Judy McClelland, a Founding Member of Sky

Sky Foundation lost a dear friend and a founding member last weekend with the passing of Judy McClelland. Judy was fully committed to our mission and for 12 years we were graced with her incredible spirit and delightful personality at every event  — always in purple attire! 

In Spring of 2020, we asked Judy to share some words about Sky and her friendship with Sheila:


“When I first met Sheila (playing bridge, of course) many decades ago, I just knew we would be great friends!

A couple of years later Sheila was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and while recovering from surgery, she decided that she had to do something positive.

And before I knew it, I was sitting at a table in a board room with a group of Sheila‘s friends laying the groundwork for what would become known as the first Board of Sky Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness and funding research for an early detection of new or recurrent tumors of the pancreas.

Many years have passed and Sheila and I are still the best of friends, meeting for dinner as often as we can and talking for many hours on the telephone keeping me up to date on Sky Foundation, trying to keep track of the goings-on of our numerous children and family members and our friends.  Most of all, we laugh a lot and relish our awesome memories and events that we have shared over the years and that we will share for years to come.

Love you,


She brought a spirit and flair to all she touched; she will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Judy’s family and friends.
If you’d like to donate in memory of Judy, please click here