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Judith Rose Slamin

July 17, 1939 — November 3, 2023


Judith Rose Slamin of Newton, passed away peacefully on November 3, 2023, with her family by her side.

Judy was the founder of SMASH and served as Administrator of SMASH Volleyball for over 25 years. In 2014 she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Volleyball Hall of Fame. She was also a High School and College Volleyball Official for 25 years, a Volleyball Chairperson for the Boston Board of Officials, Past President of the Boston Board of Officials, the MIAA Girls and Boys Volleyball Tournament Director for Central Mass., the MIAA State Finals Boys Tournament Director for Mass., the Winner of the  Judge Franklin Flashner Award from the City of Newton for contributions to the youth of Newton (1982) and in 1997 she was inducted into the Northeast Agenda Women's Hall of Fame, in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the development of Women's Athletics.

Judith was the daughter of the late Rose and Franklin Harbester. Beloved wife of the late Robert H. "Slats" Slamin. Loving mother of Edith Lynne Slamin-Smith (Ted Liberatos), Joseph J. Slamin (Maryellen), and the late Laura Slamin Lanfear (Amy Kelly) and the late Christopher Lanfear. Devoted grandmother to Jillianne Rose Smith, Alexander J. Smith (Ashley), Julia Lynne Slamin-Lanfear, and Tessa Amanda Slamin-Lanfear. Cherished Great Grandmother to Madeline, Celia and Vivianne Smith and Aila LaCasse. Loving sister to Edith Thompson and the late Franklin W. Harbester III. Judith leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews including her guardian twin nieces Elizabeth Anne and Alexandra Harbester.

Family and friends will honor and remember Judith’s life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, November 12th from 2 to 6 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington Street, Newton, where her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Newton Cemetery.

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