Rudolph "Rudy" Mitchell at age 90, a long-time Scituate resident and professional photographer passed away peacefully at the Life Care Center of the South Shore on April 5, 2013 with his family by his side. He enlisted in the Air Force during World War II where he was a member of the 8th Photo Tech Squadron. After the war, he became a professional photographer, and from that point was never seen without at least one camera. A people person, Rudys photography served as a way to connect with people by providing them in a pre-digital age with images of their lives: weddings, family portraits, graduations and school pictures. Living n Scituate was a daily source of happiness. He loved the town and participated in a myriad of activities and organizations: the Scituate Chamber of Commerce, Men's 8:59 Breakfast Club, Republican Town Committee, First Parish Unitarian Church committees, Scituate Historical Society, Scituate Town Committees, and Heritage Days committees. In 2010, he was honored by the Scituate Mariner as Citizen of the Year for his civic activities. As a photographer who loved Scituate, taking pictures of its people and places, Rudy found joy not only in the pictures themselves, but also in conversations when someone stopped him on the street to remember a picture he had taken of them. Rudy was still a vibrant presence in Scituate during his retirement when he and his cocker spaniel, Toby, would sit by the harbor or on the Town Pier , his favorite spot. When a flagpole was installed on the Pier, he made it his responsibility to raise and lower the flag each day from April through October, a practice he continued until he was 89. Rudy is survived by his wife, Pauline Mitchell, and his son, Rudy Mitchell, Jr. and his daughter-in-law, Mary Mitchell of Boston. All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scituate Historical Society, 100 Lighthouse Rd, or the Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066. For online condolences www.richardsongaffeyfuneralhome.com Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home. 781 545-0196
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Published in The Scituate Mariner from Apr. 16 to Apr. 23, 2013