Roadside marker to honor Rudy Nuttall

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Jul 17, 2013 - 01:23 PM

Photo: Ware Neck resident Ralph Parkes stands across from Nuttall & Co. Store, the business that his late father-in-law, Rudy Nuttall, owned and operated for over half a century. Parkes, along with several other individuals, has been working to place a historical marker near the store in memory of Nuttall and the many positive impacts he made on the community. He is a depiction of what the sign will look like. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Ware Neck resident Ralph Parkes stands across from Nuttall & Co. Store, the business that his late father-in-law, Rudy Nuttall, owned and operated for over half a century. Parkes, along with several other individuals, has been working to place a historical marker near the store in memory of Nuttall and the many positive impacts he made on the community. He is a depiction of what the sign will look like. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

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Ware Neck resident Ralph Parkes has spearheaded an effort to remember a beloved man and ensure that his legacy lives on in the small community for generations to come.

Last year, Parkes started a project to honor his father-in-law, the late E.R. "Rudy" Nuttall, with a special roadside marker. With the financial help of family and friends, the sign has received approval from the Gloucester Historical Committee, the state and has also initiated an effort in Gloucester for historical markers to be approved at a local level.

Nuttall owned and operated the general store at Ware Neck Post Office from 1946 until his retirement in 2002. His business, Nuttall & Company, was a significant landmark in Gloucester.

Nuttall was also a popular Ware Neck resident, a business and personal friend to countless residents and visitors.

The sign to be erected will state, "The warmth of his good humor, his local advice on everything from fishing to gardening, his attention to customer needs and his leadership in the community earned him the title of Honorary Mayor of Ware Neck."