferruzza and Evrea (Deluca) Ferruzza. He is survived by brother Joseph T. Ferruzza and sister Arlene J. Ferruzza. He is also survived by nephew Gene Ferruzza and nieces Tina (Ferruzza) Hannigan and Lisa (Ferruzza) Rauch, grand nephews, Joe, Sam and Jerret and grand nieces Gina, Joelle, Danielle, Jamie, Deanna and Abigail. Along with ten great grand nephews and nieces. Mr. Ferruzza began his professional career as a Barber in his dad's shop. He left the shop to become a professional musician. In 1963, Regis became the first ever, Classical Guitar Soloist to play with the United States Army Band and performed at the White House with the Army Band special entertainment group called the "Strolling Strings". He had the honor of entertaining at several State Affairs under three U. S. Presidents, those being Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Mr. Ferrussa was for many years, beginning in 1973, an adjunct professor of music at American, George Mason and George Washington Universities. During this time, he developed a unique approach to Classical Guitar technique, that brought him many students from around the country. During the late 1970's, Mr. Ferruzza joined the Visiting Artist Program sponsored by the North Carolina Cultural Department, where his talents as a performer and communicator, made him a popular member of the program. Beginning in 1993, Mr. Ferruzza and fellow producer, Tim Healy, organized the "John E. Marlow Guitar Concert Series", to memorialie the name of their mutual friend. This series brought many known names of the Classical Guitar Concert Stage to the D.C. area., He worked tirelessly to promote the Classical Guitar and it's value as a solo instrument til the day he retired, and returned to the Pittsburgh area. Regis Ferruzza will long be remembered as a person who cared about his fellow man with an abounding compassion and for his contribution and dedication to the recognitiion of the Classical Guitar as a legitimate instrument of the Concert Stage. Arrangements handled by the David J. Henney Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at a later date. www.davidhenneyfuneralhome.com
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