Trib­utes to tal­ented engi­neer

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

THE fam­ily of a Mac­cles­field man who sadly died be­fore he could re­turn to his home town have paid trib­ute to him.

Ru­dolph Arthur Wragg was born at Ivy Dene, Ivy Lane, Mac­cles­field in 1935, and died in Chicago aged 82 on Oc­to­ber 29.

His sis­ter Ann said his dy­ing wish was to re­turn home to Mac­cles­field.

She said: “Ru­dolph died in Schaum­burg, Chicago USA from Pros­trate Can­cer; which had spread to his bones and or­gans. He put up a very brave fight to this cruel dis­ease. He dearly wanted to re­turn to Eng­land, but be­came too weak to travel.”

She added: “Ru­dolph was a very kind, car­ing per­son al­ways will­ing to help oth­ers, good na­tured and good tem­pered he man­aged to keep his sense of hu­mour to the end. He al­ways had amaz­ing sto­ries of his trav­els and peo­ple he had meet.”

Ru­dolph leaves his wife Alice and three chil­dren Felicia, Vic­to­ria and Con­rad, who were all born in Mac­cles­field at their home On Rock, Palmer­ston Road, Mac­cles­field.

He was born on 24 Septem­ber, 1935, at Ivy Dene, now Ken­dal Road.

His fa­ther, Arthur Wragg, was a Mac­cles­field so­lic­i­tor and be­came the youngest coroner in the UK when he was ap­pointed Coroner for West Cheshire, and his mother, Nan­nie Wragg, was the chief Evac­u­a­tion Of­fi­cer in Mac­cles­field dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. A tal­ented engi­neer, Ru­dolph ap­peared in the Mac­cles­field Courier when he was aged just 11 for build­ing a wire­less ra­dio, us­ing his pocket money to buy spare parts from the Army & Navy ex mil­i­tary spare parts busi­ness on Stan­ley Street. Ru­dolph worked in a TV re­pair shop be­fore vol­un­teer­ing to join Royal Air Force aged 17, serv­ing for five years. He sailed on The Duke of Devon­shire and served in Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong, where he met and mar­ried his wife Alice. They lived on Palmer­ston Road, Mac­cles­field un­til 1967 be­fore trav­el­ling the world to­gether and set­tling in Chicago.

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