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Ruane funeral set for tomorrow

Posted by James Reed  October 29, 2010 05:57 PM

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(Photo courtesy of Wayne Viens.)

Ahead of Billy Ruane's funeral service tomorrow and a memorial gathering afterward at the Middle East in Cambridge (starting at 8 p.m.), testimonials are still pouring in. Juliana Hatfield remembers the last time she saw her old friend:

"I had just eaten dinner at Hungry Mother with some of my family. We were paying the bill and finishing up our desserts when Billy came into the room with a rush of energy, trenchcoat flapping open. He was just stopping in on his way from somewhere to somewhere else. We made room for him at our table and he sat with us for a short while, speed-talking, laughing in those distinctive loud, percussive bursts (can't you hear his laugh now?). And then when it was time to go he insisted on leaving a big wad of cash for our waitress, though he hadn't eaten or drunk anything, and we had already left a tip. We told Billy we'd figured 20% in for the waitress but he absolutely insisted on leaving an extra bunch of money for her. I have no idea how much money it was but it was more than a little. This is just one of endless examples of Billy's generosity."

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