Rudy Ungaro

Peace came to Rudy early morning November 5th. It was a long journey home. His sparkle, wit and humour will be forever missed.

Born in Michel, BC, in 1925.

Rudy was predeceased by his cherished wife of 58 years, Joyce. As well as his sister Evelyn, brother Wayne and son Gary.

Rudy is survived by his children Jim (Del), Randy (Laura), Jeannine, and Janice, along with his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A World War II veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, Rudy fought in the unrelenting Battle of the Atlantic. Following his discharge Rudy joined his family in Vernon. His mother asked the Overwaitea manager Arnold Cherry, “Would you give my son a job?” There he “donned the green apron” the beginning of a long and exciting career with Overwaitea.

Moving quickly up the ranks, he was appointed senior clerk and transferred to Chilliwack. And it was there, at a dance, he looked across the room and spotted a lovely lass named Joyce. Rudy was smitten. They were married in 1952. Rudy was promoted to manager and immediately transferred to Salmo. Campbell River followed as did White Rock, back to Chilliwack, then Trail and Parksville. A promotion to head office brought the family to Maple Ridge in 1973. Rudy retired after 35 faithful years with the company. That is when he and Joyce began their travel adventures.

He was an avid curler and lawn bowler, strived to be “the great golfer” and loved a good fishing trip. Later in life he became a volleyballer down at The Happy Wanderer, Rudy and Joyce’s Indio desert paradise for 30 years. They loved it there, making many very dear friends. Rudy lived a good life. A happy life.

The family want to express their deepest gratitude to the staff up on Webster’s Corner at Baillie House. They showed incredible compassion, and put up with Rudy’s antics in the early days…and there were many.

The family also want to thank Veterans Affairs Canada for maintaining their stellar commitment in caring for their WWII vets. And special thanks to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #88 who will perform the honour guard at the service.

Thanks as well to Dr. Danny Wong, Haney Presbyterian Church, Rev. Gerard Booy and Rev. Dorne Cornish for their incredible support.

Rudy was truly a charismatic guy. Everybody has a great Rudy story. What better legacy than that?

Celebration of Life
Please join us to celebrate his life on Saturday November 28th, 11:00am at Haney Presbyterian Church. 11858 216th St. Maple Ridge. Expressions may be left at below.

In lieu of flowers please consider The Alzheimer Society of Canada.
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Contact information:

Garden Hill Cremation and Funeral Services, 11765-224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A5, Canada - Phone: (604) 463-8161 Fax: 604-463-2929 Email:

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  1. http://Lynne%20Laird

    What an entertaining man, I had many a great visits on his travels through that Cariboo and spent many hour with him when our store burnt down in Williams Lake going through the loss and logging the equipment etc, Rest in peace Rudy, enjoy your new happy place Lynne

  2. http://Wally%20and%20Dorothy%20Russell

    Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss.

  3. http://Ron%20&%20Diana%20Olmstead

    So sorry for your loss. Rudy was a great person to know. Our thoughts & prayers go out to your family.
    Ron & Diana

  4. http://Larry%20&%20Kathy%20Rezansoff

    We were saddened to hear about Rudy’s death. We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Both Larry and I worked for Rudy in the Parksville Overwaitea and we both admired and respected him. He was a great boss and was at our wedding in ’71 to give a toast — something about an older bull telling a younger bull what to do with the herd of cows! 🙂
    When I think of Rudy, I see his smile, I can hear his laugh…..and I can see him pushing customers buggies up to the tills on his curling nights in particular — AFTER having announced, “Time folks. Time”.
    He will be missed.

  5. http://Eric%20Ottahal

    Rudy was on of the “All time Overwaitea Classics”. He loved to laugh and I’m sure a lot of people have a “Rudy” story, he was renowned for being thrifty???
    One story I’d like to share:
    I had just been transferred to Parksville as produce manager and took great pride in my work making sure we only displayed to best for our customers. I’d set up the produce rack and display tables and then go have coffee and a cake do-nut at the in-store coffee and do-nut counter. (some may remember). Rudy had a small piece of property at the edge of town where he kept a horse, Trigger I think was his name. Well after I finished set-up in the morning Rudy would,,,,,again cull the produce rack for questionable product and box up all the trim for his horse. Sometimes he’d need or want a little bit more. One morning, before I got started doing my job Rudy came up to me and said, “Eric,,, you have to be more careful of what you put in the produce trim boxes. I had to pull a blue twistem out of my horses butt yesterday!”.
    Everyone who knew Rudy had only the best to say about him and he will be missed and thought of by all who knew him for a long time. I think he had a good life, rest well now Rudy.
    Sorry that I’m unable to attend the service.

  6. http://Rose%20Nobile(Cahill)

    Thoughts are with you Janice and your family

  7. http://Jim%20and%20Edie%20Arruda

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. Loosing a loved one is never easy, but do remember, you have many special memories that you can treasure forever and will be with you forever. I met Rudy while I was working for Overwaitea in Maple Ridge. I still remember the annual “Boys Fishing Trips” that we used to go on with Rudy. Special they were! Rest in Peace, Rudy.

  8. http://Rosanna,%20Anna,%20Marcella,%20Robert%20&%20Stella%20Ungaro

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad, when he was in Fernie doing his Overwaitea rounds he would always come to see us. If you are ever here in the area please look us up and we will as well.

    Rosanna Anselmo (Ungaro) and family.

  9. http://Leah%20Perrett

    Rudy was one of a kind. It was always a lot of fun being around him. Sending heartfelt condolences to all of his family.

  10. http://Gerry%20Derkatch

    Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your father Rudy. Rudy will be remembered as a great overwaitea ambassador.

  11. http://Linda%20Scott

    I’m sorry for your loss. I remember dad telling “Rudy ” stories . He sure made dad laugh! Thinking about all of you with love and prayers. XO Linda Scott ( Townsend)

  12. http://clarence%20heppell

    Sorry I will not be able to attend your dad’s memorial but my thoughts and prayers will be with you Rudy was a colorful guy with personality to spare and one couldn’t be in his presence without coming away with a good laugh One story I will never forget is when he went on his first trip as a district manager to FT St John in the middle of winter and he showed with white oxfords. Can you imagine what the locals thought when this guy got off the plane He was a great man to work with and will be missed by all

  13. http://Sandy%20Townsend

    We certainly know how hard it is to loose your dad. Our thoughts are with you all. Hugs, Sandy

  14. http://Fred%20Downey

    Truly one of the character people at Overwaitea over the years.
    Condolences to all family members.
    We can hope he is finally at rest after a long, long battle.

  15. http://Paul%20and%20Clara%20Alati%20and%20family

    Jim, Randy, Jeannine and Janice,
    Our deepest condolences to you all. Your father’s humour, wit and zest for life will be a part of the fond memories that will remain with us. We count ourselves among the fortunate to have known him.

  16. http://Steve%20Heggie

    I was very sad to here that Rudy had passed away after his long battle. It is very difficult to put into words how you really feel when you loose someone that has made an impression in your life. I was just a young kid when I first met Rudy in the Campbell River store. I had just started with the company and was asked to help with the reline of the store with Rudy and his crew. Rudy was so kind to me and always had a smile on his face and a joke for every situation. That was such a memorable experience as a young person starting a new job and getting to meet a man like Rudy who made such a positive impression. I remember lunch time and Rudy always said “Lets get some soup”……….Well Rudy I hope your Golfing,Lawn Bowling and smiling down on us…….Condolence’s to the family Rudy was a great man……

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