Tollie Fudge Retired engineer

July 13, 1993

Tollie Fudge, an operating engineer for 30 years for Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Thursday of lung cancer at the Dallas Medical Center in Dallas. He was 72.

Mr. Fudge retired in 1986 from Austin Industries in Texas as a heavy equipment manager.

Born and reared in Hamlin, Texas, Mr. Fudge moved to Baltimore in the mid-1940s. He married the former Frances Rybak in 1945. They lived in Lutherville for 35 years before moving to Dallas eight years ago.

During World War II, he served in the Navy Seabees, the construction arm of the Navy, and later was an aviation cadet while attending Dartmouth and Yale universities.

After his retirement, he worked as the senior golf consultant for Pro Golf of Maryland, a retail store in Severna Park owned and operated by his sons. An avid golfer, Mr. Fudge helped his sons establish the business about three years ago.

For about six years he was an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Dallas, helping to build and repair houses in low-income neighborhoods. A fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and member of the Knights of Columbus Color Guard, he was a past Grand Knight of the Father O'Neill Council in Lutherville. He was the secretary of Local 37 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

He also is survived by three sons, David Fudge of San Francisco and Ronald and Gregory Fudge of Severna Park; a daughter, Cynthia Fudge of Severna Park; two brothers, Sterling Fudge and Billy Fudge of Texas;a sister, Eula Chase of Texas; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in the Texas section of Cockeysville.

NB The family suggested donations to the American Cancer Society.

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