Our dear friend Jud Gale passed away on November 18, 2020. He was 93 and 3/4 year old. Jud lived everyday to the fullest and was an inspiration to all of we who were blessed to know him. He left behind his beautiful blended family of Gales and Gunns, along with a community of loving friends. Jud had the most remarkable ability to change and grow with the times and always took interest in other people’s stories. He was beloved for his compassion, sense of humor and fun, his ability to council wisely, and kind and generous nature.
Jud’s daughter Emily Gale, who, along with his wife Kari, were with him by his side at his passing. Emily shared his obituary this morning and wrote the following, “Despite outliving most of the mates of his youth, hundreds of people wanted to express how much he meant to them at his memorial service and after, including myself. It was a great gift to be his daughter.” Jud’s memorial service was held virtually at the Annisquam Village Church.
Justin Edgerton Gale
January 8, 1927 – November 18, 2020
Justin Edgerton “Jud” Gale, 93, passed away peacefully at home in Annisquam, a
neighborhood of Gloucester, MA on Wednesday November 18, 2020. He was
surrounded by love. His passing leaves a giant hole in the hearts of his devoted wife,
Kari (nee Scott) Gunn Gale; his children Henry and wife Susan, his son Peter, his son
Benjamin and wife Kristina, and his daughter Emily. Kari and Emily were at his side
for the past many weeks. Jud also leaves 8 grandchildren (Jessica, Elizabeth,
Bennett, Bill, Sarah, Katrina, Sam, and Juliana); 7 great grandchildren (Isobel, Avery,
Aaron, Emma, Aidin, Riley, and Clara); his brother James and wife Virginia; his brother in
law Edward Reynolds; and Kari’s family Catherine Gunn, MaryHelen Gunn, Matthew
Laurence, and Sophie Laurence. He was predeceased in June 2009 by his first wife of 59
years, Betsy (nee Miriam Elizabeth Peabody) and later by his sister Joan Gale Reynolds.
Jud was born in 1927 in Boston MA, the eldest of 3 children. After graduating from
Phillips Academy Andover, he was enrolled at Tufts University for 2 years in the
Naval ROTC. As WWII ended, he began 2 years at Harvard University, where he was
the stroke for the National Championship Crew team (inducted into the Harvard
Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1973). He was then named the Harvard Fellow
at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, and set sail for England. It was on this
voyage that he met his beloved wife Betsy.
Jud spent 37 successful years working for Proctor and Gamble. He raised his family
in Terrace Park, OH and gave of himself and his time to support St. Thomas Church
and its charitable works and the Terrace Park community. Retiring at age 60, he
went on to a second career supporting HUD based programs in subsidized housing
and the people who lived within. He joined and took leadership positions in
organizations everywhere he lived, and was fully committed to community activities.
Jud was a keen sportsman, successfully participating in many sports throughout his
school and University days. Tennis and sailing were lifelong pursuits which he only
reluctantly gave up at 90. He treasured the early retirement years sailing the
Caribbean on Bynam’s Beauty, a 51ft sloop, with his wife, Betsy.
Later, he retired to Naples, FL and his beloved ancestral home in Annisquam, MA
where he gave of his devoted his time, energy, and life lessons to family and friends.
Many a novice sailor delights in stories of his expert tutelage! Jud also charmed his
friends and competitors at the bridge table.
Jud was blessed with a second marriage to his beloved Kari in 2011. They enjoyed
many active years together, sharing adventures in Hawaii, Vancouver, London, Italy,
and a favorite cruise in the Baltic. He enthusiastically supported the Annisquam
Village Church, the Annisquam Yacht Club, the Annisquam Library, and the Naples
Bath and Tennis Academy.
He filled his life with joy, service, generosity and love. For these and countless other
gifts of his life, his family will be eternally grateful.
A celebratory tribute to Jud was held during the Annisquam Village Church Service on
November 22nd. A private family interment will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions in honor of Justin E. Gale may be made to:
The Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
75 Sylvan Street, B-102
Danvers, MA 01923