When a son loses a best friend. † † his father. Edward Rudiger Sr., a car driver, dies. He was 88.

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June Estelle Rudiger is flanked by her husband, Ed Sr., left, and son, Ed Jr., right, in 2017. Mrs. Rudiger died later that year.

It won’t be Father’s Day that Ed Rudiger Jr. expected.

The usual plans are a steak dinner with his father at Peter Luger’s in Manhattan. Or, if they were still snowbirding in Fort Lauderdale, make reservations at Cafe Martorano. Maybe even a Formula 1 car race, in person or on TV. As an only child, Ed Jr. their special bond.