Chief Charles Chandler “Buddy” Judd, Jr.

WATERTOWN — Chief Charles Chandler “Buddy” Judd, Jr., of Woodpark Drive, passed away peacefully Friday, August 2, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was the loving husband of Carol (Morrow) Judd.

Buddy was born January 7, 1929 in Waterbury, the son of the late Charles Chandler Judd, Sr., and Marion Taylor Judd. He attended Watertown schools and graduated from Watertown High School. He was a Korean War veteran, having served with the U.S. Army.

He married Carol in 1954 and together they raised a family, giving 65 years of loyalty and love to each other.

He joined the Watertown Fire Department in 1949, serving the town for 42 years as a lieutenant, captain, deputy chief, deputy fire marshal, and most notably as chief and fire marshal for five consecutive terms of office. He leaves the department, his second family, with a legacy of devotion, bravery, leadership and lifelong friendships.

Buddy was an avid birdwatcher and loved his gardens, camping in Rhode Island, and spending time with family and friends, especially during his favorite holiday, Christmas.

Buddy was devoted to his family. His witty character brought smiles to everyone who lovingly called him “Grumpy.”

Besides his wife, Carol, he leaves two sons, Charles Chandler Judd, III, and his wife, Cathy, of Bristol, and Curtiss C. Judd and his wife, Emily, of Watertown; a daughter, Carrie Fotos and her husband, Peter, of Watertown; a brother, William Judd and his wife, Sharon, of South Carolina; six grandchildren, Christopher and his wife, Christine, Charles C., IV and his wife, Nicole, Neil and his wife, Rachel, Curtiss, Cassandra and Ian; seven great-grandchildren, Christopher Jr., Liam, Mackenzie, Chase, Ben, Haddie and Quinn; and many nieces and nephews. 

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Robert; his sister, Ann Palmer, and his grandson, Ryan.

Funeral services took place August 6 at the Woodward Chapel (formerly Christ Church), 25 The Green in Watertown, followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements were by Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., Watertown.

Memorial donations may be made to Watertown Fire Department, 935 Main St., Watertown.

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