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Lieutenant Colonel Sean
Michael Judge, PhD
formerly of Methuen, MA; 40

DUBLIN, OHIO -- Lieutenant Colonel Sean Michael Judge, PhD, age 40, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ Dublin Methodist Hospital.

Sean was born in Methuen, Massachusetts on September 28, 1971. His parents are Daniel and Cathy Judge of Dracut, MA and Mary and David Conant of Beverly Hills, FL. Sean has two sisters, Brehan and her husband Michael McCarthy of Andover, MA and Dannah and her husband Paul Foresta of Dracut, MA. He also has 4 step-siblings whom he thought of as siblings -- Becky Fitzgibbons, Kevin Conant, Ed Conant and Ronald Conant. He is also survived by his grandparents, James and Rita Judge of Lawrence, MA.

From the time Sean was a little boy, he wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force. When he was six years old he told his mother he needed an Intellivision (the newest video game technology at that time) to improve his eye-hand coordination. It worked -- he got it for Christmas that year!
When Sean was ready for high school, he transferred to all boy Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA which had a reputation for a large number of graduates getting accepted at military academies. Sean received early acceptance from the Air Force Academy and was nominated by Senator Robert Smith from New Hampshire. He graduated very high in his Academy class and secured a slot for pilot training.

He went to pilot training in Mississippi and chose to be a C-130 pilot upon graduation. He went on to serve in the Air Force for over 19 years and flew in Operation Enduring Freedom and Bosnia as well as other deployments. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force at the time of his death.

Sean was a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. In 2011, he completed his PhD in Military History from The Ohio State University.

Sean's first assignment after pilot training was at Pope Air Force in Fayetteville, NC. He visited a friend from high school at UNC-Chapel Hill and met Carmen Smith of Charlotte, NC. They dated for a little over a year and were married June 28, 1997. They have 3 children, Ryan age 10, Seth age 8 and Amelia who just turned 7 last week.

Sean was a wonderful husband and father and was very devoted to his family. His children were the light of his life. He has served as a soccer coach and Boy Scout Leader. He lived his life with loyalty, honor and dignity. He was much loved by his family and friends and will be missed by all.

JUDGE -- A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6400 Post Rd., Dublin, OH, 43016. Interment Arlington National Cemetery in the fall of 2012. Arrangements being completed at Jerry Spears Funeral Home, 2693 W. Broad St.

Family asks that memorial contributions be made to The Fisher House, 417 Schlatter Ave., Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, 45433.

