Long-time curling volunteer Judie Roberts passed away peacefully on April 7, 2017, at Victoria Hospice after a busy “retirement” during which she refused to let cancer prevent her from travelling, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying life.
Born November 28, 1941, in Calgary, Judie lived in Vancouver and Montreal in her youth, graduated from Magee High School and attended the University of British Columbia, studying Home Economics. She met Lyle at the Avenue Grill in Kerrisdale, they fell madly in love, and were married in January 1960. With their two boys John and Stephen, Judie and Lyle lived in many of the lovely towns of British Columbia: Vancouver, Squamish, Burnaby, Chetwynd, Hudson Hope, Castlegar, Texada Island, Qualicum Beach, Qualicum Bay, Nanaimo, and Victoria.
Judie worked as a stenographer and administrative assistant at her sons’ high school and school board office, an RCMP detachment, a heavy equipment distributor, and a municipality. She was respected for her high standards and attention to detail.
Judie and Lyle started curling in Hudson Hope and were active members of the curling clubs in Castlegar and their other homes. Judie and her Castlegar rink were competitive and qualified for the BC Women’s championship in 1973 and 1983. Judie loved the camaraderie of the curling community and was a leader in local, regional and provincial organizations, as well as an enthusiastic teacher to young people and to people with disabilities. She became involved with the BC Ladies Curling Association in the 1980s where she was District Convenor and Secretary, and was part of the committee that amalgamated curling in the province. In 2004 she received the Janette Robbins/Builder/Sport BC President’s Award, and she served as President of Curl BC from 2005 to 2007. Judie was named a Life Member of Curl BC in 2007, and maintained her ties to the organization by contributing to several curling development programs, while also volunteering on the awards committee.
Terry Vandale, Past President of Curl BC, said: “Judie Roberts touched many people over the years with her kind heart, her beautiful smile and her wonderful attitude about life.
“I will miss my conversations with her whether I had something good, bad or ugly to say. She always lifted my spirits. Somehow when I called to check in with her it ended up being about the curling world.”
Heather Lindsay-Lecuyer said: “I loved her and admired her, especially throughout her journey the past few years. She handled life’s ups and downs with class and dignity. On top of that, she had an infectious sense of humour and a quick wit.”
Lyle and Judie enjoyed travelling, both close to home and around the world. They spent years in ‘Cyndyn’ exploring the Inside Passage to Haida Gwaii, toured Alaska in 2001, and sailed around Vancouver Island in 2004. In later years, they visited Judie’s sister Jo in England, their son Stephen in the Philippines and Abu Dhabi, and her mother’s family (Lea) in PEI. They cruised the Baltic, around Cape Horn, and across the Pacific, rode the train across Australia, and enjoyed the French Riviera, Machu Picchu and many other destinations.
She is predeceased by her parents, John (Jack) and Marie, and survived by a family that she held dear: Lyle, her loving husband of 57 years, son John and his wife Traci, son Stephen and his wife Melca, grandchildren Jakob, Mikayla, Colton, and Chica, sisters Linda and Joanne, and cousin Patricia.
A private family memorial will be held this summer. Donations in her memory may be made to your favourite charity, but Judie would be happy to hear that we have spent our time to stay connected with friends and family.