Tributes: Joe Judge 1928-2018

Tributes:  Joe Judge 1928-2018

A true friend to many and a devoted supporter of EFM — Joe Judge lived a full life as he and his wife, Pat, raised six children, but still had time to have a successful career in the US paper industry and support many local community organizations wherever the Judge family made their home.  I knew Joe many years ago at the Riegel paper mill in Milford and when i was pursuing my career in human resources he was my boss.  No matter what was happening at work, whenever I asked, “How are you?,” Joe always replied, “Just peachy!”  That was his mantra and and it continued throughout his life as he always looked at the positive side and encouraged others to do the same.  It was a real pleasure for me to meet Joe again when I became a volunteer for the Easton Farmers’ Market and to see him enjoying his passion for gardening and teaching others the benefit of growing healthy food.  So, Joe, thank you for being ‘peachy’ — you will be missed but your positive spirit will always be with us!!  Alice Ziegler

Over the last 15 years there have been some very special people who helped revitalize EFM and grow it into the vibrant market that it is today. We are sad to say that we lost one of of those people this past weekend.  Joe Judge, was our resident Master Gardener, our composting guru, and our beloved “tomato man.” He was at the table when we set out to rebuild EFM in 2006. He raised thousands of dollars for Solar Cookers International by cooking with his solar cooker at the market. He was always there to lend a hand and offer a smile, and teach others about the importance of sustainability – in his own gentle way. When he wasn’t at the market he was working on gardening projects with youth in the City’s West Ward, or doing water testing for the Bushkill Stream Conservancy, or best of all celebrating life with his beautiful family. .The Easton Farmers’ Market is a far better place because of you Joe. We love you, and thank you for your wisdom, passion and spirit. We will miss you immensely. Rest in Peace.  Megan McBride