Irwin, Judy Lynn

Irwin, Judy Lynn

March 24th, 2016

Peacefully in her sleep with family by her side at University Hospital, on March 24th, 2016, in her 61st year.  Loving companion of Gary Anderson.  Cherished Mom of Kristen and Karen.  Devoted daughter of Jim Howatt.  Dear sister of Connie Bratt, Joan (Bert) Vandendool and Larry (Elizabeth) Howatt.  Judy will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her first husband Ron Irwin (2003) and her mother Delores Howatt (2014).  Judy was a dedicated and respected Registered OR Nurse at London Health Sciences Centre for 38 years.  Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the memorial service will be conducted on Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.  Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Judy are asked to consider the London Regional Cancer Program.

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Book of Condolences

Dagmar and Chuck JoostenI would like to send out my condolences to Judy's family and friend Gary. Judy was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. She will be in my heart forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Dagmar and Chuck
Janice RichmondI got to know Judy at the hospital when we were implementing the nursing computer system in the OR. I enjoyed Judy's friendly disposition and she always greeted me with a smile. She will be truly missed by the patients, her colleagues and all those who had the opportunity to work with her. My thoughts and prayers to all of you as you navigate this difficult time.
David H. SmithMy sincerest condolences to Judy's friends and family - This is devastating to our Victoria Hospital O.R. family too. I had worked with Judy (along with most of us) for as long as I've had a career. Her gentle demeanor and voice along with mastery of her profession brought comfort to an often challenging environment. Can't believe a month ago, everything seemed fine - just can't take anything for granted....
Rae McKennaCondolences to Judy's family and friends. I Always think fondly of working with Judy. She was an outstanding O.R. Nurse !Great smile My thoughts and Prayers with you.
Lynn CoveneySorry for your loss. It was my pleasure to work with Judy in the OR at Vic. Her skill, dedication, and most of all her caring heart will not be forgotten
Leanne DerrahHow sad to lose such a kind hearted person. Judy was always a pleasure to work with and no matter how much stress she had in her life she remained positive and strong. What a loss for her family, friends and co workers. Rest in Peace Judy.
Mariam DidiMy sincerest sympathy to Judy's family and friends. The sad news of Judy's sudden parting has deeply effected the people she worked with in the OR at LHSC. She will be dearly missed.
Gaylene HendersonOur sincere condolences Gary, Karen and Kristen, and to all of Judy's family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all. Hal, Gaylene and family.
Karen BurnettMy deepest sympathies are with Judys family and friends at this time of grieving. Judy was an absolute pleasure to work with through the years she will be missed. Though the body dies, the soul lives on. Judy was a beautiful soul.
Christopher J ChinI was very saddened to hear of Judy's passing. She was an excellent nurse and was always cheerful, no matter the circumstances.
Karen DunnI was saddened by the news . Many shifts 182spent with Judy during my OR career. Always a pleasure to work with and spoke of her family with such pride. My deepest condolences to her family. May your fondest memories be what gets you through.
Liz CrowleyHow very sad to hear of Judy's illness and sudden passing. Judy was my mentor when I returned from a lengthy LOA . She was kind, caring, and a wealth of information. She made my transition back to work much easier. I was very grateful to have her at my side. Judy loved her family, and my heart goes out to them.
Charli & Ian Ryan Sending our sincere condolences to Gary, Kristen, Karen and all of Judy's family & friends. Our hearts ache for you all during this time All our love Ian and Charli
Guy & Bonnie EthierSending our sincere condolence to Gary and Judy's family. It breaks our heart to say goodbye. Judy had an amazing gentle spirit. She was so well respected and loved by all who had the pleasure of being in her company. As you slipped away into eternity may peace and love surround you for ever.
Paula GrangerMy deepest sympathy to all of Judy's family and friends at this very difficult time. It is difficult to bear the loss of someone so wonderful. Judy will be missed dearly. May your memories be a comfort to you.
Ann RyanMy sincere condolences to you Karen. My heart aches for you. Hugs, Ann
Sylvia OchnikI was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear colleague Judy. She was a remarkable lady and an excellent nurse. My most sincere condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones in this difficult time. Judy has touched the lives of many. She will be greatly missed.
Jenn SleegersMy most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of our dear Judy. She was such a wonderful person, friend and coworker. I will never forget her and our years together in the OR. My heart breaks for all that knew and loved her. I'm so sorry that I cannot be there to pay my respects, but my thoughts will be with everyone sharing in the grief. Rest peacefully my friend. XO
Tammy Poulin My sincere condolences to Judys family and friends. Judy was an extraordinary woman who was an excellent nurse, amazing mother, and wonderful friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who have Judy in their hearts at this difficult time...I am honoured to have known such an incredible lady who had an enormous passion for family, friends and work. Massive Hugs to Kristen and Karen xo
Jill & Ralph GeigerDear Gary, Kristen & Karen, Jim, Connie, Joan, & Larry & families, Judy was many things to those who loved her. To me: a loyal friend & colleague from Nurse's training. Judy was a gentle soul , who like others was not immune to life's challenges, yet she faced each one with a gracious acceptance. When we gathered socially, most recently, she was eager for the future. Judy was blessed to have found relationship happiness twice in her lifetime. 'Til we meet again, Judy' With caring thoughts, Jill (Drysdale) & Ralph Geiger
Dolores, Ian and Bailey Fulton.Our condolences to Gary, and all of Judy's family and freinds. She was a great neighbor and loved her beautiful garden on Phillbrook Crescent. She loved her daughters deeply and talked about them very fondly during our many outside driveway chats. I am saddened by the loss of this soft spoken lady with a big smile. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Liz Wilson I was so sorry to read about Judy's illness and passing. I would see her often, way back when, and I send heartfelt sympathy to the family and her friends.
Sandy HarwoodMy sincere condolences to Judy's family and friends. Judy was a professional, who shared her clinical knowledge wth countless new staff in Victoria Hospital OR. She was so kind and welcoming to all of them. Personally, I will always be grateful for her support. Rest in peace Judy, you will be missed by many.
Rita and Brian KennedyOur deepest sympathy to Gary and all of Judy's family. She was a wonderful friend, co-worker and mother and will be truly missed by all. Friends since grade 9, in each others wedding party, intertwined through kids, travel, work and hobbies for almost 50 years she will be in my heart forever
Patrick RyanMy deepest condolences go out to Karen and family. May care and love of those around provide comfort and peace.
Gerry and Elaine GreenwoodSending our thoughts and prayers to Gary and Judy's families. Judy was very friendly and down to earth when we met her. It was easy to understand why Gary loved her. Our condolences to you all.
Laura RobinsonJudy you had such a way about you. You were smart and you would never back down from a challenge. You loved your family and friends unconditionally, speaking of your daughters with pride and maternal concern. You found strong, loving relationships- twice blessed. I'm so glad to have had your friendship for the past 42 years. Rest peacefully my friend and co worker.
Elaine SteeleJudy and I use to share a job in the OR many years ago. Had it not been for her flexibility and sweet disposition I never would of been able to continue working. Connie, its been a long time, but I think you understand what I am trying to say. Personally I am still in shock by all of this. RIP Judy. You rocked.
Joanna and Stephen GaebelMy heartfelt condolences to Judy's family- she was so wonderful to work with and have many heartfelt discussions with. Truly, my memories of her will be happy. I pray that all the love and kindness she gave and the good memories help you through this sad time.
Miriam A CassidyKristen, Karen and Gary and all of Judy's family My heartfelt condolences. What a sad and sudden loss to a caring and wonderful co-worker. I am in shock by your passing Judy. May you Rest in Peace.
Sam and Brad CallumSending our deepest sympathy and thoughts to Kristen and Karen - your mother was so proud of you two, to her loving partner Gary, to Connie and Joan, the best sisters, to her dad Jim and brother Larry and families. For over 40 years we have journeyed together Jude, we've been through so much together and I am so very sad that we are parting ways. Wherever your journey takes you now our souls are connected and you will remain cherished within my heart...until we meet again my dear friend
Lois TebbuttJoan and Bert and family: We were so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your dear sister, Judy. We are thinking of you, your dad, Connie, Larry and all your families at this time. Sincerely, Wayne and Lois Tebbutt
Cathy AikenI know Judy from our high school days. She was always fun-loving, kind with a sweet and gentle spirit. My heart goes out to her daughters, Kristen and Karen, her companion, Gary, her dad and to Connie, Joan and Larry and their families.
Sandi WalshIt is with great sadness and with shock that I find myself writing this message in honour of my dear friend Judy. I have known Judy for a few short but valuable years. We had many heart to heart chats and lots of laughs on our drives to and from work. She was a wise woman with good advice. She was a strong and passionate individual who stood for equality and was always looking out for her coworkers to make the day and life better for everyone. All the condolences I have read on this site have captured the essence of her personality. Everyone is absolutely right about the smile on her face and she always greeted everyone with a welcomed hello. She spoke fondly of her girls, and loved them with all her heart. She was dedicated to her family and adored Gary and her family. I will truly miss her. My sincere sympathies.
