David Dudek

David E. Dudek

Sunday, February 27th, 1955 - Friday, October 9th, 2020
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David E. Dudek entered into eternal life on October 9, 2020 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts after a short battle with a scarcoma that invaded his body. He was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on February 27, 1955 to parents Rosemarie Becchetti-Rice and the late Erwin K. Dudek.
On May 8, 1977, David married the love of his life and soul mate Therese Fleming Dudek. Theirs was a true love story for 43 years. She survives at home in Hadley, Massachusetts.
David attended local schools and graduated Poughkeepsie High School in 1973 as a member of the National Honor Society. As a member of the school band, he was the lead trumpet player. David participated in playing on the football team and rowing on the crew team as a member. David graduated from Brown University in 1977 with a degree in financial management. At Brown, he continued to play his trumpet in the Brass Ensemble. He also rowed in the Intercollegiate crew races.
David was recruited by General Electric upon graduation and was employed in their Syracuse office until 1980 when he was transferred to their offices in Seattle, Washington. He received his MBA from Seattle University and left GE to accept a position at Starbucks Coffee where he became instrumental in the growth of the company.
Looking for another challenge, David moved back east and became a Professor of Business Management at the University of Massachusetts. He took great pride in the success of his students. He became an enthusiastic environmentalist and enjoyed cultivating an organic garden, producing an abundance of vegetables for their table. David and Theresa have been raising Welch Corgi dogs and their present Corgi, Owen led them down to a new path, participating in the AKC dog shows. David was delighted in the success that Owen achieved.
Participating in games with his family was a fun activity David took pleasure in, whether it was it was card or board games as well as outdoor games too. One particular event was an annual horseshoe pitching contest which he excelled in and was the perennial winner for many years including 2019! David always had a cheerful attitude and we will all miss this kind and thoughtful husband, son, brother, family relative and friend.
Besides his wife and mother, David is survived by his three brothers and their families; Dr. Robert P. Dudek, children Adam (Ali) Ashley, Paul M. (Jean) Dudek, children Maxwell and Claire, Joseph F. Dudek, children Meghan, Caitlin and Godson Ryan. Also surviving are Aunt and Godmother Anna May Duncan, children, Raymond and Andrew Duncan, Uncles: Stanley J. Becchetti, children Meredith and Chris Becchetti, Paul S. Becchetti, children Theodore and James Becchetti . Additionally he is survived by step-mother: Paula Dudek and cousins: Stephen (Gayle) Turowski and Alexis (Thomas) Broadhead.There are also many 2nd cousins and other extended family members including sister-in-law and husband Susan and Kit Ausschnitt, nephews Zack Ausschnitt and Beau (Courtney) Ausschnitt. Besides David's father Erwin, he was preceded in death by his stepfather Donald Rice, maternal grandparents Paula and Theodore Becchetti, paternal grandparents Frank and Mary Dudek, uncle Frank (Agnes) Dudek, aunt Helen (Alex) Turowski, mother-in-law Nanette Niegoda, father-in-law Henry Fleming and cousin Father William Turowski.
Cremation has already taken place at David's request. A memorial service will follow at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to PETA, 501 Front Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 or Poughkeepsie High School Athletics, 70 forbus St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Arrangements are under the direction of the William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc. 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. To send an online condolence, please visit our website at
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Ted Prenting

Posted at 10:53am
Rosemarie, AnnaMay and families,
I was stunned to see David's picture in the paper, though it was a very good one and exactly as I remember him. As one who has gone through this, I know first hand that parents should not lose their children, and my condolences and prayers are with you and your family. Rosemarie, I called my sister yesterday and shared this sad news with her. She joins me in our outreach to you. I send her a copy of the the newspaper clipping, as I know she will remember so many of the members of your family. You should be very pleased and proud, Rosemarie, with all that David accomplished in his life and the fullness of his life.. May he rest in peace.
Ted Prenting

Ingrid Newkirk

Posted at 07:26am
D avid Dudek was the kindest soul and a true friend of animals, who need all the friends they can get in this world. We send our condolences to his wife, mother, and all who loved him, and wish everyone strength and to dwell on happy moments in a time of pain. From all of us here at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals headquarters. Ingrid Newkirk, president.

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