Community Loses Two Longtime Volunteers
By: Diana T. Barth
John R. (Jack) Elwood, a World War II veteran, wastewater expert, and one of the founding members of the Bourne Financial Development Corporation, died of mesothelioma on Monday, December 19, at his home on County Road in Monument Beach. He was 88.
Mr. Elwood, who had retired as an environmental engineer before coming to Bourne in the early 1990s, leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Jeannette C. Elwood. He had bought property in town in the mid-1980s.
A “gracious man,” Mr. Elwood was soft-spoken, but was always heeded when he did speak. Sallie K. Riggs, executive director of the Bourne Financial Development Corporation, said he knew his field and was willing to share his wastewater expertise, and his wisdom, with the board. The board was saddened, Ms. Riggs said, when he resigned from that position. As recently as last year, he was writing letters in support of Main Street redevelopment and the proposed Bourne Development Campus.
Mr. Elwood was born in Connecticut in 1923, growing up there in the Trumbull and Bridgeport area. He earned his environmental engineering degrees from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wisconsin.
A combat veteran, he served in the US Army during World War II and in the US Air Force Reserve during the Korean War.
He worked in the Boston area for many years, both for private firms and state agencies, including the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, for which he served as project manager and was instrumental in the planning of the Deer Island wastewater treatment plant.
He lived in Framingham prior to retiring to Bourne, where he quickly became an integral part of the community, serving here on several committees, including as a member and chairman of the recycling committee, with Triad, a citizen/law enforcement group, a Bourne library trustee, as well as on the BFDC board.
At one time, Mr. Elwood also wrote a recycling column for the Enterprise.
He was a member of the Academy for Lifelong Learning, acting as the coordinator for several courses.
He was also always willing to lend a hand, said Patricia A. Houde, assistant director of the Bourne Council on Aging and its volunteer coordinator. She recalled, for example, that he and the late Keith E. Songer pitched in to help her in opening and staffing the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Center during a bad winter storm that occurred some five or six years ago.
He was, she said, “a great guy” who will be greatly missed.
Along with his wife, he leaves his brother James; two sons, David and Paul; a daughter, Patricia; and nine grandchildren.
His family reports that he has left them a legacy of warmth and humor.
At Mr. Elwood’s request, there will be no wake or funeral service.
A celebration of his life, however, will be held at the West Falmouth United Methodist Church, 636 West Falmouth Highway, Falmouth, at 11 AM on Saturday, January 21.
Reginald A. (Reggie) Judson, 90, a former Pocasset resident who was known for his volunteer work and the active role he took in Bourne’s municipal affairs, died after an illness on Monday, December 19, at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester.
Mr. Judson, a World War II veteran and former trustee of the Bourne Veterans Community Center and a supporter of the Bourne Council on Aging, is survived by his wife of 40 years, Eileen T. (McLoughlin) Judson.
Aside from participating in town issues such as the controversies concerning Bourne’s charter and proposed overrides, he was a hands-on friend of the community building and of senior citizens.
A handyman and “an active guy,” COA staff said Mr. Judson did what needed to be done. In 1993, Mr. Judson and the owner of Bob’s Appliances in Buzzards Bay collaborated to collect enough donations to buy a refrigerator for the Meals on Wheels program, which was then operating from the community building, according to a story published in the Enterprise at that time. He was a supporter of the creation of the Bourne Friends Food Pantry and involved in the recycling and newspaper drives.
Mr. Judson, who retired to Pocasset in 1986, had worked in the truck and automobile industry, including 14 years as both a sales manager and a general manager at Tuck’s Truck Sales in Hudson. After he retired to Bourne, he began volunteering for organizations and committees, including the Friends of the COA. He served with Elder Services of Cape Cod and was the president and director of the Upper Cape and Falmouth chapter of the AARP. He was given a Service to the Community Award from that organization.
Mr. Judson was an avid golfer and a member of the Tide Club of Bourne, serving as its treasurer and later as Skipper.
In 2007, he moved to Holden, where he became a member of the Holden American Legion Post 42.
Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Mr. Judson was the son of Reginald A. and Susan French Judson. He was a 1940 graduate of Sanford High School in Sanford, Maine.
In 1941, he enlisted in the military. A World War II veteran, he served as an airplane mechanic with the Eagle Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, 8th Army Air Force in England.The Eagle Squadron was made up of Americans who enlisted in England’s Royal Air Force and then transferred as a group to the US Army Corps after the United States joined the war. Mr. Judson was a member of the Association of the Fourth Fighter Group AAF, World War II and, in 1995, was able to attend the 15th reunion of the Eagle Squadron.
Mr. Judson leaves two sons, Gerald Judson of Barefoot Bay, Florida, and Ronald Judson of Putney,
Vermont; two daughters, Marilyn Buhlmann of Brattleboro, Vermont, and Joan Judson of Natick; a sister, Constance Tower of East Windsor, Connecticut; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three stepsons, Dean, Keith and Glen Gustafson; along with several nephews, nieces and cousins.
His first wife, Thelma (Skerry) Judson, predeceded him in death.
Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street in Holden held calling hours earlier this week, and a private committal service will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery in Shrewsbury at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Those who would like to share a memory of Mr. Judson or leave condolences with the family, can do so online at www.milesfuneralhome.com.
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