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 Stewart Paul Rudnicki


It is with enormous sadness that we announce the death of Stewart Paul Rudnicki. Stewart passed away after a tragic accident at his home on April 2, 2019. He was known for his adventurous spirit, his insatiable curiosity, his passion for science, and for his love and devotion to his family.

Stewart was born September 2, 1973, in Brattleboro, VT, and grew up in Hinsdale, NH. He was raised in a small, tight-knit community, where he was well-known and loved. Stewart was an honor student who loved exploring the woods and playing soccer and basketball. While in high school, Stewart worked at the Price Chopper, stocking shelves. He would often bike to and from work, five miles each way.

Stewart made many dear friends while attending Tufts University, where he received a BA in English Writing and a BS in Biology. His passion for science brought him to the biomedical field, first as a researcher with Organogenesis, and then at Sequitur, Inc. He knew he had found his dream job at Harvard Medical School when the interviewing team actually high-fived him during the interview.

Stewart created a rich team of friends and coworkers in his seventeen years as Lab Manager at the ICCB-L screening facility. But his work at HMS provided a better benefit than he could ever have imagined; it was through his job that he met and worked alongside the love of his life, Katrina.

Katrina and Stewart married September 8, 2007, on Great Diamond Island in Portland, Maine. They shared a love for adventure, and traveled together to New Zealand, Fiji, Aruba, and Hawai’i, as well as up and down the east and west coasts. They settled in Ipswich, but spent much of their free time working on the family cottage on Great Diamond Island.

Stewart was a devoted father to his two children, Owen and Arya. Owen and Stewart shared a passion for exploration, and went on numerous hiking, climbing, and metal detecting adventures together. Stewart was also a dedicated “Dance Dad,” attending Arya’s recitals and cheering her on through marathon dance competitions, often lasting entire days.

Aside from his family, Stewart’s other great love was boating. He started boating at a very young age, and would take his family and friends on boating adventures between the islands of Casco Bay. He and Katrina would sail down the coast of Maine, or pile the kids in the motorboat and venture out in search of the next great lobster roll.
In addition to boating, Stewart will be remembered by many for his love of tinkering and gadgets, exploring nature, and playing games with relatives and friends. (He was a particularly formidable Canfield opponent, and will be sorely missed by all at the table.)

Stewart is survived by his wife, Katrina Schulberg Rudnicki, and children, Owen and Arya Rudnicki, of Ipswich; parents, Paul and Karen Rudnicki, of Rochester, NH; sister and brother-in-law, Kate and Jonathan Hill, and their children, Meghan, Maxim, Kyla, and Keenan Hill, of Dover, NH; and parents-in-law, Rick and Patricia Schulberg, of Salem, OR. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and their families, Greg Schulberg and Ellen Wardell of Pendleton, OR; Jeff and Suzie Schulberg of Honolulu, HI; and Chris Schulberg and Andrea Mezeske of Salem, OR. He is missed greatly by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, as well as close friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday May 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Plum Island Town Hall, 8 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury MA. Family and friends are cordially welcomed. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to The Stewart Rudnicki Memorial Fund




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