Judith (“Judy”) Smith Wainwright: December 17, 1940 – June 14, 2022
(formerly from Scituate and Cohasset, MA and Palm Coast, FL)
Judith (Judy), the daughter of Velma Kelley Smith and Robert Smith, was born in Winchester, MA. Judy, known to her family as “Ace” for her skills and knowledge of fishing and baking her famous chocolate chip cookies, passed away peacefully at Duncaster in Bloomfield, CT.
Judy grew up in Winchester, MA and spent her summers at Rexham Beach in Marshfield, MA. There she developed her love for the sea and especially for fishing, a pastime she taught her children. She attended boarding school House In The Pines in Norton, MA and later Parsons College in Iowa, where she met her first husband, Richard Mantz. She lives and raises her family in Cohasset, MA.
Judy was a devoted and caring mother to her son Doug Mantz and daughter Coleby (Mantz) Mancini, offering love and support while allowing freedom to make mistakes (often taken advantage of by one of her children). Funny and sometimes impulsive, she would often fetch her children from school under the guise of a phantom doctor appointment to chase storms, see beached whales, or observe Coast Guard water rescues from the shore. When she saw a fire engine or police car speeding in the opposite direction, it wasn’t uncommon for her to do a U-turn and follow the sirens to the scene, often neglecting what she had planned for the day. No one could butcher a proverb like Ace, eg: “A rolling stone gathers no dust” or “I can’t see the trees for the forest”. Above all, Ace was probably best known for her fishing skills. She competed in the Cohasset Yacht Club’s annual fishing tournament every year for almost 20 years with an all-female team called the “Happy Hookers”. With Coleby as their trusty first mate they brought in guest contestants (friends and granddaughters – no men allowed) every year and their success has been far from lucky as they had won or placed in the top 3 categories almost every year and still do Record held for the largest striped bass ever caught in the tournament. She was always at the dock for the weigh-in to make sure her record stood.
She founded and ran two small businesses focused on manufacturing products and distributing gift items. She sold products to LL Bean and stores in MA. Active and competitive in almost everything she did — including tennis, fishing, and golf — she was never afraid to “bend the rules” in her favor. She was a yoga enthusiast and as recently as this year has been regularly showing off her flexibility by putting her foot behind her head. She was an avid reader and amateur writer and was proud to have her work published in fishing magazines. Judy loved everything to do with the ocean: lighthouses and seashells were among her favorite things.
After her children were grown, she moved to her beloved oceanfront home at Cedar Point in Scituate, MA, where she regularly watched and enjoyed the excitement of all the incoming Nor’easter, much to her family’s dismay. Judy and her late husband Richard (Dick) Wainwright also wintered in Florida and were avid globetrotters, visiting every continent in their 22 years together. She suffered a massive stroke in 2011, which she was unlikely to survive. However, with excellent medical care and the support of her loving husband and family, she continued to travel and fish around the world. Tough and resilient, she recovered from many physical setbacks. After her stroke, Judy and Dick continued to travel and share this passion with their children and grandchildren: visiting Ecuador/Galapagos, the Caribbean, Europe and enjoying many fishing trips wherever she went. She was an avid seashell collector with an extensive collection of beautiful seashells obtained from her many trips to Marco Island and Captiva, FL.
Following the death of her husband Dick in 2021, Judy moved to CT and was a resident at Duncaster (Dogwood) Memory Care Assisted Living Center. There she was a popular, active and committed member of the community and received excellent care during her time as a resident. We thank the wonderful staff at Duncaster for their compassion and kindness over the past year and their support during her passing. Judy is survived by her children Doug (and wife Peggy) Mantz and Coleby (and husband Ed) Mancini. her grandchildren Sarah, Kelley and Maggie Mantz and Matthew Mancini; sister, Valerie Smith; brother, Robert (and Mrs. Henley) Smith; Nephew Michael Smith and niece Kathryn Smith Sloan. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift in Judy’s honor to: 1) Duncaster Residents’ Association / (Note: in Thanksgiving Fund – Judy Wainwright memo) at 40 Loeffler Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002. Or, 2 ) Judy’s neurosurgeon, Dr. Rose Dus Stroke Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Checks should be made payable to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and mailed to Brigham’s Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave 3rd Fl Boston MA 02116. Gifts can also be made online by visiting give.brighamandwomens.org or by contacting the Development Office at (617) 424-. 4300.
Judy/Grandma “Ace” will be missed by everyone.
Posted by Molloy Funeral Home on June 24, 2022.