Rodolphe “Rudy” Drolet, 70


Rodolphe “Rudy” Drolet passed away May 26 at home with his beloved family at his bedside. He was born 70 years ago in Woonsocket, the son of the late Francois and Marguerite Drolet.

Rudy had a passion for motorcycles. He once owned a shop in Pawtucket where he repaired and built motorcycles. He took special joy in designing and building bikes for people with disabilities who would otherwise be unable to ride. His nephews loved working alongside him and learning about mechanical things and how they worked

For Rudy, riding his Harley meant freedom, freedom from cares and freedom to explore and learn about out of the way corners of Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut. He had an avid interest in history and enjoyed engaging his mother-in-law in discussion about people and places in South Providence and also facets of RI Jewish history.

Rudy was open to meeting people from all walks of life and finding common ground.

He is survived by his devoted wife Vivian (Foster) whom he married in the chapel of Temple Beth-El 38 years ago, loving father of Abby and adored Zaidie of Brooke Chaya.

Contributions in his memory may be made to RI Jewish Historical Association or Hasbro Children’s Hospital.