Dateline: Ballston Lake, NY
Anthony Leon Dudes, Jr., age 82, passed away peacefully on July 26 at River Ridge Living Center. Tony was born on October 7, 1939, in Newark, NJ, son of Anthony Leon Dudes and Elizabeth Krol Dudes.
After graduating high school in Newark, New Jersey, Tony earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the US Merchant Marine Academy, and was recognized by the American Society of Naval Engineers as top engineer of the class of 1961. He then went on to obtain an MS at Stevens Institute of Technology. He spent most of his life working for General Electric and Bechtel in Schenectady, NY. He completed the GE Advanced Course in Engineering, and also qualified as an Engineer Officer of the Watch on the S3G nuclear power plant.
Tony spent summers as a youth on the Jersey shore, where he learned to love fishing, sailing, scuba diving, and spear fishing. As an adult he owned and raced sailboats and led many bareboat charter expeditions with friends as crew to the Caribbean, New England waters, and the San Juan Islands. He earned his pilot’s license and flew small planes. He also enjoyed hiking, snorkeling, canoeing, biking, and downhill skiing. He married his wife Sue in Hawaii and they enjoyed traveling to, among other places, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, the Baltics, the Azores, England, Peru, the Mediterranean, and the Galapagos. Tony was a Merchant Marine, a great engineer, a great sailor, pilot and fisherman, a wonderful hiker, expedition leader, and friend to many. Most of all, he was Susan’s and Laura’s father and best friend throughout their lives.
Tony is survived by his first wife, Patricia Geiger Dudes and their loving daughters Susan P. (Michael) Matthews, and Laura A. Dudes, as well as his beloved wife Susan A. Olmstead, his brothers-in-law Dennis L. (Maureen) Olmstead, Richard G. (Sheila) Olmstead, and many cousins.
No funeral or memorial service is planned at this time. If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation.