On February 21, 2022, an unusually beautiful, spring-like day, Kenneth Judd, Sr., of Lebanon, drew his last breath and departed this world on a ray of sunlight to join his maker. Even at 60 years of age, Ken maintained a childlike fascination and uncommon affinity for nature. He often spent his free time strolling the gardens; finding joy in the growth of vegetables, noting the vibrant colors of fall leaves, admiring dewdrops on flowers and marveling at the shimmer of snowflakes reflecting from the fallen snow on a crisp winter morning. He celebrated most days by rising before the dawn to go buy a coffee and parking at a secluded spot to watch the sunrise before heading home. He lived to appreciate the small things most of us tend to overlook, and for that alone, he was a remarkable man.
His varied career primarily focused on his technical ingenuity. He began as an engineer and technician configuring and fixing equipment for the banking industry. He was immensely proud of his work as a research and development scientist; exploring new ways to produce and manufacture artificial light in ways now used around the world. Later, he devoted his energy to the comfort and care of the injured and disabled; creating, customizing and maintaining assistive technology and mobility devices for scores of struggling individuals and families around the state. In the final couple of years leading up to his retirement, he provided medical transport to people in need.
A former member of the Patriot Guard, he was committed to supporting the grieving families of veterans and armed services personnel lost in combat. He attended countless funerals and participated in fundraisers to benefit surviving family members. He often went out of his way to thank those in public service, veterans, and active military personnel with heartfelt gratitude and a sincere handshake. His life touched so many in positive ways that even he did not fully recognize.
His sense of humor, hearty laugh, infectious smile, playful ways and devotion to his family and friends are sorely missed and leaves a tremendous void in the lives of those who loved and knew him. He leaves behind his loving wife of 31 years, Susannah (Laws) Judd and his three adoring sons, Kenneth II, Christopher and Kevin Judd of Lebanon. He is also survived by two sisters, Karen Judd of Delaware and Jean Walsh of Colchester, and a large extended family and dear friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Carmela “Connie” Judd of Colchester and his father, Jack R. Judd of Deer Park, Texas.
Per his wishes, Ken’s life will be celebrated in a small, privately held gathering at a time to be determined by his surviving family.