Dudzik remembered for dedication to district
Milwaukee alderman Joe Dudzik, who represented the city's 11th District, was remembered by colleagues for his dedication to public service this morning.
Dudzik, 56, died following a motorcycle crash in a construction zone near 75th and Morgan overnight.
Common Council president Michael Murphy released the following statement about Dudzik’s passing:
“It is with a heavy hear that I learned of the passing of my friend and colleague Alderman Joe Dudzik last night. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues, his constituents, his family and his many, many friends.
“Joe made a career as a dedicated public servant, serving with great distinction for more than 20 years in the Department of Public Works before he was elected alderman in 2002. As an elected official, he very able represented the south side district where he lived most of his life. He was a passionate advocate for the south side, and took great delight in repeatedly telling those of us on the council that his was, in fact, the best district in the city.
“Joe’s zeal for public service was outshined only by his love for his wife Lynn and his sons, Jeffrey and Jake. While he achieved many things, his family was by far his proudest accomplishment. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said:
“Alderman Joe Dudzik’s passing marks a very sad day in Milwaukee.
“Through his work as a city employee and, ultimately, as an alderman, Joe dedicated his professional life to the people of this city.
“He held strong opinions that matched his constituents' concerns. And, he was never shy about sharing those opinions with me or his colleagues.
“Joe was passionate about the services Milwaukee provides its residents. He was an advocate for City employees. And, no alderman surpassed his day-to-day commitment to making his district a better place.
“I offer my condolences to Joe's family and friends.”
Fellow Alderman Bob Donovan released the following:
“This morning, I’m deeply saddened to join my Common Council colleagues in mourning the tragic loss of Alderman Joe Dudzik. Joe and I have been friends for many years, and his dedication and commitment to his community and his constituents was unmatched.
“Seeing the life of such an upstanding man cut short like this makes one pause and take stock of the things that are truly important—life itself, family, good health and God. At the end of the day, it sure as hell isn’t politics.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Joe, his wife and his boys, his mother and everyone who knew and cared for this proud south side Milwaukeean.”
Alderman Jose Perez said:
“As a colleague, as a friend and as a fellow south-sider, I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Alderman Joe Dudzik, who passed away last night.
“Joe was a vocal advocate for the South Side, and it was my pleasure to serve with him. In person or in committee meetings, his personality, his zest for life and his sense of humor stand out as some of his defining features. He will be deeply missed here at City Hall.
“Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Ghassan Korban, commissioner of the Milwaukee Department of Public Works, said:
"The Department of Public Works is deeply saddened at the passing of our friend and colleague Ald. Joe Dudzik.
"Ald. Dudzik served the City of Milwaukee first as a dedicated DPW staff member for 20 years. He held positions in our Street Maintenance division and was promoted several times during his tenure.
"After his election to Alderman of the 11th District, DPW staff worked closely with him on many projects and service requests. We appreciated his leadership on the Common Council and his commitment to serving his constituents in his district as well as all City residents.
"Joe Dudzik will be missed, and we offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Lynn, his sons Jake and Jeffrey, his extended family and to his many friends."
Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. said:
"Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated the gift of life my parents gave me. So as you can imagine, when I woke up this morning and heard the sad news of my colleague Alderman Joe Dudzik's passing, it was a shock.
"He fondly referred to me as his twin, and I would always shoot back that you could tell us apart by the fact that he had been blessed with hair."
"Life's journey can hit you when you least expect it. So now, as I continue to celebrate my gift of life, I will always cherish Joe’s memory.
"Be blessed, brother. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has seen your work, and he is well pleased. Much love to Lynn and the family."
Alderman Robert Puente said:
"It is with a heavy heart that I offer my deepest condolences to the friends and family of Alderman Joe Dudzik, a dedicated friend and colleague whom I will miss greatly.
"I had the pleasure of serving with Joe on the Public Works Committee, the Public Safety Committee and the Licenses Committee. His insight and expertise, particularly pertaining to public works matters, were invaluable and unmatched, and the city will be worse for his absence. I will truly miss working with him.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s family during this difficult time."