Judy Rae Thom, 66 of Plantation, Florida passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. She was born February 5, 1948, in Columbus, Ohio to John (Jack) Thom and Geraldine Thom and moved to Florida in the late 1960's. Judy graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1971 where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education. In 1972, Judy began her career working for the City of Fort Lauderdale in the Parks and Recreation Department and retired in 2005 after 33 years of dedicated service. Throughout her career she worked at numerous parks and recreation facilities and enjoyed working in many capacities. Her most memorable years were at Harbordale Playground where she was known as a wonderful coach, mentor and friend to the neighborhood's children and families. Judy enjoyed golf, softball, traveling, the casino, and her collection of oldies music. She followed most sports and rarely missed an opportunity to watch a major PGA tournament. She was a loyal football fan and always followed the Buckeyes, Browns and Dolphins. Judy enjoyed spending time with her friends and had an amazing talent for bringing people together. Judy is survived by her brother Philip Russell Thom, nephew Joshua Philip Thom and niece Serenity Jean Thom as well many close friends and her trusted companions Tripper, Sandy and Miley. A celebration of Judy's life will be held later this summer in Fort Lauderdale. Donations in her memory may be made to: 100 + Animal Rescue 300 East Oakland Park Blvd., #401 Wilton Manors, FL 33334 or online: 100plusabandoneddogsofeverglades.com.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on June 24, 2014