D. James Rudack

January 1, 1924February 16, 2011

RUDACK, D. James – D. James Rudack passed at his winter home in Fountain Hills on Feb. 16, 2011. Jim is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Jamie (Ruth Anne), Janice (Tom) and Deborah (Larry); grandchildren, Hollis and Jeremy Rudack, Tegan and Corey Benoit and Tyler Cubitt; and nine great grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Madelaine, in 1993 and his sister, Wasalyna Marfey, in 2008. Jim grew up on the family farm in Whitby, Ontario and completed his university education at Tri State College in Angola, Ind. As a young civil engineer, Jim grew in his profession with positions in Noranda, Quebec on the Dew Line Project in the High Arctic, Montreal and Sudbury. In 1957, the family moved to Sault St. Marie for Jim to work with the Foundation Company at Mannesman Tube. The Soo was to become their home. Jim commuted to projects in the northern United States and Australia before being lured closer to home with the opportunity to oversee construction for the reactivation of Rio Algams Quirke 2 Panel and Stanleigh Mines in Elliot Lake, Ontario and their new tin mine in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. In 1990, Jim became president of the City of Sault St. Marie Economic Development Commission. He retired in 1993. Over the years, Jim mentored many young people as they traveled down their own life paths. In retirement, he continued to keep in contact with colleagues from his work years and kept up to date on new projects as they reminisced about times together. Jim was a member of the Sault St. Marie Oriental Band, the Masonic Order for 52 years and an active member of the Rotary clubs in Sault St. Marie and Fountain Hills for 50 years. There will be a celebration of Jim’s life on Thursday, April 12, at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m. A celebration will be held May 19 in Sault St. Marie. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations can be made to the Rotary International Foundation.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 19, 2011
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 19, 2011

D. James Rudack

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Issy & Kathryn Pfeffer

May 19, 2011

My dear friend Deborah, Lorri, Dorothy and Rudack families - It was with great sorrow that Issy and I learned of Jim's passing. We will miss him in Arizona. We will miss him as a great friend, mentor and debater.
We are sorry that we can not attend today in the Soo but, know that we are with you in spirit.
Condolences to the Rudack families.

Jan Forman

May 17, 2011

My deepest sympathy to your family. Please know that you are being thought of at this time

May 17, 2011

Dear James,Ruth Anne&family - Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad. He was a man who lived life to the fullest and so loved his family. We remember well those days in the Soo. Our love and prayers go with you and may he rest in peace. We will offer our mass here in Ottawa. May Our Lord console each one of you in your loss.

Marlene (Polychuk) Tabaczuk

May 16, 2011

Jim was amazing and full of life. I had the pleasure of working with Jim in his tenure as CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. He was my mentor for a brief period and friend. I am saddened at your loss. My sincere condolences to wife Dorothy and children Jamie, Janice and Deborah and families.

Roland Poser

May 14, 2011

Jim was one of the nicest people I met and I am very sorry he passed away. Jim was Project Manager for Foundation Company, when we built Mannesmann Tube 1956 to 1958. I was very fortunate to serve as his Resident Engineer for this Job. During this time, Jim was always a good friend to me. He also gave my Son Wyatt his first job opportunity as a Contract Administrator at the Stanleigh Mine project in Elliot Lake which he was very grateful. I am sorry, I will not be able to attend the Celebration of Jims Life but he always will be on my mind. Enclosed is a picture of Jim during the construction of the Tube Mill