The Canadian flag atop City Hall was flown at half mast Thursday evening out of respect to the family of Ray Nothdurft, the city’s engineering manager who died suddenly on Boxing Day.
The City of Stratford released a statement Friday morning paying tribute to Nothdurft, who was fondly remembered for his professionalism and strong work ethic.
Nothdurft was an integral part of the city's development, implementation and completion of its sanitary and storm sewer master plans. Under his stewardship as capital projects manager, he was responsible for over $90 million of redevelopment of critical infrastructure, including many residential street projects.
Nothdurft also provided key advice, planning and guidance on the Ontario Street project and Huron Street connecting links projects, as well as the RBC Data Centre and the creating of the Wright Business Park and many of the industries that located within.
“In his more that 15 years with the city, Ray has left an indelible mark on the future of the city and he will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues at the city and in our community,” said Mayor Dan Mathieson, in a statement.
“Ray's dedication to our community were hallmarks of his time with the city and he will be deeply missed,” added CAO Ron Shaw.
Away from the office, Nothdurft, who is survived by his wife Joanne, son Jake and daughter Lauren, worked on the organizing committee for Hockey Day in Canada in 2010, and, as a former member of the national Olympic soccer team, he was proud to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay organizing committee in 2009.
He also sat on the planning committee for the Stratford Rotary Complex.
Nothdurft coached Rotary hockey, minor soccer and was an avid player of both soccer and hockey in the community.