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Jim Tudor to Retire after 44 Years with Transportation Share

Oct 22, 2020  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

James Jim” Tudor, born and raised in Mar­i­on, accept­ed a job with the City of Mar­i­on Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment as a bus dri­ver short­ly after gain­ing pro­fes­sion­al dri­ving expe­ri­ence with a taxi busi­ness. The oppor­tu­ni­ty proved to be a ful­fill­ing career from 1976 to today.

For more than four decades, Tudor enjoyed help­ing peo­ple and gain­ing friend­ships. Our rid­ers are just like us…they just might not be in a posi­tion to make pay­ments on a car.”

Tudor was a loy­al employ­ee who would adhere to the rules. When asked to work over­time or take on spe­cial oppor­tu­ni­ties, Tudor would nev­er turn them down. His team­mates expressed grat­i­tude for his flex­i­bil­i­ty and all of the extra time and work he put into his job.

Trans­porta­tion Direc­tor, Jeff Edwards, gave praise to Tudor, explain­ing he could always rely on him. I nev­er had to wor­ry if he was going to show up for work, do a good job, or help you out. I have unlim­it­ed praise for Jim. He even led prayer for me when I was in the hos­pi­tal, which means some­thing spe­cial to me,” Edwards added.

For many years, Tudor took on spe­cial routes for com­mu­ni­ty events includ­ing Mis­sissinewa 1812 and the Fly/​In Cruise/​In, drove many times for MPD pro­grams, and was very effi­cient with ADA-relat­ed tasks.

In retire­ment, Tudor looks for­ward to doing more with his church, St. James Luther­an. He also wel­comes more oppor­tu­ni­ties to trav­el, spend time with his fam­i­ly, and get house work done…all on his own time.

Tudor’s final day dri­ving his bus route is Thurs­day, Oct. 22nd, 2020.

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