John Judge, 61, a longtime resident of Amagansett and friend of many in the community, died on Oct. 23 after being struck by a vehicle that did not stop. A story about the hit and run appeared in last week’s issue; police have the incident under investigation.
Mr. Judge was an electrician who worked for several people in the hamlet. He had just left Astro Pizza and was crossing the street when he was struck.
“John loved from the heart,” Susan Gabriel, a friend and neighbor, said. “He was a true friend to many people, and one of the kindest people I ever met, always helping others. He was part of the fabric of this community.”
Mr. Judge worked at Decorum Antiques and Accessories, across Main Street from Astro Pizza, for nearly 13 years. Elaine Monroe, the owner, said, “He could do everything, and he did everything. He was also a lovely guy, very generous. He would give you the shirt off his back. He often worked for free — he did odd jobs and often never charged people. He was just a very good person.”
Ms. Monroe met Mr. Judge when an addition to Decorum was under construction. “He was working for Stewart Electric,” she recalled. “I asked him to do some things on the side, and he ended up working for me. He transferred all that energy to the store.”
Mr. Judge was born on Dec. 22, 1950, in the Bronx to Leo J. Judge and the former Evelyn Cochran. Neither survive. His family moved to Central Islip when he was around 8 years old, his sister, Margaret DiLena of Tavares, Fla., said. He graduated from Central Islip High School.
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