Gregory B. Rudiger, age 57, passed away peacefully in his home on October 25, 2018. He is survived by his wife Lisa, son Stephen, daughter Rachel, grandchildren Stephen Jr. and Elizabeth. His father Jack (wife Betty), brother David (wife Emily), and uncle Jimmy. A mother and father-in-law, sisters and brothers-in-law and a myriad of nieces and nephews, along with a multitude of friends.
Greg looked at life through rose-colored glasses. He lived as if the glass was always full, with a sense of optimism and humor. He always had a joke to tell or made time to BS with anyone who would listen. You could count on Greg to pull something out of his truck he thought someone could use. When shrimp season came around you knew Greg would have coolers filled. He was always trying to make the world a happier place.
His greatest passion was providing for his family. His love for his wife, children and grandchildren never wavered as he spoke highly of them. He was always there for his immediate and extended family, doing what he could with his heart always in the right place.
Greg’s latest entrepreneurship was R&D Mechanical. He started young in the family sheet metal business E.B, Rudiger & Sons. He pursued that career his entire life. Greg was constantly trying to improve his knowledge about business, some people would call it wheeling and dealing. If he could not get the job done he knew somebody who could and was eager to make another business connection.
One of Greg’s favorite past times was playing guitar. He was self-taught and spent many an hour playing. He was always willing to share his guitar to anyone who wanted to learn how to play. I will dearly miss hearing him strum his guitar and singing along. I am thankful he passed on his ear for music to his daughter.
His love of being near and on the water began with fishing as a small boy. Passing on that tradition to his son who is now teaching his children. He enjoyed being on his cousin’s boat, “Tuna Fever” with his family, friends and business associates. And last, but not least, his 20-year run of volunteering as the water safety manager for Harborfest. His favorite part of the event was watching the work boats race.
Fair Winds and Following Seas my love.
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