Celebration of Life
Judy Ann Alaszkiewicz
January 15, 1953 - June 24, 2019
On June 24, 2019, on a date of her own choosing, surrounded and supported by family and friends, Judy Ann Alaszkiewicz died at home at the age of 66. Judy is survived by her partner and spouse of 15 years, Ellen Singleton, brother Edward, niece Allix Suzuki (Chris), cousins Wanda Traczewski (Cindy), John Kocemba (Val), Rick Kocemba, Rick Alaszkiewicz (Fran), Halina Ciucka (Mirus), Jeff Traczewski (Holly) and John Traczewski, Uncle John Traczewski (Mary Ann) and Aunt Emily Orlan and many, many friends, colleagues and teammates.
Judy was a lifelong Londoner who attended Catholic Central High School, the University of Western Ontario and York University. She received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Kinesiology at Western and an MBA from York. It was while Judy was at Western University that she developed her remarkable athletic abilities and talents in volleyball under the coaching of Fran Wigston Eberhardt. During the six years that she played, five as Captain, the Western Senior Women's volleyball team appeared in six consecutive national finals, winning three gold, and three silver, a volleyball team record unequaled at Western. During her last two years at Western Judy also played with the Canadian National Women's Volleyball Team. Upon graduation Judy taught at McMaster University and coached the senior women's volleyball team. In her later years Judy discovered Pickleball and was fortunate to meet many, many friends through this game, both in London and in Florida.
Judy coached at McMaster for seven years before returning to London to work at London Life. She was there for 28 years, the last three as Assistant Vice President of Market Conduct, before she retired. Together with Ellen she immediately and cheerfully became a "snowbird", spending 6 months in Florida every winter where she played Pickleball, honed her skills in nature photography, and travelled.
In 2015 Judy was diagnosed with ALS. It took her very little time to turn her attention to fundraising research for a cure for this debilitating and fatal disease. Her efforts were greatly assisted by her Pickleball pals in London and in Florida. Both the London Pickleball club and Judy's Pickleball friends in St. Pete Beach Florida organized and held annual "Superheroes" tournaments that to date have raised over $20,000.00. Because ALS robbed Judy of her ability to speak very early on, she relied on email to communicate with a wide array of family and friends located all over North America. While fund raising was extremely important to Judy, she felt it was equally important to educate people about ALS and its effects on the human body, and she did so with honesty and humour. Many of Judy's family members and friends are very familiar with the comments and reports Judy would send out when physical changes caused by the disease could no longer be ignored or accommodated, and new adaptations would have to be employed. Judy did not complain - as much as possible she strove to adapt her lifestyle to continue doing the things she wanted to do. With excellent care and support provided by Judy's neurologist, Dr. Christen Shoesmith, and family physician Dr. Joanne Eaton, with enthusiastic and loving assistance from her family and friends, and with her own determination to prevail, Judy was able to remain involved and engaged until she knew it was time to go. She did so, in dignity and peace, with loving, supportive family and friends present to say goodbye. She will be missed more than we can say.
Following Judy's wishes there will be no funeral, and cremation has taken place. A celebration of Judy's life will be held for friends and family on Friday, July 12 at the Highland Country Club (1922 Highland Heights, London, ON N6C 2T4), from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.
Those wishing to make donations in Judy's name are asked to consider the ALS Society of Canada (www.als.ca); or to the Judy Alaszkiewicz Scholarship in Women's Volleyball at the University of Western Ontario. For additional information about this scholarship, or to donate please contact Dory Mounsey, Senior Development Officer, Sports and Recreation Services, Western University, London, Ontario N6A 3K7 at firstname.lastname@example.org., tel. 519 661 2111 x85568.
Online condolences may be left at www.woodlandcemeterydirectcremationcompany.ca.
Published on June 27, 2019