Emerich (Rick) Rudolph, former resident
Emerich “Rick” Charles Rudolph, Jr. of Fort Pierce, Fla., a longtime Ridgefield homebuilder who had been active in youth sports, died on June 15, surrounded by family and friends. He was 90.
Born in the Bronx, N.Y., on July 13, 1926, to the late Emerich Sr. and Lillian Rudolph, he and his wife Dorothy raised their children, Rick, Donna and Steve, in Ridgefield before moving to New Hampshire, and then Florida for retirement. He had built many houses in Ridgefield during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Rudolph had been active in many local organizations, especially those involved in youth sports. He coached Little League teams and was responsible for building many of the Little League dugouts. He was also active in Pop Warner football, was an early leader in the Fathers Club, belonged to the Lions Club, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
“The type of work this fellow does is not one which focuses much attention on himself, but among the workers in each of the organizations, he is readily recognized as a doer, and not a talker,” said Frank Lancaster in a 1971 tribute to Rudolph. “We have the greatest admiration for him, and the many like him, who are willing to tackle any task to help.”
He is survived by his children Rick and wife Mary Beth of New Hampshire; Donna and her husband Bruce of Colorado; and grandchildren, Jessica and Tyler, and friend Marion Rooney of Vermont. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy and son Steve.
Memorial contributions may be made to VNA and Hospice Foundation,1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, Fla., 32960.