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Retired CoCo Sheriff Warren Rupf passes away

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, August 9th, 2012 at 3:13 pm in Contra Costa County, Law enforcement.

Retired Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf

Retired Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf, the county’s own larger-than-life lawman, died earlier today after a two-month battle with a swift and deadly form of cancer.

Rupf told folks about his diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia in early July and predicted then his time could be short. Few might have imagined just how quickly the cancer would strike.

Warren’s wife, Carole, was at his side when he passed away at a Walnut Creek hospital.

Friends and family are working on the details of his memorial service and I’ll post information as soon as it is available.

Rest in peace, sheriff. We’ll miss you.

Read the Sheriff Department’s press release here.

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  • JAFO

    Wow, that was very quick! Sad. Much can be said about Sheriff Rupf’s over-sized personality, but no one with any knowledge of the many contributions he made to this county can ever question his loyalty and dedication to his country, the Marine Corps, his fellow citizens, and his law enforcement colleagues. He’ll be missed.

  • Arne Simonsen

    This is such sad news. Warren was a family friend and I was so honored when he asked if he could administer the Oath of Office to me when I was elected to the Antioch City Council in 2000 and again when I was reelected in 2004.

    I just wish that Warren could have enjoyed more of his retirement with his family. He was truly larger than life!

    Semper Fi Warren

  • JohnW

    Sad indeed. Fast-moving, just as he predicted. He was so dignified about it.

  • Elwood

    Man, that was quick.

    Too bad.

    He was a good guy.

  • Roger W

    Warren was a Great person, and a Great Sheriff.
    I knew Warren for over 18 years – What a Prince of a Man.”

    My Smpathies go out to Carol, Family, and Friends Of this GREAT Human Being

    SEMPER FI Brother.