WATERTOWN — Frederick F. Judd, II, passed away on January 3, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was just shy of his 86th birthday.
Fred was born in Waterbury in 1936. He was a student of the Watertown school system, and a graduate of Watertown High School.
He attended Cheshire Academy for a postgraduate year, and was a graduate of St. Michael’s College and Boston College.
He returned to Watertown to help his parents, Frank and Margaret Judd, run their dairy farm, which eventually became Judd Farm Day Camp.
Fred will be remembered for his love for his wife, Peggy, and his farm.
His legacy is having provided generations of children with happy memories of hayrides and fluffernutters as the director of Judd Farm Day Camp for 50 years.
A biologist, he will also be remembered by many as a leader in conservation, serving as a board member of the Connecticut Conservation Commission and as a teacher at Watertown High School.
Over the years, his family frequently met people who said, “I went to Judd Farm,” or “Your father was my biology teacher.” He was always happy to meet former campers and students.
His children said that Fred was truly one of a kind. He was a consummate napper, detested dress clothing and shoes, and loved to travel the country by train, often without a plan or particular destination.
A lover of “unusual cuisine,” his first question to his children after traveling anywhere was, “How was the food?”
There wasn’t an occasion too formal that he didn’t punctuate with a heart-stopping sneeze. With his friends, he built a nature observation tower and several barns. He loved tractor shows, opera music, asking his children the plots of movies he couldn’t sit through, and although color blind, the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh “for the colors.”
Jonathan Winters and Johnny Carson made him laugh.
Fred was the most fun on family vacations, many of them to historical landmarks where he would ask guides impossible questions, like what kind of mortar did the Pilgrims used to build Plymouth Plantation, incredulous that they didn’t know the answers.
He imparted the importance of education to his children, and created life-long friendships with people of many ages.
Fred is predeceased by his sisters, Cynthia Judd Campbell and Marcia Judd Cestar, and his nephew, Paul Judd Campbell, and niece Margaret Campbell.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Glasheen Judd; his six children and their spouses, Rick Judd and Lisa Drescher Judd, Sarah Judd Nedell and Michael Nedell, Tom Judd, Elizabeth Judd Cummings and Robert Cummings, Allison Judd, and Andrew Judd; his four grandchildren and their spouses, Sebastian Cummings, Olivia Eggstein and Christopher Eggstein, Caroline Judd and Benjamin Judd; his nephew, James Campbell, his wife, Linda Campbell, and their family; brother-in-law, Victor Cestar, and the Cestar cousins.
The family would like to thank Debra Bavone, “St. Debra,” their father’s longtime caregiver, “for her loving care of our father. “Debra credits Fred with teaching her patience; we credit Debra with making our father’s final years comfortable and safe.”
Due to Covid-19, there will be no calling hours. A brief outdoor burial ceremony was held on Monday, January 10, at East Morris Cemetery in Morris.
The Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s name may be made to his beloved St. Michael’s College, One Winooski Ave., Colchester, Vt. 05639.
Everyone seems to have a story about our father, so please share them with us and each other. He would love that.
For additional information or to leave an online message of condolence, visit www.hickcoxfuneralhome.com.