Joseph W Judge, Jr.

Born: Tue., Jan. 10, 1928
Died: Sat., Jun. 2, 2018


12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Sat., Jun. 23, 2018
Location: Our Lady of Mercy

Mass of Christian Burial

1:30 PM Sat., Jun. 23, 2018
Location: Our Lady of Mercy

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Joseph W. “Joe” Judge, 90, of Bethlehem Township, PA, formerly of Frenchtown, NJ, and Richmond, VA, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his family on Saturday, June 2, 2018. He was the husband of Patricia Anne (Farley) Judge. They would have celebrated their 66thwedding anniversary on June 14th.

Born January 10, 1928 in Nyack, NY, he was the son of the late Joseph and Beatrice (Hewlett) Judge.

After graduating Pearl River High School in Pearl River, NY, Joe earned his Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University.

Joe honorably served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant.

He was a mill manager for many years for the former Riegel Paper Company in Milford, NJ, which later merged with James River Paper Corporation, headquartered in Richmond, VA.   During his time as an executive there, he purchased more paper pulp than anyone in the world.

Everyone who knew Joe will smile at the mention of his name. His humor and humility were appreciated wherever he went. Leftover pie on his cereal was his favorite breakfast and he was happiest when he was gardening or fishing.

Joe loved the outdoors and shared his love of growing things as a Penn State Extension program Master Gardener, especially with the youth at Northampton County’s Juvenile Justice Center, area schools and the farmers market in Easton. A link to an article on his work as master gardener is here:

He was passionate about preserving the environment and social justice, volunteering with the Bushkill Stream Conservancy and with the Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern.

He devoted much of his life to volunteerism and served others in various way, including being a
past-president of the Holland Township Elementary School Board; a former Chair of Riegel Ridge Pool; was a member of the Riegel Ridge Foundation; was a founding member of the Oak Hill Golf Course; all in Holland Township, NJ; the RSVP of Lehigh, Northampton & Carbon Counties; Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary in Williams Township, PA; former member of Board of Directors at Hunterdon Medical Center Flemington,  NJ; President of his college alumni association; past-president of the Holy Name Society at church and was a member several professional paper organizations.

In addition to his wife, Patricia, Joe is survived by their children, Mary Judge and husband Gyo Obata; Eileen Judge and daughter Amelia Cohen; Joseph Judge and wife Teri; John Judge and wife Sharon and their children, Meghan Chab and husband Ian, Scott Judge; Timothy Judge and wife Ellen and their children, Felicity Inscoe and husband Taylor, Shane, Kaeleigh Judge; Elizabeth Wyant and husband Mark and their children, Nicholas and wife Kara, and Brian Wyant.

He is predeceased by sister Patricia and brother Robert. Surviving nieces/nephews are Bonnie Flynn and husband Damian, Scott and Douglas McFarlane.

The family will receive guests beginning at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Our Lady of Mercy Church (St Bernard’s), 132 S 5th St, Easton, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m., followed by interment in Northampton Memorial Shrine, Palmer Township, PA. The family asks those planning an expression of sympathy, to please consider giving a day of your time to a deserving organization in your area. A list of suggestions will be provided at the memorial ceremony following the interment. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Noto-Wynkoop Funeral Home, 289 South Main St, Phillipsburg, NJ.

Joe’s favorite quote: “Had to call in sick, my arm is in a cast….Gone Fishing!” (but always throwing them back.)

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Sharon and Ted Morrison
   Posted Sun June 17, 2018
In 1989, Joe and Patricia were so welcoming and hospitable to us when we moved to a home across the street from theirs in Stratford Hills, Richmond,Virginia. We rejoice that Joe lived such a long and meaningful life. We are sorry for your loss.

   Posted Mon June 18, 2018
Pat, we are thinking of you at this very difficultl time. We enjoyed so much having you and Joe in our Stratford Hill community. Our prayers are with you and the family.

Fran and Otis Brown

   Posted Mon June 18, 2018
Pat, our thoughts and payers are with you at this most difficult time. We enjoyed so much having you and Joe as a part of our Stratford Hills Community.

Fran and Otis Brown