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307 South Palm Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177
Phone: (386) 325-4521
Philip Rudin

Philip Norman Rudin

Monday, October 3rd, 1938 - Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
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Philip Norman Rudin, 80, of Bostwick, passed from this life on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka. Born in St. Augustine, Norman was raised in the Bayard community and was a 1956 graduate of DuPont High School in Jacksonville. He attended Jacksonville University and served honorably in the National Guard. Norman began work at National Cash Register in Jacksonville and then as a diesel mechanic with Greyhound Bus Lines. In 1963, he began a career with the Jacksonville Fire Department and became one of the first paramedic’s to be licensed in the State of Florida. Norman rose to the rank of district chief and was appointed by the Mayor as Division Chief of the Jacksonville Fire / Rescue. Following 6 years as Division Chief, he returned to Battalion Chief and retired in 2002 following nearly 40 years of dedicated service. In his leisure time, Norman loved fishing in Alaska (and was very good at it), boating, woodworking and going to flea markets. Norman was an excellent husband and a loving father.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip Rudin and Jessie Justice Rudin.
Norman is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kathy Rudin of Bostwick, a daughter, Sumer Tonto (David) of Jacksonville, a son, Chris Rudin of Callahan, 2 sisters, Jackie Snead and Barbara Bradford, a brother, Nathan Rudin, all of Jacksonville, 5 grandchildren, Abby Tonto, David Tonto, Daniel Tonto, Andrew Tonto and Nicholas Rudin and 2 great-grandchildren, Seth and Silas Rudin.
Services celebrating Norman’s life will be at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Creekside Christian Church, 92 Life Spring Way in St. Johns, FL 32259 with Pastor Chuck Peterman officiating and Ted Stackpole assisting. The family will receive friends Tuesday at the church from 4:00 P.M. until the time of services at 5:00 P.M. The Jacksonville Fire Department will serve as pallbearers and provide the honor guard. Graveside services with honors bestowed by the Jacksonville Fire Department will be at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at Evergreen Cemetery, 505 N. Rodriquez St., St. Augustine, FL 32085.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Creekside Christian Church at or to www.FosterHope.Today online.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Norman’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Creekside Christian Church
    92 Lifespring Way
    St.Johns, FL 32259
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  • Service

    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 5:00pm
    Creekside Christian Church
    92 Lifespring Way
    St. Johns, FL 32259
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    Pastor Chuck Peterman
    Pastor Ted Stackpole
  • Interment

    Evergreen Cemetery St. Augustine
    505 N Rodriquez St
    St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Brenda and John Trost

Posted at 10:50am
Dear Kathy, We were so sorry to hear of Normans passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.With deepest sympathy,Brenda & John & Ruth Johnson Family
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Harold Hollander

Posted at 07:16am
I was saddened to hear of the death of my old friend and fellow Rescue member. Norman and I entered service in Jax Fire and Rescue at nearly the same time during it's early days. We served together for many years both there and at C.W. Owens pest control aboard the "flying trash truck". I will truly miss Norman's sharp wit and love for life. My heartfelt condolences to Kathy, Sumer, Nathan, Jackie, and all the family. The world will be a sadder place without my dear friend.

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