Judith Mary Burd
In every generation there lives a person with such a free spirit of strength, character, kindness, gentleness, and determination that an example of life has been set for the living and generations to come.
Judith Mary Burd passed away peacefully on March 24th 2011 at her home in Campbell River B.C. with her husband and life companion Warren at her loving side. Life-long friend Cecilia from Ontario and Daughter Keli tended to her for her final weeks. Her niece Jennifer also came from Ontario to visit during this time. It was only cancer that could overcome her strength at the end to take her away early from family and loved ones. Her best friend Brenda Nelson will miss their lunches and their time together.
Born on May 6th 1944 to Nancy and William Hoyle in England, the family moved to Ontario, Canada when Judy and brother Tony were children. Judy was a constant adventurer, riding horses in barrel races in their home town of Oakville Ontario. A chance meeting with Warren while looking for a car started a relationship that would mature into husband and wife, partners in business, through both tough and good times and traveling companions in retirement. Forever the fountain of strength and encouragement in their lives, Judy and Warren shared countless memories and adventures. No stranger to new challenges, Judy earned her airbrake ticket so as to drive a 50,000 pound recreational bus. At age 60 Judy obtained her motorcycle license and traveled over 100 thousand miles in 6 years of riding Hondas, Victories, and Harley Davidson’s. It was clear that an open road was Judy’s path to happiness that she shared with so many.
Some knew Judy as a gourmet cook, while others knew her for her charm and wit. All knew her for her straight up nature and kindness. Judy was a Master Knitter, certified by the Knitters Guild of Canada. As loving mother to Keli the two shared many mother-daughter craft weekends and vacations going to quilting conventions together. As a grandparent known as ‘Darling’ to Amelia and Andrew, she shared a bond of strength and was a constant source of encouragement. As a champion mother-in-law to Michael Hansen, she will be missed for her wit, charm and charisma. She will be missed by her extended family, and all who knew her.
Cancer may have taken Judy’s life, but that victory pales when compared to Judy’s indelible mark of love that will remain on the hearts of so many. The memory of Judith Mary Burd will be forever alive. Condolences to the family may be left at www.suttonsfuneralhome.com.
A Wine & Cheese Evening to remember and celebrate Judith’s life will be held at Bill Howich Chrysler (formerly Warren Burd Motors), 2777 North Island Hwy., Campbell River, BC, on Friday, May 6th, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00pm. All relatives, friends and acquaintances are welcome to attend and share their memories of Judy.
Campbell River Funeral Home
“In Care of Arrangements”