An interview with David Rudicil, the Vice President of MAHC and the Board President of Colonial Village Coop sits down to share his story

Dave “Rudy” Rudicil is a lifetime resident of the Downriver community, which is located on the south side of Detroit.  As the second youngest of eight, he learned not to take life so seriously.  Rudy says that his greatest influence in his life was his mother, who said, “Smile and the world will smile with you; cry and you will cry alone.”

As a young man, he was drafted into the Navy Seabees and served our country during the Vietnam War.  After completing tours to California, Japan, and Vietnam, Rudy came back home to Detroit and became a foreman for the Great Lakes Steel Company.  He then joined the Riverview Police Department, and served for 30 years on the force doing detective work, and acting as the school’s police liaison.  Rudy says “One of my biggest successes in life was working with the children at school while on the Riverview Police Department.  I had a connection with those kids, and I felt like it was something I was really gifted at.”  He is now retired and enjoys golfing, riding his Harley Ultra classic, and spending time with his three children who also live in in the Detroit area.

Rudy first made his foray into housing cooperatives when he married his late wife Michele and ran for election for the coop where they resided.  He was elected to the Board of Directors a year later and continued his involvement through Colonial Village Cooperative.  Rudy has been the Board President of Colonial Village Coop for the last 29 years, and says he enjoys having a role in the lives of 330 different families who live there.  Some of the biggest improvements implemented under Rudy’s supervision were the development of an ongoing, comprehensive maintenance plan; paying off the housing cooperative’s mortgage; and boasting some of the lowest carrying charges in the country.

As the Vice President of MAHC, Rudy says “Your attitude should be that the coop comes first.  Our efforts should be to maintain the coop movement”.  His belief that coop leaders represent many families, not just themselves, and those families depend on coop leaders to keep their best interests in mind is why he is one of the preeminent leaders in the housing cooperative movement.