Statement on the death of City Council Member Judy McKiernan

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 12:45

The City of Winchester is mourning the loss of Winchester Common Council member Judy McKiernan who passed away early this morning.

“Judy was a friend to many, a dedicated team member, an advocate for the underserved, and a true public servant,” stated Winchester Mayor John David Smith, Jr. “As a representative on Council, she was a community champion, often going above and beyond to ensure residents have a voice in their local government. She made an incredible impact on our city. Her passion for serving others and improving the quality of life for all residents will not be forgotten. Our deepest condolences go to the McKiernan family and all those who were blessed to know her.”

“Judy was a force. Her deep commitment to inclusion and her keen ability to discern human need is unmatched. Her legacy should inspire all of us to renew our commitment to be better humans - better neighbors, co-workers, spouses, friends, parents,” stated Winchester Public Schools Superintendent Jason Van Heukelum. “The Winchester Public Schools community is hurting today, but we are resolved to embrace Judy's legacy. Judy inspired us all to do ‘whatever it takes’ by her daily example. She is loved and adored and will be deeply missed.”

Ms. McKiernan was elected to City Council in 2018 as a Fourth Ward representative and served on Council’s Finance Committee. She also worked in various capacity with students in the Winchester Public Schools (WPS) since 1990, most recently serving as the Director of Student Support Services. She is survived by her husband and two children.

The City has lowered the Winchester flag at Rouss City Hall in her honor.

Judy McKiernan

Information About Services:

Visitation: Saturday, December 4 from 3:00-5:00 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church at 2077 N. Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA 22603

Memorial Service: Sunday, December 5 at 1:00 pm at John Handley High School (Patsy Cline Theatre). 

Masks will be required to attend the visitation or the memorial service. 

Donations: The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the following organizations that Judy was passionate about in our Winchester Community: 

Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS)
P.O. Box 2936, Winchester, VA 22604

Bright Futures of Winchester/Frederick County
178 Indian Hollow Rd, Winchester, VA 22603