Judy Potter


It is with great sadness that we report the death of the Association’s long-term President, Judy Potter.




If you have your own memories of Judy - be they funny or just happy memories - please send them to our Webmaster  so that we can share them . Judy's family would very much like to see them too.


Here is a tribute from our Chairman, Maureen Smith.


Judy Potter died on 20 November 2018 and was our club's President from the very beginning, in 2011.   I can’t remember the year I first met Judy but I do remember that I knew straight away that we were kindred spirits.  I think it might have been when Jerry, her husband, was Treasurer of the Burmese Cat Club and Judy was a Safe House Keeper and, as many of you will remember, a very fine Judge and Breeder.


She loved the Burmese breed with a passion and her Nearmoss prefix was carried by many beautiful cats.  We spent long hours discussing the way the breed was changing and how we could safeguard the original standard.


She worked as a nursing sister and, when she retired, became a Samaritan: her love for people shone through whenever you talked to her.  In retirement, she also spent a lot of time in her lovely garden, overlooked by the moors in Cumbria. 


The thanksgiving service for Judy was held in the beautiful, old church of St Andrews in Sedburgh, her parish church. There were lots of people there and it was a warm, family service with Antonia and Adam giving their memories of their Mum, along with readings from some of her friends. We then retired to a nearby pub where everyone was very welcoming.  Her brother Tim and his wife were there, of course.  He also showed Burmese and reminded me that I had never given any of his cats a certificate, which made us all laugh.


When Judy and I said goodbye on the phone it was always with “I love you”.  So Judy, once more, “I love you”.


Maureen Smith