Rudy was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1930. Now residing in Yardville with his wife Mary Lou. Rudy and Mary Lou have 2 daughters, Lisa and Lori and 2 grandchildren, Nicole and John.
Rudy worked at the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles starting in 1948 as a clerk and with hard work and dedication retired as an Assistant Director after 43 years. Obviously, the same hard working ambitious Rudy we all know and appreciate.
After years of bird, small game and deer hunting, Rudy started shooting trap with his friends at the local Italian American Club in 1966. He later served as President, Secretary and Treasurer of the club and was instrumental in the rebuilding of the trap facilities at the club. In 1974, a group of members of the club including Rudy went to Pine Belt Sportsman’s Club to shoot ATA registered targets where he went on to break 90/100 of his first registered targets.
In 1997, with the passing of Toots Tindall, Rudy was asked to assume the position of secretary/treasurer of the NJSTA. Thankfully, Rudy accepted the job. Since becoming secretary/treasurer, and serving with 5 presidents, his hard work and never ending enthusiasm has been the true existence of the organization. His job is not only maintaining the records of the organization and financials, but also producing, one of the best state shoot programs year after year. Rudy is also the driving force in ordering and purchasing the large number of trophies for all of the NJSTA competitions every year. Competitors have nothing but good things to say about our trophy offerings year after year. No one during this period of time has worked as tirelessly nonstop for the shooters of NJ.
Eight years ago, Rudy wanted the NJSTA to become involved with a charitable event. Verdon Skipper suggested the Masonic Learning Centers for children, who through donations teach dyslexic children to reach and function, at no charge to the children. Since that time, the NJSTA has raised over $100,000 dollars with the Teddy Bear Charity shoots, led by Rudy.
On the trap field, Rudy is no slouch either. Winning the Veteran award at the NJ State shoot in 1999, and going on to win Veteran runner up breaking a 98 at the 100th Grand American in the Champion of Champion event in Vandalia, OH. Rudy shot at the Grand American a total of 4 times. Rudy also won the Cavalier Rose Bowl and the Paul Plumly Award at his first Cavalier shoot in 1994.
Rudy is a life member of both Pine Belt Sportsman’s Club and Pine Valley Gun Club. Rudy is an ATA Life member and NRA Life Member. Also, he is a member and secretary/treasurer of the Cavaliers. Rudy is the most recent recipient of the A. W. Buchanan Award for Service to the Cavaliers. With anything Rudy is involved with, he is the “go-to” guy to get things done and many are just proud to call him a friend. So far during Rudy’s career, he’s shot at 106,850 singles, 42,000 handicap and 30,550 doubles targets.