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CONWAY, NH - Donald Alvah "Spike" Woodbury, 87, of Glen, N.H., died December 15, 2017, at Mineral Springs in North Conway, N.H. He was born in Beverly, Mass., on Sept 11, 1930, the oldest of six children. He was predeceased by his parents, Alvah B and Josephine (Burns) Woodbury of Beverly, and his daughter, Janet Woodbury Trotman of Delaware.
Don graduated from Beverly High School and Beverly Trade School in 1949. He served his country in the United States Navy's Construction Battalion from 1950 to 1976 attaining the rank of Chief Builder E-7. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, he enlisted in the United States Army National Guard with the rank of Sargent First Class E-7 until his honorable discharge in 1990.
As an accomplished carpenter and buIlder, Don was employed by the Norman C. Foster Company, T.F. McCarthy Company, and the Kelleher Construction until his retirement.
Don served as Director of Property with the Beverly School for the Deaf from 1973 to 1985. He also served on the property commission of St Peters Church in Beverly for 12 years.
Having moved to Glen, N.H., in his retirement, Don began worked at the "Heritage House"in Glen as a woodsman and eventually worked his way up to Captain of the ship "that took you across the ocean." He then became "Heidi's Grandfather" at the top of the mountain in "Story Land" based on the classic children's story of the little orphan girl sent to live with her grandfather in the Alps. Don loved greeting all the children and their parents many of whom remembered him returning year after year. He also worked at Attitash Mountain on the ski lifts in the winter months up until 2003.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Elaine Peters Woodbury; and their son, James of Conway N.H.; a son-in-law, Fred Trotman of Delaware; two grandchildren, Daryl and Chelsea Trotman of Delaware; and a great-grandchild. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and John Ventola of Beverly, Mass., who cared for him in his later years; two brothers, Robert of Fargo, N.D., and Richard and Marsha Woodbury; and a sister-in-law, Sandra Woodbury of Beverly. He was predeceased by his sister, Joan Woodbury Liberti, and his brother, John E. Woodbury of Beverly.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care, 65 Lafayette Road, Suite 302, North Hampton, NH O3862.
Cynthia wants to thank all of the staff at Mineral Springs, North Conway.
The Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway is in charge of arrangements.
Published on December 22, 2017
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