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“I drove many times passing the crossing to pick up my son from Williams. And every time I saw Mr. Rudek attentively and seriously doing his duty. ...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: ally ZHU - Newton Lower Falls, MA

“Dear Sue and Family, I will always treasure myfriendship with you and John when Buster was alive and we enjoyed our last New Years Eve with him at...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Mary Hagaman - West Newton, MA

“I spent many hours with John, listening, talking, and praying. May his soul rest in the peace of the Lord. Pastor Kohl ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: George Kohl - Worcester, MA

“Our prayers and condolences for you in the loss of John.May you know your true comfort and strength will come from God and he will help you have...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Karen and Mark Conley - Uxbridge, MA

“Remembering my dear friend and coworker at the Newton PD. I will miss your funny jokes, laughter, and morning drive byes as we went to cross the...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Angela Foley - Newton, MA

“Thank you for your hard work as a crossing guard for Williams Elementary school. I loved the greetings you gave me every morning and how you always...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Elise Popovic - Newton, MA

“Thank you for being the crossing guard for over 30 years and helping the cars stop for us (Including me) so we could cross the street, and I like the...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Daniel Popovic - Newton, MA

“Dear Susan and Family. I would like to thank you so much for sharing John with us as our crossing guard for so many years. My name is Chad and our...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Chad Maguire - Auburndale


West Newton— Mr. John D. Rudek, of West Newton, died in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on May 28, 2022. He was 80 years old.

John was born in Chicopee on May 15, 1942, the son of the late John W. and Claire (Millette) Rudek. He was a graduate of Chicopee High School and he continued his studies at the Boston School of Mechanical Dentistry. He had owned and operated J.D. Rudek Dental Laboratory in Wellesley and later in Newton where he enjoyed a successful career as a dental lab technician until his retirement. John also had served with the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

John also worked as a beloved crossing guard for generations of schoolchildren in the City of Newton for more than 30 years; it was a job and pastime he truly loved. He knew the children by name and was affectionately called "Officer John" by the students of Williams Elementary School as he helped them safely navigate the intersection of Grove Street and Woodland Road. In sunshine, rain, wind or snow he loved greeting the children at the beginning and end of each school day.

In addition to his kind nature and willingness to help anyone, he was also known for being a reliable handyman who could assist with any task. From completing small projects around the house to clipping coupons to maintaining a meticulous tomato garden, he always finished the job with a smile. He was wonderful cook, enjoyed watching the New England Patriots, dancing with his wife, and especially loved the outdoors. He spent happy days vacationing in Aruba and Bermuda, and fishing with his wife and stepson at Hale Reservation in Westwood. He appreciated everything nature had to offer. He could be seen feeding curious squirrels in the yard and the ducks in the Charles River, and also enjoyed bird watching.

In addition to his beloved wife of thirty-one years, Susan J. (Sbardelli) Rudek, he leaves his children, David J. Rudek of Hyannis and Nadine C. Rudek-Kelly of Berkley; his step-children, Nicole T. Thibeault of Merrimac and Brian D. Thibeault of Oceanside, California; and five grandchildren.

Family and friends will honor John's life by gathering for a calling hour on Thursday, June 2nd from 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington Street, Newton followed by his funeral Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Chicopee.