Colleagues pay tribute to Tony Rudell after stroke claims his life.
Rudell the Jewellers chairman Tony Rudell died suddenly last week after suffering a stroke at his home in Edgbaston on Thursday morning.
Rudell, who was aged 64 at the time of his death, was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Selly Oak but died on Friday after failing to regain consciousness. Rudell had suffered a stroke two weeks previous to this but had been recovering well according to his PA Fliss Durnall.
The jewellery boss’s funeral was held on Sunday at Birmingham Jewish Cemetery on Sunday and was attended by hundreds of friends, family and colleagues, including his wife Patricia Rudell.
Rudell has worked in the jewellery trade since 1966 when he joined the family business aged 20. He has been credited with successfully running the retailer’s shop in Wolverhampton, which is located on the city’s Darlington Street.
Although Rudell had no firm retirement plans in place, the business had been preparing for him to take a less active role in the day-to-day running of the store and last year appointed Jon Weston as managing director. Talking of the passing of Rudell, Weston said: "To say that he will be greatly missed does not adequately cover the huge loss that so many of us will feel. I have lost a very, very close friend. Roundy has been like a second father to me, I will continue his wishes of ‘the show must go on’ and practice the great things he has taught me over the last 22 years."
Durnall confirmed Weston’s view of Rudell as an eternally optimistic and energetic man who right up until his death was planning foreign business trips and had been hoping to spend more time at his second home in America. Durnall said that the company will continue to run as before and added that the team is wholeheartedly embracing the jewellery boss’s positive philosophy on life.
Rudell was also a founding director of jewellery and watch buying group Houlden after joining forces with fellow directors Stuart Laing and Peter Lunn in 1976. Houlden finance director Helen Haddow described Rudell as a having a huge impact on the organisation.
As well as his work in the jewellery trade, Rudell was a keen supporter of charities and during his life dedicated much of his time to raising funds for organisations including Cure Lukemia and the Variety Club.
Rudell the Jewellers has been trading in the Midlands since 1938. The business has shops in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
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