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Published in Lowell Sun on Jul. 18, 2012.
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November 13, 2020
Sean, you are loved and missed more than you could ever imagine. I know you sometimes said that I loved you too much but that is not possible. However, I still love you with all my heart and soul and it's difficult every day to live in this world without you. Your funny antics, your wisdom, your laughter and just everything about you. I never thought I'd have to live one day on earth without you. You gave me reason to live and then when you started a family of your own that made everything even better. Your children have grown into young adults. They are very loving, well mannered and each of them has some part of you which makes me so happy. I only wish you could be here to see and help them grow. You would be so proud of them. You are always the first person on my mind when I wake up and the last person on my mind before I fall to sleep and so many minutes in between. Love & Hugs, Mom
Mary Conant
July 15, 2019
Along with more than 20 other Central Catholic HS alumni, the Emblem, our alumni magazine, saluted Sean M. Judge, as a proud graduate of CCHS and a US military service academy. We will never forget.
David DeFillippo
July 14, 2019
2019 Memorial to Sean
Sean, I miss you more with each passing day. You were always the light of my life and it's so difficult to live each day without you. You exceeded any expectations I had for you. You were a great person and wonderful man, always helpful and caring. I've cried a million tears and I'll cry a million more until the day I die. Thank you for being the best son a mother could ever hope for.
Mary Conant
July 11, 2019
Thinking of his family.
Donna & Bernie Judge
Donna & Bernie Judge
January 14, 2017
Sean, Words cannot fully express how much you are missed, not only by me, but by so many other family members, friends and colleagues. You had a profound affect on all who knew and loved you. My heart aches each day knowing that you are missing out on seeing your children grow and develop into the fine people they are becoming and that you are just missing out on life and all that's going on. You worked so diligently to create a wonderful life only for it to be ripped out from under you. You were the best son a mother could hope for and I will love you with all my heart and soul until my dying day. Love & Hugs, Mom
Mary Conant
November 4, 2016
It warms my heart that friends and colleagues are keeping Sean's memory alive. Thank you, T.B. and CCHS for commenting here. Sean is dearly missed by his wife, children, parents and all of his aunts and uncles as well as his extended family members. You were one in a million, Sean, and your legacy continues. Love you with all my heart and soul. Love, Mom
Mary Conant
November 4, 2016
As the US approaches Veteran's Day, the Central Catholic HS community remembers your sterling character, your dedication to always be at your best and the warm heart that drew others to respect and love you as student, athlete, leader and friend. Your legacy continues every day here.
November 3, 2016
I still think about all the good times we had together. Tell Harley hello for me.
July 14, 2016
4th Anniversary Memorial
Sean, you are always on my mind and in my heart. You are the first person in my mind in the morning and the last person in my mind in the evening. I miss your smile, your wit, your kindness, your hugs and just everything about you. It's so difficult living each day when I know that you are no longer living. My heart aches that you are missing out on so much. Your children are growing up and doing well. You certainly would be very happy and proud of them. Love you with all my heart and soul. Love Mom
Mary Conant
October 19, 2014
A candle for you!!
Sean, Thinking of you and missing you each and every day. Several of your colleagues are keeping your memory alive and I am forever grateful. Love you with all my heart and soul. Wishing I could hug you once again. You were and still are the sunshine of my life.
Mary Conant
August 17, 2014
You are missed so much by so many especially your family. It's difficult living without you. <3
Mary Conant
May 23, 2014
Sean, As Memorial Day approaches this year I cannot help but think of you and your long time service and dedication to our country and our freedom. You are missed more and more as each day passes by all of your family and so many of your friends. You were a natural leader and you inspired many people over the years. Thank you for being the best son a mother could ever hope for. You were a scholar, and intellect, a motivator and a very humble man. Love you forever more. <3 Love, Mom
Mary Conant
May 10, 2014
March 4, 2014
There is a scholarship in the History Department at The Ohio State University in Sean's name. If you would like to make a donation please check out the website below:
Thank you, Mary Conant (Sean's Mom)
Mary Conant
March 3, 2014
For those interested in Sean's work as a historian, the published version of his award-winning School of Advanced Air and Space Studies thesis, "Who Has the Puck? Strategic Initiative in Modern, Conventional War" can be downloaded in .pdf form from from the Air University Press website, This theis is well worth the read both in its own right and as the precursor to Sean's first-class Ohio State University dissertation, "The Turn of the Tide," an in-dpeth examination of shifting strategic initiative in the South and Southwest Pacific Theaters during World War II.
Harold Winton
February 28, 2014
Sean, you were the best son anyone could hope for, you were focused, loyal, dignified, intelligent and humble. I miss you more with each passing day and I will love you with all my heart and soul all the days of my life. Love, Mom
Mary Conant
August 2, 2012
To Mary,
There are no words to express how sorry we are at the loss of your beloved son Sean. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
John & Marie
July 30, 2012
Dear Dan, Cathy, Bre, Mike, Dannah, Paul and Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Sean's passing. I will always remember fun times by the Judge Family pool and especially the night of Bre's College graduation party where I really got to know Sean, an amazing person. My heart and prayers go out to one of my all time favorite families.

