Addicted to novelty since 2001


My Mom passed away on Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer. I have intentionally not discussed her illness here, but wanted to post this so that friends and colleagues who read this site can be notified. Her obituary follows:

NEIL – Judith (Judy) Grace, born September 26, 1945, died at home on October 11, 2003. She is lovingly remembered by her sons Kevin Barefoot (Wendy Muir) and Darren Barefoot (Julie Szabo), grandson Miles Barefoot, sister Lynn Heenan, friend Roberta Hower, and a large circle of friends and colleagues. She is predeceased by her parents Mabel and Don Neil.

Judy was born in Saskatoon and completed her education with a BComm from U of S. spent time in Toronto and Vancouver before settling for the last eleven years in North Saanich. She will be remembered as a independent woman who loved the outdoors. Her wisdom and easy laugh will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.

There will be a reception in the afternoon of Saturday, October 18. We’re still working on location and details, but I’ll update this entry when I’ve got them sorted out.

8 Responses to “Mom”

  1. Martine

    I read you often but rarely comment, yet today I wanted to leave you a note. I’m sorry for your loss and I hope that you are well surrounded by loved ones to help you go through this.

  2. Joan

    Darren, my thoughts go to you and your family. I hope there is peace within this somewhere.

  3. Lincoln


    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember when you and I first started rooming in the apartment in Victoria, and how great it was to be fed by your Mom on a semi-regular basis — and what a unique individual she was. As you know, I had her old Bible — from some aborted philosophy of religion assignment, no doubt — kicking around my house for the longest time, until not long ago. Each time I stumbled across it, I thought of her, and also thought, “Damn, I need to get this back to Judy.” I’m glad that I did.
    Thoughts and prayers go out to you, Kevin and the rest.

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