PREEPER, Ju­dith V.

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

Satur­day, May 27, 2017 was a day of ex­treme grief when Judi died at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal from a lung re­lated dis­ease.

Judi be­gan her life in New Water­ford on Oc­to­ber 3, 1947, join­ing a grow­ing and mod­est min­ing fam­ily. With few ameni­ties at their dis­posal, her fa­ther, Dan and mother, Alice im­parted to her many valu­able gifts that would en­able her to de­velop a unique per­son­al­ity and a strong char­ac­ter. This was ex­hib­ited by a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, hu­mil­ity, tenac­ity, a will­ing­ness to learn and im­prove and a con­sum­mate sense of giv­ing rather than re­ceiv­ing. Judi earned her grade 12 level through the GED pro­gram and suc­cess­fully com­pleted the sec­re­tar­ial com­po­nent at the Cape Bre­ton Busi­ness Col­lege. She was a member of the St. John Am­bu­lance, do­ing early duty at the Pier Rink. She be­came a Red Cross First Aid in­struc­tor and taught many classes at the youth level. Her unas­sum­ing lead­er­ship and mix of abil­i­ties be­came most ap­par­ent with her 14 year in­volve­ment with the 587 Whit­ney Pier Air Cadet Squadron. Here, be­sides be­ing a mother to many, she rose to the rank of Cap­tain, plac­ing first in her qual­i­fy­ing class. She earned some of the high­est marks in the prov­ince ac­cord­ing to for­mal as­sess­ments car­ried out by Mar­itime Com­mand for her work in ad­min­is­tra­tion and sup­ply. She com­mit­ted many of her sum­mers work­ing with the cadet sum­mer camp at CFB Green­wood as a Duty Of­fi­cer, a First Aid In­struc­tor and a su­per­vi­sor of the Fly­ing Schol­ar­ship pro­gram. She met her love, life part­ner and best friend, Ross, early in life and af­ter mar­riage, spent 52 years car­ing, pro­tect­ing, lov­ing and ded­i­cat­ing her life to him. She was in­stru­men­tal in pro­vid­ing for and keep­ing their fam­ily to­gether when Ross left the steel plant in 1968 to at­tend an off is­land univer­sity to earn his teach­ing cer­tifi­cate. She was known by many for her artis­tic abil­i­ties and su­pe­rior cook­ing skills, but most of all for giv­ing her prod­uct away to fam­ily and friends. Un­like most, she was not shy to share her se­crets or in­for­ma­tion she dis­cov­ered that would im­prove a dish. Judi worked in many jobs, but most in re­tail, fin­ish­ing her ca­reer as man­ager of Brass Villa at the Mayflower Mall. Judi had an un­canny gift for read­ing peo­ple and sit­u­a­tions, re­sult­ing in in­ter­ven­tions that proved pos­i­tive for many. In Judi’s case, these clichés do ap­ply.

“There are no words to ex­press how much she will be missed by spe­cial fam­ily and friends. She was a very spe­cial and unique per­son. Words can­not do jus­tice to ex­press your life’s con­tri­bu­tion.” Good bye! We love you, Judi.

Judi leaves be­hind her hus­band, Ross; daugh­ter, Deb­o­rah MacLean Wilkin­son; grand­chil­dren, Micheal MacLean, Laura MacLean and Ash­ley MacLean; broth­ers, Greg (Vir­ginia) Head, Ken (Kath­leen) Head and Ti­mothy (Su­san) Head; sis­ters, Stella (Lloyd) Lohnes, Mar­garet (John) Ma­clel­lan, Kay (Martin) MacPhee and Su­san (Greg) Pat­ter­son; brother-in-law and sis­ter-in-law, Rick (Sharon) Preeper.

Pre­de­ceased by par­ents, Dan and Alice (Roper) Head; sis­ter, Joan MacIsaac, and broth­ers, Harry and Rus­sell Head.

Cre­ma­tion has taken place un­der the di­rec­tion of Syd­ney Memo­rial Chapel. As per Judi’s wishes, there will be no visi­ta­tion or ser­vice. Her only wish was that you simply ap­pre­ci­ate her life.

Words of com­fort can be sent to the fam­ily at www. syd­neymemo­ri­alchapel.ca or email syd­neymemo­ri­alchapel@ ns.sym­pa­tico.ca.

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