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Rudy Aaron


Rudolph Carroll “Rudy” Aaron, age 81, of Cambridge, died Tuesday afternoon, September 13, 2011 at his home.

Born on May 20, 1930 at Hoopers Island, Maryland, he was the son of the late Lloyd James Aaron and Ethel Bailey. Rudy moved to Cambridge with his mother and brother at the age of eleven, graduated from Cambridge High School – Class of 1947, got a job as a bagger at the age of seventeen at the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) on Race Street in Cambridge where he worked for thirty years, exemplifying the same qualities and values that have characterized all of his life’s work being loyalty, dedication and honesty.

On December 31, 1950 he married the former Patricia Lee “Pat” Collins.

Rudy’s life has been one of dedication to family, community and nation, a lifetime of public service beginning with his enlistment in the United States Navy in 1951 during the Korean War at the age of twenty-one. First Class Petty Officer Aaron served his nation with honor and distinction for sixteen years on active and reserve duty, being recalled to active status in 1961 to fly reconnaissance missions over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Rudy was a faithful member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Cambridge.

While raising a family, working full time at the A&P and part time with the Port of Cambridge, his love of community caused him to give what time he could to its affairs such as serving as an Elections Judge and Supervisor with the Dorchester County Board of Elections for nearly forty years, being appointed by five different Governor’s. Rudy remained active in the American Legion Post #91, the Cambridge Jaycees, Dorchester County Liquor Board, and the Veterans Recognition Committee.

Rudy was awarded Resolutions of Gratitude and Respect from the Dorchester County Board of License Commissioners on September 15, 2008.

Rudy had also been a waterman and avid hunter.

Rudy was well known for his endearing storytelling, great smile, kindness and laughter. No one was a stranger to Rudy.

Surviving besides his wife Pat of 60 years is a son Stephen L. Aaron, Sr. and his wife Judy of Cambridge, MD; a daughter Brenda L. Aaron-Johnson and her husband Chris of Laurel, DE; a brother Tony Lee Bailey and his wife Joyce of Hurlock, MD; three grandchildren Stephen L. Aaron, Jr., L. Hunter Aaron and Taylor R. Johnson; a step-granddaughter Kimberly L. Cooper and husband Kevin; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening, Sept. 16th at Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17th at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 205 Maryland Avenue, Cambridge, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Officiating at the service will be The Rev. Delmer Willey and The Rev. Fred Bahr. Military Honors and interment will follow at Dorchester Memorial Park

Pallbearers will be Steve Aaron, Sr., Stephen L. Aaron, Jr., Hunter Aaron, Tony Lee Bailey, Chris Johnson and Adrien Hansen.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Donald Jones, Dicky Lowry, Emerson Bramble, Charles “Wigs” Brohawn, Sr., and Allen Satterfield.

Expressions of sympathy may be made by either sending flowers or making memorial offerings to either the Veterans Recognition Committee, P.O. Box 143, Cambridge, MD or the Alzheimers Assoc., at 909 Progress Circle, Suite 400, Salisbury, MD 21804. *** please note that the Progress Circle address is the current/corrected address due to their office recently moving. ***

To view online condolences, please visit www.curran-bromwell.com

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Facts Born: May 20, 1930
Place of Birth: Hoopers Island, MD USA
Death: September 13, 2011

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Marian At this time you may be consumed with pain and anger, rightfully so, Just remember that God is near to You to give you comfort to lighten the load, He has provided a hope for all who died that there will be a ressurrection of all those in the memorial tombs they will hear his voice and come out John 5:28,29. (This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God. John 17:3) 10/20/2012 Priscilla & Jack McGlaughlin Our deepest sympathy go out to the family. 09/17/2011 Dot Bailey 09/16/2011 A sympathy card has been sent to the family of Rudy Aaron c/o Newcomb & Collins Funeral Home, P.A. funeral home. 09/16/2011 JIM AND DOT KUBISTA EXTENDING DEEP AND HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. LOVE JIM AND DOT KUBISTA 09/16/2011 T.Lee & Jeanette Dear Pat We are so sorry to read about Rudy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sadness. T. Lee and Jeanette Austin 09/16/2011 A sympathy card has been sent to the family of Rudy Aaron. 09/15/2011 Sandy We will keep your in our prayer. 09/15/2011 SAndy Zepp I am sorry to about your loss. I will be your family in my prayer and you too 09/15/2011 Levin & Effie Elzey Pat & Family, Rudy will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with you at this time. We will miss seeing him at the homecomings. He always had a smile and spoke to all; he knew no strangers. May God Bless you. 09/15/2011 Wanda and Howard Christopher Our thoughts are with you and your family. We are sure that stories are being shared in heaven already. 09/15/2011 Linda Phillips Just wanted to send my condolences to Mr. Aaron's family. I know you will miss that ever-ready smile. May God Bless You & Yours. 09/15/2011 Bubbie and Ovetta Pat and family so sorry to hear of rudy passing he was always smilling and had something nice to say 09/14/2011 Ron Bromwell Rudy is a great loss to us all, that famous smile of his, I first met him at the grocery store years ago,,,he never forgot anyone he met, so sorry for the familys loss. 09/14/2011 Gilbert Windsor Pat & Steve I aam so sorry to hear about Rudy's passing.I will always remember his smile and humor. My thoughs and prayers are with you. 09/14/2011 Diane Jones Aull I always loved to hear Mr. Rudy's stories! We would talk about growing up on Hooper's Island and people "arond the lane". I can see him sitting down at Miss Beunie's now. He sure loved her! He was one of the happiest people I know and he will be missed deeply. Diane 09/14/2011 James and Lena Wallis Fitzhugh Pat and Family: We are thinking of you at this time..Rudy was always ready to tell us some stories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 09/14/2011 Becky and Mark Dennis Miss Pat, Steve, Brenda and families - We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Mr. Rudy has told us many stories and we enjoyed hearing everyone! I know you all will miss him very much but take comfort in he is with the Lord - there is no doubt of that! Please know we are thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. Becky and Mark Dennis 09/14/2011 JB Tieder I will always remember Rudy hand tonging in the Choptank river. He was always full of life and most times smiling from ear to ear. We all could learn a leason from Rudy and many did. Sincerely, JB Tieder 09/14/2011 Buddy & JoAnne Tall To the Aaron family we are so sorry for your loss. 09/14/2011 EDDIE & PHYLLIS JAMES DEAR PAT & FAMILY. WE ARE THINKING OF YOU AND WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYER. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. EDDIE & PHYLLIS 09/13/2011

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