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.
Published in Lowell Sun on Jul. 18, 2012.