Pat RoySaddened to learn of Judy's passing. Judy was so helpful to me as a newly graduated RN working in ICU at Victoria Hospital, south street campus. I learned so much from her , which helped build my confidence. She was a wonderful, caring person. Sending our deepest sympathy to her family. Sincerely, Bill and Pat Roy
Cheryl and Garry O'BrienIt is with great sadness that we leave this short tribute to one of life's best! Through 30 years of friendship we have shared many good times, along with times of extreme heartache and sorrow. Judy's strength humour and love will never be forgotten through it all. She had a passion for life that all who knew her will agree to and cherish forever The friendship of both Ron and Judy throughout our life has truly been an honour. They now leave behind two beautiful daughters who provided incredible joy and pride. The strength and love you have inherited will now be put to the test. Most heartfelt sympathy to both of you. To Gary, Judy was taken from you way too soon. She was so fortunate and grateful to have you come into her life and have your love and comfort during her most desparate days. To those left behind....Gary, Karen, Kristen, Jim, Joan, Connie, Larry and families & all our friends....May Judy live on in all of us! You will never be forgotten dear Friend!
John YooOur entire department was saddened to hear of Judy's passing. Judy was an exceptional nurse who was respected by all who worked with her. But even more than this she was a special person who made peoples' lives better every day - patients, colleagues, and friends alike. We will all miss Judy very much. Our condolences to Kristen, Karen and the entire family.
Linda Kearney My deepest condolences to Judy's family! Such a sudden loss of a beautiful woman, whom meant so much to all that knew her! I worked for many years with Judy in the OR and we became good friends during those years! I have many fond memories that I will cherish !
Mary MurrayJudy was my friend for over forty years. She was a devoted mother respected nurse and loving friend. Kristen, Karen, Gary and family my sincere sympathy is with you. I will never forget our good times laughs and friendship.
Jocelyn LeBlancWhen we started out together in the NICU on South Street we were a group of young women just starting our careers and our lives. So many years have passed in friendship - it is so hard to let you go. Judy, you took such joy and pride in your daughters and in your family. You will be greatly missed.
Margaret MurrayMy sincere condolences to Judy's family. Judy will always remain in my heart, as a lovely smiling and dedicated nurse. It has been along while since, I worked with Judy and it is with sadness, I have heard of her passing. To all who knew her, she will remain in our prayers. Judy , you will be greatly missed and may you remain in peace with the Lord.
Randy MillarJudy was a classmate of mine at both Hullett Central and CHSS. She was a great person. I am certain that she positively touched a countless number of lives both through her nursing career and her relationships with family and friends. My sincerest condolences to all her family on their loss.
wendy wyseI have only known Judy for a few years but we shared a love for" The Young and the Restless" and when we worked together that was our only catch up time on the soap we shared many a laugh over this and I will miss that as silly as it is, but I will miss her smile and kind words she always had for me....May God Bless your family with strength to carry them through this difficult time.. Sincerely, Wendy
Lois EdeyTo Gary, Karen, Kristen and all Judy's family. Judy has been my best friend since childhood and I will miss her dearly. May her wonderful memories sustain you in this time of sorrow.
Raymond LeeMy sincerest condolences to Judy's family and friends. I was shocked to hear the news when I walked into the OR on Thursday. There was a definite sadness all around that was palpable. On behalf of our department, and from all of us who had the pleasure of working with Judy over the years, we appreciated your skill, caring and dedication. I always enjoyed working with Judy....fixing people with some good laughs. :) We will miss you. :(
Amanda TeixeiraAlthough the time I knew Judy wasn't very long, she definitely had an impact on my career in the Operating Room. Judy was so friendly and encouraging from the moment I started in the OR. Her smile and personality could make a stressful day better. She was a strong advocate for all of her colleagues and patients in the OR and this is something thatI will remember and learn from for the rest of my career. You will be deeply missed by all of your colleagues at just won't be the same without you. My deepest condolences to Judy's family and friends during this difficult time.
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