Judith “Judy” Simons – Posthumous Honour

Bermuda Day Grand Marshal 2024 – Culture=Energy, Celebrating Trailblazer Judith Simons’ Impact on Bermuda and Beyond

The passing of Judith Simons on January 3, 2024, at the age of 71, marked the end of an era for the Bermuda community. Her lasting influence, unparalleled dedication, and unwavering passion will always be remembered.

Born on November 11, 1952, Judith, fondly known as Judy, grew up in Paget and Smiths, immersing herself in the vibrant world of sports. Her talent shone in field hockey and tennis, earning her a coveted spot on the Bermuda National Hockey team. Judy’s charismatic leadership led her to captain the team from 1979 to 1981, where her unmatched commitment left an indelible mark. Even after her playing days, Judy’s love for sports continued to thrive as she became the President of the Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA). Her contributions extended beyond Bermuda’s borders, as she dedicated over 25 years to the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

Judy’s devotion to the community extended far beyond the realm of athletics. As the past president of the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, she played a pivotal role in establishing the new Center on Point Finger Road. Her selfless nature created a supportive and empowering environment for all. In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Judy was honored with the Queens Badge of Honor and the Paul Harris Award for her philanthropic service within the Bermuda community. Her impact was so profound that she was appointed as a Justice of the Peace, a testament to the extraordinary influence she had on the Island.

While Judy made an impression within the life insurance industry, holding positions at companies like Sun Life of Canada and Life Annuity Services, her true legacy lies in the lasting relationships she built with clients. Known for her empathy, dedication, and genuine care, Judy was held in high regard by all who had the pleasure of working with her. With an unparalleled ability to connect with others, Judy’s infectious laughter and insightful wisdom brought joy to the lives of many. She shared a deep love with her cherished life partner, Campbell, and they experienced countless adventures together.

Judy’s legacy will live on, particularly within the international sports community. Up until her passing, she served as the Regional Vice-President (Americas) of the Commonwealth Games Federation, leaving an indelible mark on the organisation. Recently, she was honored by Centro Caribe Sports, a regional sports federation, during the Santiago Pan Am Games, recognizing her “exceptional contributions”.