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Born: May 25, 1939

Date of Passing: Jul 09, 2022

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Judy Brown (nee Smallacombe) passed away peacefully July 9, 2022 at Golden Links Lodge, in Winnipeg, MB, at the age of 83. She was born on May 25, 1939 in Winnipeg, MB, the only child of George and Alice Smallacombe.
She is survived by John, her husband of 53 years; her two daughters, Pamela Holtz (David) and Andrea Pimlott; and four grandchildren, DJ and Erika Holtz and Aidan and Colin Pimlott. She had many friends and cousins and will be missed especially by her long time friend, Lee Chalmers, of Pickering, ON.
Judy lived her entire life in Winnipeg, attending Luxton School, St. Mary's Academy and St. Paul's College. At University, she joined the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and remained active with the ZTA alumnae until recently. After university, she worked in the actuarial department of Great West Life, and later worked for Statistics Canada until retirement.
Judy met John at the Winnipeg Canoe Club, and began a relationship filled with family, many friends, and social activities. Bridge club, travel, sports, summers at Perch Bay Resort and the social life at 65 Paget filled their time, especially in retirement.
A lifelong volunteer, Judy dedicated her time to many causes. She actively fundraised for many charities, delivered Meals on Wheels, and volunteered in support of several provincial and federal political campaigns. She was a long-time member of St. Mark's Anglican Church and served on the vestry, altar guild, as the treasurer and sang in the choir. She supported every one of her daughters' pursuits by driving, chaperoning, making costumes, coaching, hosting parties and being a constant presence in the stands and audience for every game and concert.
Judy was an athlete and avid sports fan. As a child and teen, she figure skated with the Assiniboine Figure Skating Club and was a Winnipeg Blue Bombers Bomberette. She participated in many sports throughout her life including basketball, volleyball, curling, golf, badminton, and bowling. At various times, she was a season ticket holder for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Winnipeg Jets (WHA and 1.0) and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. She was her kids' and grandkids' number one fan, travelling the city, province and country to cheer them on.
In 2022, Judy was honoured by being inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in the Builder category, capping off decades of involvement in the sport. She was President of the Manitoba Ladies Curling Association in 1990-1991 and was later granted an Honorary Life Membership in the MLCA. Judy was a multi-term president of both the Grain Exchange and Wildewood Ladies and served on several provincial boards and committees. Notably during her term as MLCA president she also served on the Board of the 1991 Winnipeg World Championship Committee. As a curler she remained active until her late 70s and competed in the 1990 Senior Women's and 2001 Diamond Ladies Provincial Championships.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Mark's Anglican Church, 19 St. Mark's Place, Winnipeg, on Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the church hall. A private family interment will be held later at Chapel Lawn Cemetery.
Many thanks to staff at Golden Links Lodge, Realcare, The Waverley and Rosewood retirement homes, and Deer Lodge Prime for their care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 16, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Condolences to Judy’s husband and family from the Pembina Ladies Curling Club. - Posted by: Paige McLeod (President of the Pembina Ladies Curling Club) on: Jul 25, 2022

  • John, I was deeply saddened to hear of Judy’s passing. I have always remembered how gracious Judy was to me during my visits to your home. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. - Posted by: Marcie Ewatski (Former co-worker) on: Jul 17, 2022

  • Dear John, Andrea and Pam: Sending my sincere sympathy to your family. We moved into Paget Street to discover we had the best neighbours. Judy was the great baker - St. Patrick Day cookies for the building - great irish coffe - she was always involved or helping out. We baked dozens of cranberry scones for our Royal Wedding Party. I have, in my recipe drawer a recipe called "Andrea's favourite banana muffins. I think of you both every time I make them. We laughed together, cried together, sang together and were known to have a few drinks together on occasion. She added joy and grace to my life and she will be missed. Bonnie Thomson (apt 401) - Posted by: Bonnie Thomson (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2022

  • So sorry to have read of Judy’s passing. She was always a friendly face at any of the curling events she would be volunteering at. - Posted by: Karen Zapisocki (Curler) on: Jul 16, 2022

  • We were saddened to hear of Judy's passing. Her desire to give her girls the best experiences in sports and life was to be admired. Our sincere sympathies to John, Pam and Andrea. Bill and Merrilee Anthony, Didsbury, AB - Posted by: Bill and Merrilee Anthony (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2022

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