Love always,

Amanda Morton
July 26, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of your son's untimely death. You and your family are in my prayers.
Sandra Holder
July 26, 2012
Mary I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son Sean. I know he was the light of your live and you will miss him terribly. Take consulation in knowing he was doing what he wanted in life, not all of us can say that. My heart felt condolences
Carolyn Ohlmeyer
July 25, 2012
Dear Barbara and family of Sean, My sincere condolences for your loss of Sean such a wonderful person, my prayer for him May the perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace and peace to all of you. PAT
patricia buttaro
July 25, 2012
Mr. & Mrs. Conant, my sincere condolences on the loss of your son Sean. Take care.
Amy Palmieri
July 24, 2012
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please know everyone here at Elder Service is thinking of you at this difficult time.
July 24, 2012
Dear Mary, Dave, Carmen and all Sean's family,
We truly cannot find words to express our sadness at the loss of your beloved Sean. Mary, we know that you suffered right along with him. He fought the good fight and so many of us were praying for him every day.
Please know that we send our sincere love and we pray that you will find inner peace. Such a beautiful spirit will always be with you.
love Dick and Brenda
July 23, 2012
Dear Cathy & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss of someone who was so obviously such a wonderful person. He was way too young. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
With sympathy,
Marie Kissel
July 23, 2012
Sean, what can I say? I loved you, my brother, and will miss you always.
Becky Fitzgibbons
July 20, 2012
To Sean's Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss of Sean. Sounds like he was a wonderful, loving and dedicated man to his family and to his country. There are no words for such a loss. Please accept our sincere sympathies. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Donna & Bernie
Donna Judge
July 20, 2012
Sean was an accomplished Airman, a gifted scholar, a devoted family man, and a magnificent human being. It was my great honor to be his thesis advisor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, where his theis on straegic initiative in World War II won the Air Force Historical Association Award for the best SAASS history thesis of 2008. At The Ohio State University, he expanded that thesis into a publishable dissertation. He was due to join our faculty in the summer of 2013. My colleagues and I shall miss him deeply, and we shall never forget him.
Hal Winton
July 20, 2012
Sean. You were an outstanding Air Force officer, a brillant scholar, and a terrific upbeat, always positive person. We shall miss you very much. Whenever you were in a class I took, I knew your presence would always turn the class Into a classic, upbeat, and rewarding learning experience. But I know that your new PCS assignment requires your singular talents. God Speed. James R. Miles, Colonel, USAF (Retired)
July 20, 2012
There are no words for such a loss. To my wonderful cousin-- you were taken from us too soon. I will always treasure my memories of you from the adorable little boy (so perfect), to the amazing and brilliant person you became (with the same boyish smile!) I have always been so proud of you and love you very, very much. A light has gone out for us all.
July 19, 2012
You're one of the finest people I've known--kind but tough, brilliant but humble, and always with your family and comrades uppermost in your heart and mind. Rest well, my friend. We'll see you again soon.
Robert Ehlers
July 19, 2012
Here's a toast....
JB, '93
July 19, 2012
I'll always remember Sean as the young boy who, with Andrew, visited my mom over the summer one year. When Sean finally got on facebook and I saw his picture, he STILL looked exactly the same (only more distinguished) - he'll remain my sweet, kind, accomplished, and much loved cousin.
July 19, 2012
Sean, You one of our Nation's finest from the best class at USAFA! Your spirit, dedication, professionalism and love for your fellow man is unsurpassed. We will miss you and remember you always. It has been an honor to serve with you. Thanks for being a great friend...One more roll for you and "Here's a toast..."
Mike Sundsted
July 19, 2012
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to LTC Sean Michael Judge our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Sean. And to Sean it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the service he rendered to his country during Bosnia and Operation Enduring Freedom while serving as a C-130 pilot in the U.S. Air Force. No greater love and patriotism is shown than a man lay down his life in service to his country. Sean, you are a loyal Air Force Warrior and a true Patriot. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Sean's family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
July 19, 2012
Dan and family, Norman and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Connie Macquarrie
July 19, 2012
Judge and Conant families...all of us at Central Catholic High School send our sincere condolences to you on Sean's passing. We share in your grief. Sean's outstanding achievements,sterling character, absolute devotion to his family and his burning desire to serve represent the highest traditions of Central Catholic High School. Sean will always be remembered in the prayers of our school community. Sean has slipped "the surly bonds of touch the face of God." You will always know where he is. May God bless you all.
David DeFillippo
July 19, 2012
Fifteen years ago when Carmen and Sean married we gained a son. We loved him dearly. Sean was an intelligent, kind and honorable man. He was the best husband and father. We will miss him everyday for the rest of our lives.
July 19, 2012
The world has lost a great father, brother, veteran, and person. Ever since I've known you, you knew what you wanted to do, and better, you accomplished it as a graduate of the Air Force Academy and pilot. I'll miss our conversations as you and I had a unique tie of being in love with US History.

