GOSHEN - John Lewis Judd, 71, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 28, 2013, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, with his loving family by his side.
He was born Aug. 17, 1941, to the late Edgar and Helen Judd. He was a graduate of Williamsburg High School as well a post graduate of Smith Vocational High School and a lifetime resident of Goshen.
Hard working husband, father and grandfather, he worked for his uncle George D. Judd for many years in conjunction with operating J & L Sales, selling Skiroule and Arctic Cat snowmobiles, as well as Homelite and Poulin chainsaws. Next, came starting an independent logging business and at the time of his retirement in 2008, he was an independent contract driver for C & S Wholesale Distributors.
John's family was his greatest love. Over 10 years were devoted to raising and showing horses and driving from Goshen to as far away as Denver, Colo., for weekly shows. As the girls graduated and moved out of the house, special summer time was spent at Lake George. Not to be forgotten, countless hours monitoring the Boston Red Sox roller coaster and loving every minute of watching them win the 2004 World Series, sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in four games.
John was very passionate and active in town government for the collective benefit of the townspeople of Goshen. He was chief of police from 1976 to 1987, and other positions included board of assessors, planning board, firehouse study committee, highway study committee, as well as selectman from 1974 to 1979 and then returned to the selectmen in 2010 and was chairman at the time of his death.
John leaves his wife of 51 years, Pearl; a brother Edgar Judd, Jr., of Leeds; sister Marion Judd of Northampton; 3 daughters, Mikki Lindstrom and husband Donald of Cornelius, N.C., Kristin Wirtes and husband Jesse of Lanesboro, Minn., and Kimberly Judd with her boyfriend Johnny Sanchez of Easthampton. His three grandchildren are Justin Wirtes and Domeniq and Haleigh Sanchez.
Calling hours will be held Friday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ahearn Funeral Home, 783 Bridge Rd., Northampton. Burial will be at a later date.
Donations may be made in his memory to the
, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA;
1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA or Highland Ambulance EMS, 56 Main St., Goshen, MA.
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