GLOUCESTER, MA: Rudolph Macchi, 73, of Gloucester, Mass., passed away peacefully on March 28, 2016, at home, surrounded by his family, after a brave battle with cancer. Rudy was born in Dorchester, Mass., on November 21, 1942. He was the son of the late Rudolph Sr. and Alice (McCorkle) Macchi.
Rudy graduated from Boston Technical High School, Class of 1961, and served in the Air force, stationed in England from 1963 to 1967. Rudy began his career as an insurance broker, selling life insurance for John Hancock, in Quincy, Mass. Rudy and his family moved to Gloucester in 1976, where he began working for G. Everett Mahoney Insurance. In 1981, Rudy became co-owner of G. Everett Mahoney, where he continued to work for the next 35 years.
Rudy thrived on community involvement, committed to serving the city of Gloucester by participating in countless civic organizations throughout his life. Rudy belonged to the Gloucester Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart and Holy Family Parishes and the Rotary Club since 1976. Rudy was one of only four residents of Gloucester who served as Rotary Club President (1983-84), President of the Chamber of Commerce (1992), was named as Gloucester’s Business man of the year and was a Paul Harris Fellow in 1987. He also served as Rotary District Governor, in which he took great pride. Rudy was awarded the Gloucester Community Hero in 2005 by the Red Cross where he served on the board of directors locally and regionally. He served on the board of directors for the United Way of the North shore, St Mel’s school, and Camp Rotary. Rudy will be most remembered for ringing in the holiday season in his custom made Santa Claus suit for the last 30 years. He delighted in participating in Gloucester, Rockport, and Manchester parades, as well as visiting with children at Shriners’ and Children’s hospitals, and hearing special wishes from thousands of children.
Rudy loved spending time watching his 70 inch big screen TV, reading, collecting Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Rudy was an avid traveler, traveling to Aruba annually in May, to the Daytona 500 and Loudon New Hampshire annually, as a member of the Lincoln Forum, he joined the annual conference in November, planned an annual trip to Gettysburg, Pa., and most recently made a pilgrimage with fellow Holy Family parishioners to St Francis of Assisi’s shrine in Italy this past November.
Rudy is survived by his daughter Christine Trendell and her husband, Brian of Riverside, R.I.; and his son, Anthony Macchi and wife, Katie of Gloucester. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Elliott, Aidan and Mary-Alice Trendell of Riverside, R.I. He also leaves behind five siblings, William Macchi of Gloucester, Joan Sheerin of Rockland, Mass., Richard Macchi of Rockland Mass., Jean Macchi of Pembroke, Mass., and Particia Harry of Marshfeild, Mass. He will be missed dearly by his black lab puppy, Cookie, and their walks along the boulevard.
His visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Thursday, March 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home on Friday, April 1, at 11:15 a.m., followed by his Mass celebrated in St. Ann’s Church at 12 p.m. His burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences may be given at . Those desiring to may wish to honor his memory by making a donation in his name to the Rotary Club of Gloucester.