Stephen Rudd

Born: Toronto on 06 November 1943

Passed away: Treasure Island on 08 March 2016

Aged: 72 years

Funeral Date: 15 March 2016

Service Details

Treasure Island Beach at 121st Avenue on Tuesday, March 15th at 7pm.


The Story

In professional photographers’ circles, Stephen Rudd is a legend. Along the way he has garnered every single award that can be achieved by any wedding photographer. His innovation and artistic images have earned him international recognition and acclaim. Stephen has been voted the “Ontario Professional Photographer of the Year” five times. “The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Grand Award” and “International Photographer of the Year” twice and has just recently received their “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Lately he stunned the photographic world by having a second image accepted into the “International Photographic Hall of Fame.” Stephen was a seven-time winner of the “Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence,” which is the professional photography’s version of the Oscar. He was a mentor to photographers all over the world. It is assured that he will be listed as one of the greatest photographers of all time.
He is survived by his life partner, best friend and biggest supporter Lisa Luciano. His daughter Stephanie and his grandsons Kyle and Keegan as well as countless friends, fans and protégés.
With a personality, talent and love as huge as his, the world will never be the same. God broke the mold with him. He will be sorely missed. The “Maestro” has left the building…….
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Your pain is in my heart.May you find comfort in Revelation21:3,4-“and death will be no more......” .You are in my prayers.

lil rose

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Dear Lisa and Stephanie, I am truly sorry for your loss. Although I did not know Stephen personally it is very clear that he was a creative and talented man who was dearly loved by his friends and family. When my grandfather passed away I found comfort in Rev 21:4 where it reads "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." It's encouraging to know that God promises a time when he will do away with death forever. I wish the best to you both and to everyone who grieves over Stephen Sincerely, Sarah

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My deepest condolences and sympathies to you Lisa and to everyone who had an opportunity to be very close to Steve over his lifetime with us. Steve and I had seven great years of laughter and fun from doing everything our hearts desired like photography, retouching, scuba diving, karate, weight training, watching boxing with friends and going on vacation etc. It was an adventure every day with him. You never had time to get bored. Steve loved doing things each waking moment of the day. If I wanted to sleep-in in the morning, his famous saying to me was “You will get to sleep-in longer when your candle burns out. Let’s get going, we have things to do and accomplish today”. Even though we eventually divorced, we were able to become friends again and remained good friends over the years. Steve came to visit ‘Canada’ (in SUMMER only because he did not like winter) almost every year after he had moved to his new permanent residence in Florida. He would visit his friends and relatives, and especially his Aunt Betty and Uncle John Stoangi. He loved eating good food. When he was in Toronto, he enjoyed going to different restaurants like Japanese Sushi, Indian food, Chinese Dim Sum, Greek food and he loved his steak too. He would often comment that the “Ontario vegetables like tomatoes and radishes were so tasty because the land rested in the winter to get back its minerals / vitamins”. My reply was “See the ‘winter and cold weather’ is good for something in Ontario. LOL Some of the subjects we liked to discuss were Photography, Retouching, and all the changes that have occurred in the photography business since he started his company in 1981, ‘Adam & Eve Wedding Photographers’ studio. I remember his first wedding was in October 1981 for his good friends, Paul William and Catherine Turl, and from that day he saw how far he could go with this new adventure. When he started doing seminar presentations for Photographers’ Conventions, he would say “I was not born with a golden spoon in my mouth; I was born with a camera in my hands” (the audience used to have a good laugh). Steve was an innovative contributor to photography. For example, Steve started wedding pictures in size 10x10 for the Bridal Album; 7x7 Parents Albums; 3x3 Thank You Cards; and 10x10 Gift Folders. The ‘Photography Lab’ had to produce new Masks of different sizes (A to F) to crop the negatives. As well, Gift Folders, Thank You Cards and Matt inserts also had to be created. Many more creative ideas came year after year and Steve realized them all. During our downtime we would go motorcycle riding, go for a drive in his ‘57 Chevy’, watch car racing (another one of Steve’s favorite pastimes) or go down South to many different islands for some ‘Scuba Diving’. I have great and wonderful memories. I will cherish them until I see him again in the wonderful ocean world and at the Pearly Gates. Steve -- you will be missed. Line xo

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I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Steve... my heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends and loved ones. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Line Poudrier. I know that this is a tremendous loss for you, but you still have some wonderful memories to see you through this difficult time. I hope those memories give you great comfort. God Bless, with love your old friend -- remembering the good times. Shila

Shila Faust

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Thank you, Shila (dear old friend), for remembering some great times from the past... wonderful times and memories that will be cherished forever. Line

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Enjoying SCUBA in Aruba!

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Photographer of the Year (WPPI), 1987

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