LEWIS “JOE” B. JUDKINS

MORRISVILLE – Lewis (Joe) B. Judkins 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep November 21. Lewis was born in Hardwick, the son of Clarence Judkins Sr. and Pearl (Rich) Judkins.

Lewis was a dedicated and hardworking employee. He worked 15 years for the Shortsleeve Mink Farm, two years at the Briet’s Dairy Farm, 15 years at the Eden Asbestos Mines and finished out his work career as a custodian at the Stowe High School, where he loved to be around all the students and to talk about his hunting and fishing ventures with them.

Lewis was a family man who loved sending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loved going out to eat and visiting with everyone along the way. He loved talking about hunting. If he didn’t know you, the first question he’d ask was “Do you hunt?” and then the conversation would go from there. He was always up for a conversation with anyone.

He loved his country music; you could go by the family home and hear it blasting through the windows on a warm day. In the fall, you could find him out looking for deer and getting ready for the deer or bear season to come, that was his favorite time of year. He loved to hunt no matter what it was. If his boys or someone joined him, he was even happier. Spring would start the fishing season and before he lost his fishing partner you could find him and his sister, Debbie, out by the rivers fishing away.

Lewis is survived by his partner and loving wife Jane Thomas Judkins for 40 years, his children Sherrie Bull of Hardwick, Merrie Gagnon and husband Mark of Naples, Fla., Darrin Judkins and partner Maureen of Norwich, Jeannie Walsh and husband Jeremy of Hardwick, Jeremy Judkins and partner Stacey Boivin of Wolcott; stepchildren Rose Larrabee and husband John of Eden, Darlene McFarlane and husband John of Waterbury, and Joe Polieo and wife Jenn of Morrisville; his siblings Tara Champy, Mary Lou Cooper, Russell Lamphere, Ronnie Judkins, Donna Bernadino, Cheryl Potter, Linda Dudley, Patty Allaire, and Larry Lamphere. Lewis is also survived by multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he loved very much.

He is predeceased by his parents, Clarence Judkins Sr. and Pearl Rich Judkins, sister Debbie Fellows, brother Clarence Judkins Jr., sons Randy Judkins and Terry Judkins, grandson Terry Judkins Jr. and granddaughter, Crystal Judkins.

A visitation will be held at Faith Funeral Home, 165 Brooklyn St., Morrisville, on Saturday, Dec. 11, beginning at 1 p.m., service to follow at 2 p.m., with Father Paul.