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Judson "Jud" Scales

February 5, 1941 ~ July 23, 2018 (age 77)
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Judson (Jud) Douglas Scales

February 5th, 1941 – July 23rd, 2018


It is with profound heartbreak and sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and good friend on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at the Swan Valley Hospital at the age of 77 years.


Jud will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 33 years Connie and his family of Howie (Lisa), Brent (Loriann), Neil (Sharalyn), Kris, Mark and his two grandchildren Abbigayle and Jackson, who were his pride and joy. He was delighted when they arrived in his life.


Jud is survived by his sisters Judy Klatt and Wendy Finnie and their families; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Janice (Ted), Twyla (Lyle), Bonnie and Wendy (Daryl), Len (Joyce), Bev, Doreen, Donna (Wayne) and their families, and Jud’s special aunt Mildred Scales.


Jud was predeceased by his parents Wes (1957), Doris (2007) and his wife Marlene Trevellyan (1980); in-laws James and Mary Trevellyan; grandparents Robert William Scales and Viola Pearl MacCabe, Edward Hopper and Lena May Daly; Stanley and Louise Christian (in-laws) and brothers-in-law Elden and Edwin Christian.


Jud was born February 5th, 1941 to Wes and Doris at Morden, Manitoba. He was the much adored first grandchild to Robert and Pearl Scales and Edward and Lena Daly. His early holidays were spent at the maternal grandparent’s farm where he enjoyed the animals and special friend Pat the dog.


Jud went to school at age 5 with his Grandma Scales who taught in a one room schoolhouse. It was from his grandparents he developed his passion for politics and the sports of curling and baseball.


Jud attended Wellington School in Winnipeg 1947-1953. He always spoke fondly of his Grade 1 teacher Mrs. Lund. Jud played baseball and was a star pitcher on the team coached by his dad. They won the city championship. While in Winnipeg he unpacked stock, stocked shelves and delivered prescriptions on his bike for his dad who worked at Sargent Pharmacy. He also worked at Kirkfield Park on the outskirts of Winnipeg for his Uncle Mac, who operated a driving range. It was there that his love for golf began as he was able to practice after working.


In 1953 Jud moved to Swan River with his family who purchased Lamb’s Drug Store. His mom and dad were partners with Earle and Gladys Scales in this new business venture.

Lamb’s Drugstore operated out of the current Bud’s and Blossoms location on main street. It was Jud’s responsibility to stoke the fire in the furnace during the cold winter months while also helping with stocking shelves, working in store and delivering to customers.


Jud’s school years in Swan River is where he developed many friendships which have lasted to this day. He played clarinet in the school band, was a member of the cadets, United Church HIC’s Youth Group and began his involvement with curling which lasted until approximately 2013 with the Seniors Curling. Jud remembered being the young high school rink (which he skipped) playing against Ed Werenich in a school bonspiel. Jud loved the strategy involved in the game and could recall many games.


University years were spent in Winnipeg at U of M where he graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 1963. During his university years he was employed by his Uncle Mac at the Fort Garry Sugar Beet Factory. A highlight of his university years was the opportunity to curl with his Uncle Mac who had won a provincial berth.


Jud returned to working at the family store as a pharmacist in 1963. This career choice suited him well as he was interested in the science of pharmacy and in the caring for people in his community of the Swan Valley. Jud was the recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia in 2001 for outstanding community service in Pharmacy.


Jud belonged to the Swan River Curling Club for many years and became a life member in 1992. He worked countless hours organizing and calling bingo for the club. He also served as Men’s Zone Playoff Organizer for the MCA for over 35 years. This area included Dauphin, Roblin, Russell, Birch River, Swan River and Benito. Jud was president of the curling club at least twice. He believed in the good works that service clubs do in the community and belonged to the Masonic Lodge, Kinsmen Club, Elks and Legion. He represented both the Elks and the   Legion in Canadian Curling playoffs (Western Canada, NWT and Charlottetown). Jud was a great representative for these clubs as he was always open to meeting new people and socializing with them. Many friendships were made in these travels. A highlight of curling for Jud was the experience of skipping an 8 ENDER game with his son Brent and friends Bob and Kelly Tibble in 1981 at the local curling club. Jud also belonged to Swan River Golf Club for many years. He joined Connie’s bowling team after 2013 and continued to enjoy fellowship at the bowling alley.


His love of serving the community led Jud to run for town council. Jud served as deputy mayor from 1986-1994, then continued as councillor until 1998. He wanted a real future and jobs for those in our valley and became involved in economic development with his friend Kelly Neely. He was instrumental in bringing Louisiana Pacific and Natural Gas to this area.


Jud enjoyed spending time with his family-holidays at Glad Lake (used too much gas on that boat he’d say) entertaining his children, their friends, his nieces and nephews.

Uncle Fudge as he was called by his nieces and nephews would do anything for them. He was always making sure everyone had enough to eat. BBQing was enjoyable for him.


Jud travelled to many destinations to play golf with his pharmacist colleagues who were also some of his closet friends. They played in PEI, Hecla Island, Parksville (BC), Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas. He attended some gold championship tour events with son Brent and friend Charles Campbell.


Retirement years (semi-retirement that is) were spent working part time and travelling. Jud and Connie took an Alaskan Cruise with Aunt Mildred and Jud’s sister Judy in 2010. Other holiday destination trips enjoyed were in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta and Cancun), Cuba (Varadero), Hawaii (Maui), Arizona (Tucson and Phoenix) with friends. Many road trips were taken to Whiterock, B.C. as well as to various Alberta locations to visit family.

Jud lived his life with concern for others, was appreciated by his staff at the drugstore, his fellow councillors, his pharmacy colleagues. He cherished his family and their welfare. If you ever were on the receiving end of “The Talk” you knew he was more than concerned. His love for animals showed whenever he encountered them. Jud and Connie were adopted by too many cats some say. Jud will be missed by his special fat cat Rickki.


Jud was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2014. He became a resident of the Swan Valley Personal Care Home in January of this year. Jud was   always responding to the staff with witty one-liners, which sure made those on the receiving end laugh.


Thank you for the years we shared, the love you gave, the way you cared. In our hearts you will always stay, loved and remembered every day.


“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

2 Timonthy 4:7

Donations may be made to:

Community Foundation of SV Bursary for local students entering the faculty of Pharmacy
Box 1509, Swan River MB R0L 1Z0

Swan Valley Animal Protection League
Box 2735, Swan River MB R0L 1Z0

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