Several hundred Contra Costa Sheriffs Deputies, residents, and even elected officials attended last week’s memorial service to honor the memory of late Sheriff Warren Rupf.
Rupf, 69, passed away earlier this month after losing a battle with leukemia. The Mercury News reported many guests appeared to be as shocked as they were saddened. Sheriff Warren Rupf, they said, passed away quickly and unexpectedly. A number of mourners said they had been unaware Rupf had been ill until late July.
Rupf led the Contra Costa Sheriffs Department for almost 20 years. He announced his pending retirement in mid 2011 but did not officially step down until Jan. 2012. It is currently unclear if he left his post due to knowledge of his illness.
The service lasted approximately two hours. Attendees seemed to take some solace in recollecting a number of fond memories, many of which had people bursting out in fits of laughter. A favorite story came in the form of the day his grandson asked whether he should join the Army or the Marines. Rupf replied, asking if the boy wanted to be a Girl Scout or a Boy Scout.
The Contra Costa Sheriffs said Rupf was a man known for his integrity, leadership, and fairness. His memory, they said, will not be forgotten.