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VERNON John Joseph "Jack" Judge Jr.

1943 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
VERNON John Joseph "Jack" Judge Jr. Obituary
John J. Judge, Jr.

1943 - 2015 VERNON John Joseph "Jack" Judge, Jr., 72, of Franklin Road died Friday morning, August 14, 2015 at Dartmouth - Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. following a brief illness. Jack was born in Holyoke, MA on February 14, 1943 the son of John J. and Ethel (Butler) Judge. He was raised and educated in Holyoke attending Holyoke public schools. Upon completion of high school, he proudly served his country as an active U.S. National Guardsman. He was honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment. During his tour of duty in the National Guard, Jack trained as a welder. This skill influenced his employment choices for many years early in his career. He began his welding career working with Iron Workers on bridges and major building complexes and ultimately joined the Pipefitters Union and became a highly skilled, certified, Nuclear Grade pipe welder that included a stint on the Alaska Pipeline. The welding endeavor was successful and provided a good living, however Jack's ambition and drive soon propelled him into more challenging supervisory roles with Mercury Company of Norwood. His first supervisory roles were in the welding field but soon led to Superintendent Positions and ultimately Project Management most of which were in the Nuclear Plant Maintenance and Retro-fit arena. The nuclear plant operational knowledge and support experience Jack gained during this period in his life, positioned him well for starting a nuclear support service company of his own. In 1989 he established R.O.V. Technologies in Brattleboro where he served as President and CEO until the company was sold in March of 2015. To his credit, in the many years Jack operated R.O.V. Technologies, numerous unique and industry first robotic equipment revelations were designed, manufactured and utilized by ROV Technologies Technicians to assist Nuclear Plants with their many complex maintenance and inspection requirements. Some of these innovations received National Recognition and Top Industry Performance awards. In October of 2014 with his wife, Melanie, he purchased the Brattleboro Country Club (as a youth Jack worked extensively at the Wyckoff Park in Holyoke, MA He had a lifelong ambition to own a golf club). Jack's other interests included fishing, wood cutting and collecting cars. He held membership in the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie #2445. Jack's first marriage to Joan Sokoloski, ended in divorce. After a 21 year relationship, Jack and Melanie decided to tie the knot on October 26, 2004. Along with his wife Melanie, he leaves one daughter, Alexandra S. Judge of West Palm Beach and a granddaughter, Lilly. He leaves behind two children from his previous marriage, a daughter, Jill Zachary and her husband, Peter of Westminster, VT and a son, John J. Judge, III of MA. Additionally he is survived by his mother of Holyoke; seven siblings, Joyce (Gary Linebury), Judi (Larry Boomer), Jerry, (late wife, Claudia), Janet Hunter, Jay, (Nancy), Joseph, Nancy (fiance, Don), Daniel (Lori) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, John Judge, Sr. (2006) and a brother, Jeffrey (1972). SERVICES: A Memorial Service will be celebrated Friday at 11a.m. at Saint Michael's Episcopal Church on 16 Bradley Ave. in Brattleboro with the Rev. Mary Lindquist, Rector, celebrant. A reception will follow the services to be held at the Brattleboro Country Club. For those who would like to honor Jack with a round of golf, the course will be available on Friday afternoon. Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Thursday from 7 to 9p.m. Memorial contributions in Jack's name may be made to Norris Cotton Cancer Center, DHMC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756 or David's House, P.O. Box 660, Lebanon, NH 03766. To sign an online register book with messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Aug. 19, 2015
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