Tom & Judith Peacocke Endowment Fund

Welcome to the donation page in memory of Tom and Judy Peacocke.  The family has created the Tom and Judith Peacocke Endowment Fund with the Edmonton Community Foundation to honour their memory and to support awards, scholarships and causes important to both Tom and Judy.  Please read more about Tom below as you consider making a donation to the Tom and Judith Peacocke Endowment Fund.

We are sad to announce the passing of Judy Peacocke, beautiful wife and mother to all of us. We are grateful to have been able to be with her in her last days to express how beloved she was.

Born in 1935 on All Hallows’ Eve to Walter and Helen Baker Schlosser, Judy moved with her family from Estevan to Edmonton in 1946 where she developed strong roots on the south side and developed a lifelong bond with her closest friends known as the “Garneau Girls”. She was the mischievous baby of the family – funny, independent, and adored.

Judy swept into the University of Alberta where she was a tenacious varsity athlete and proud recipient of a Block A sweater, representing the Pandas in basketball, volleyball and swimming.  Her granddaughter Anna carries the torch to this day, having recently competed in the national collegiate cross-country championships.

Always up for an adventure, Judy crossed the Atlantic, sailing to Liverpool alone at the age of 20 to visit her sister Jane and husband Mac. Fearless and gorgeous, we can only imagine the impact she made in Merseyside in 1955.

By then she had met Tom, the love of her life. On their first date, Tom had proclaimed with the brazenness of a 22-year-old that he intended to marry her. Judy just laughed, but despite her father’s suspicion that she was taller than Tom, they would indeed marry in the spring of 1957. She was the most beautiful glowing bride and their wedding pictures continue to take our breath away.

Judy worked in family services before she and Tom had their own children. A devoted mother, she would also support Tom throughout his career as an actor, director and professor. She became a rehearsal partner, grounding stone, and a kind of “den mother” to his students to whom she always offered a warm welcome. She seemed to easily find the quietest or most nervous person in the room and lend them a few words of encouragement to assuage their concerns. She understood people.

Tom and Judy were a lively, loving couple who would raise a beautiful family in a “you can do anything and be anyone” creative environment. And for that we are eternally grateful. She embraced the role of mom and with it all the joys and struggles of multi-tasking, making do and making up. She was an incredible host and a master in the kitchen. Parties and spectacular food were routine in her home. She was the anchor of her family but also game for anything.  In 1977 she masterminded an eight-month family trip across Europe. Every stop along the way included great food, some history, a gallery, a pause to appreciate the beauty or an epic combination of all at once, imprinting on her children a love of travel and exploration. She opened our world and our hearts.

Judy had a wry and naughty sense of humour. She could spot a fraud or a phoney a mile away and if they were listening, she’d let them know.

She and Tom carefully tended their spectacular flower garden, and Judy grew the most amazing pansies. She loved wearing bright subtle colours and comfortable shoes. She was a voracious and judicious reader who loved her book club meetings and a crossword puzzle on a quiet afternoon in her sunny front room.

She gave us sweet Christmas celebrations, big birthday parties, and offered sage advice over endless long-distance phone calls to those who needed her.  She nurtured us with her wisdom and her amazing kitchen magic and her unconditional love. And, as everyone knows, she did not take any guff. We will miss her immensely.

Judy was predeceased by parents Walter and Helen Schlosser, and brother, John. Judy is survived by Tom, her husband of 64 years, her children Jill (Gary), TW (Amanda), Chris (Suzy), her grandchildren Anna, Nick, Jasper and Sky and her beloved sister, Jane Alton.  She will be missed by her nieces and nephews of the SAP clan and members of the extended Peacocke family.  Judy’s friends and family all hold her gently in our grieving hearts.

We would like to thank Wendy Proch who brought friendship and joy to Mom’s life and we thank the staff at Canterbury for supporting Mom and our family.

A celebration of Judy’s life will take place at a time when family can all be safely together in the coming months. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Judith Peacocke Endowment Fund through the Edmonton Community Foundation that will support charities and causes important to Judy.  Judy loved the arts and the vibrant City of Edmonton she called home for almost all of her life.

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