Sean; Tora, Tora, Tora! You'll be missed!!! Love you Bro!!!

Carmen/Mary/Danny, my thoughts and prayers are with you!!!
Ed Conant
July 19, 2012
I knew Sean only slightly from graduate school but he was a pleasure to be around and a good man. I am greatly sorry to hear of his death.
Morgan Bennett
July 18, 2012
Sean, You were the best son that anyone could ever hope for and I will miss you for all the days of my life. You were the best gift from God to me and I loved you with all of my heart and soul. I just cannot imagine life on this Earth without you, the pain is too unbearable for me. Love, Mom
Mary Conant
July 18, 2012
Mary, Dave, Carmen and the entire family. We are so sorry for your loss. Sean and his family have been in our prayers and we will continue those. May God give you all strength to get through this difficult time. Much love, Nancy & Ben
July 18, 2012
I met Sean, Carmen and their 3 great kids at Mike and Bre's wedding two years ago. Sean was very personable and you could just tell he was an awesome Dad. My deepest condolences to Carmen, the Judges and his family and friends. May the happy memories get you through the difficult days ahead.
Karen MacIsaac
July 18, 2012
Dan and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. My...and your Raytheon family's thoughts and prayers are with you. Dan Fitzgerald
July 18, 2012
I don't know you or Michael I read his story and he sounded like a person anyone would be horoned to have known him. Bless him and all of his family and friends
Deborah Pyle
July 18, 2012
For the whole family- such sad news. We prayed so hard for Sean. May he rest in eternal peace and may the Holy Spirit comfort his family that will miss him so much. Jack and Rosemary Suhre -FL
Jack Suhre
July 18, 2012
Dear Carmen and cousins Ryan, Seth, and Amelia, Please accept our sincere condolences on losing your wonderful husband and father. Sean was just as treasured in our family and our hearts as in yours. He was such an angel to us here on earth and now, he is your personal guardian angel in Heaven. We share your pain and are here whenever you need us for love and support or if you are in need of a friend. Love Always, cousins Manny, Karen, Joe, Kerry, Nina, Mitch, and Erin.
Family Cabral
July 18, 2012
Sean was a treasured member of our family. He loved and cared for all of us but especially Carmen, Ryan, Seth, Amelia and Harley. Not many people have the ability to make a mark in this world but Sean did. Everything he did, he did with excellence and honor. Heaven will be a little brighter now. Love you always!
July 17, 2012
Carmen and children. We are so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. We were blessed we got to know him while he was at Pope. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and and family.
July 17, 2012
Carmen and kids- Im so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you as I know how difficult a time this is. Stay strong!
Jenny Hough
July 17, 2012
Dear Danny & Kathy,

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your wonderful son Sean. Words cannot express the pain you are feeling today, but may the comfort of family and friends help get you through this very sad and difficult time.
Peter & Nancy Giarrusso
July 17, 2012
God Bless you Sean Judge. We love you. Carmen and children - we are here for whatever you need. My God give you the peace and strength to go on. Love, Team Bosh
Kathy Boshar
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