In May, we said goodbye to our beloved friend and colleague, Gail Ruppe, who lost her battle with cancer Friday, May 11.
Over the years with Chesapeake Publishing, now APG Media of Chesapeake, she earned multiple sales awards. Customers would ask for her specifically because they knew she would see their account was handled with care and attention to detail.
“Gail and I started working together more than 25 years ago,” said Shore Monthly Publisher David Fike. “Since the first day I met her I was amazed by her energy and passion for everything in her life. Not only was she a fabulous salesperson she was a great person as well. Her energy was infectious and after a few minutes with her, you could not help but be uplifted and in better spirits. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten.”
Her enthusiasm extended into everything she did and was contagious. She loved and spoke fondly of her husband Jack, her son Tim, and her beagle. A loyal friend, she was always ready to lend a sympathetic ear. And if you were looking to have fun — she was your girl.
“Gail was one of the most effervescent personalities I’ve ever known,” wrote Angie Price, editor of the Record Observer and the Bay Times. “As an advertising representative, when she made a sale, big or small, you knew it because she would scream with excitement. She epitomized customer service and didn’t suffer fools gladly. She took pride in her work. If a job was worth doing, it was worth doing right.”
Her faith was strong, and she found comfort in it these past months spent fighting cancer. She maintained her positive outlook and belief that God had a plan and a purpose. Her strength was inspiring.
“Gail had a attitude that one could see in her smile,” said Betsy Griffin, advertising and marketing sales director for APG Media of Chesapeake. “She was always inspiring, refreshing and offered her own particular combination of mirth and poise in conversation. I will miss this dear friend and colleague. So grateful for the years our paths did cross.”
In addition to her love of family and God and her enthusiasm for work, Gail was an active and valued volunteer at many community organizations, notably the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, the Chesapeake Women’s Network, the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, and Grasonville Elementary School.
“Gail was the definition of classy,” said Shore Monthly Editor Katie Willis. “She made you feel like royalty whenever she was around--like you were the only person in the room--no matter who you were. I will miss her smiling face and charming ways, and I am comforted by the wonderful memories I have of working with her at APG Media of the Chesapeake. Rest easy, Gail. We will miss you.”