We were all shocked and saddened to learn of Judy’s unexpected death.
Judy was very smart, canny and full of good humour. She was a dedicated campaigner, spirited and passionate proponent of Labour values.
Her fellow Ward Councillor, Emma Morse said: “Judy was hard working, diligent & extremely politically astute. She had strong labour values & showed them in all she did for her constituents. She was also funny, awkward & had the best giggle you ever heard in an adult woman. I will miss her very much.”
Judy had been a Councillor in Camden in London, where she was also made Mayor of Camden in 2002. She was elected to Exeter City Council as the Councillor for Mincinglake and Whipton in 2018. An area she was proud to represent and always wanted to to the best by those she represented.
Exeter City Council Leader Phil Bialyk spoke of his sadness. “The whole Labour Group and indeed all councillors are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Judy.
“She worked hard as a local councillor since being elected in the Mincinglake and Whipton ward. She brought with her previous experience from Camden and her contribution to the Council here in Exeter and indeed in supporting members of the community will be greatly missed.
“Deepest sympathies go to her family at this time of sadness. We will remember Judy.”
A proud moment with Judy surrounded by her fellow East Exe Branch Councillors at the Council meeting where she formally took up her role as Exeter City Councillor.
Cllr Laura Wright has drawn together some of the memories of Judy’s Labour Party comrades and fellow Councillors into a memorial booklet. It is available as an e-booklet on this link Judy’s Memorial
A mention by the Beacon Community Centre in her Ward, on Facebook, said a lot about Judy and how she was respected in the community she served.
“We’re very sad to say goodbye to our dear friend and supporter Exeter City Councillor Judy Pattison. Judy was passionate about our work here. She’d pop into our Friday morning community drop-ins for a coffee and chat and took part in our Beacon Big Clean Days.”
“We’ll miss you Judy.”