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May 22, 1917 - October 9, 2018
Walt was born on Parsons Lane in Port Norris in 1917. After graduating from Port Norris High School in 1936, he attended business school. In 1939, he took over an Esso Gas Station on the corner of Main Street and Memorial Avenue in Port Norris. In 1949, Walt expanded his business, starting the town’s first television sales and service business, Esso TV Service. In 1961, he sold the station, but continued to do television repair work, making housecalls until his retirement in 1985.
Walt was happily married his wife Katherine for 53 years, until her passing in 2005. They have three daughters.
Walt takes great pride in his role as a business owner in Port Norris. His business survived through the town's leanest years after the collapse of the oyster industry in the 1950's. He remains active, collecting and repairing pocket watches and clocks.
On November 21, 2010, Walt Rudolph was recognized as a Living Legend of Port Norris.
Source: Walt Rudolph
Walt presented with his Living Legends Award by his daughters.
WALTER B. RUDOLPH 101, of Port Norris passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Tuesday October 9, 2018. He was the son of the late Walter P. and Margaret Griffith Rudolph and the husband of the late Catherine M. Rudolph. He was born and raised and a lifelong resident of Port Norris, also a graduate of Port Norris High School.
Walt operated the Esso Station in Port Norris for 20 years, he also had a television/air conditioning sales & service business. He enjoyed watching auto racing and repairing watches and clocks.
He received the Living Legends award from the Port Norris Historical Society on November 21, 2010 for his service to the community.
Surviving are his daughters, Walda Taylor, Sharon Sutton (Clyde), and Brenda Holding (Tom), grandchildren, Allison Holding, Lauren Holding, Terri Lynn Catlett, and William Catlett, great grandchildren, Amanda Ramos & William Ramos. In addition to Catherine he was predeceased by his first wife Rebecca A. Rudolph, brothers Oscar and Robert Rudolph.
Funeral Services will be held at the Hoffman Funeral Homes 2507 High Street Port Norris, NJ on Saturday October 13, 2018 at 12:00 noon. Interment will be in Haleyville Cemetery. A viewing will be held Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 prior to the service.
Just found out that Walter Rudolph had passed away. He was an asset to his community, and he was loved by his family. Our prayers are with Sharon, Brenda, Walda and their entire expanded families. May God bless and comfort you all.
Eileen and Gary Jones
Our deepest sympathy to the entire Rudolph Family in the loss of Walt. I have many good memories of his conversations with Sam and Marie in our family store. My Aunt Edith Hickman always praised him as the "best ever" dad. He really was a true Port Norris legend.May God bless and comfort you all.
Carole (Cobb) & Jim Robbins
Sharon, I can remember your father coming to our in the evening to fix our TV. He sure was special. Just know that you and your family are in my prayers.