Judi Liriano, Beloved Friend and Colleague

June 1, 2012

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
–Matthew 11:28 (NRSV)

It is with sadness that the board and staff of Episcopal Relief & Development mourn the passing of our colleague, Judi Liriano. We join Judi’s family and friends in celebrating her life and praying that as she joins the company of saints who have gone before, her loved ones will find comfort in the promise of the Resurrection.

Judi will be remembered for her kindness and compassion, and for the way she made all feel welcome and valued. Her spiritual gifts shone through in her work, matching people’s talents with organizational roles in ways that helped Episcopal Relief & Development to grow and exceed its goals. Eager to listen and lend a helping hand, Judi always did her best to empower her colleagues to develop professionally and excel in their work.

Beginning in July 2009, Judi worked at Episcopal Relief & Development first as a Human Resource Generalist and then as Manager. She worked very closely with the DFMS Human Resource and Payroll departments in addition to the staff of Episcopal Relief & Development.

“Judi’s death is a great loss to Episcopal Relief & Development. She was a good friend and spirited colleague, and she will be greatly missed,” said Esther Cohen, the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.

Judi passed away early Wednesday morning at NYU Hospital in New York, after battling a prolonged illness. She leaves behind her husband and two children, ages 12 and 13, as well as a large extended family.

The visitation and burial for Judi will both take place in Queens. Information is available on the website of the Coppola-Migliore Funeral Home.

May the Presence of God be with Judi and her family,
And with all of you who ache for them.

May the Peace of God be with Judi and her family,
And with all of you who pray for them.

May the Promise of God give hope to Judi and her family,
And to all of you who stand with them at this time.


-The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson