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SWAMPSCOTT, MA - Donald E. "Don" Woodward, age 91, of Swampscott, died peacefully, on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, with his wife and family by his side, following a brief illness. Don was the loving husband of Mary Ann (Tierney) Woodward. Born in Lynn in 1926, he was the son of the late Rudolph and Carrie (Emerson) Woodward and was a lifelong resident of Swampscott. He graduated from Swampscott High School in 1944 and went on to serve his country during WWII as an Aviation Ordnanceman, in the United States Navy. He attended Bentley School of Accounting and Finance on the G.I. Bill and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He spent most of his working career at GTE Sylvania in Salem, retiring at the age of 54, and also had his own private tax business where he had over 150 personal and business clients that he served up until recently. Don and his wife were members at Tedesco Country Club for many years. He was an avid skier, and as a member of the "Hickory Dickory Docs" Ski Club, skied every Wednesday and traveled to many ski resorts throughout the United States. He was "Mr. Fix-it" at home. He was a self-taught tradesman and took on many home projects for his family including porches, marble fireplaces and at the age of 89, he was still shingling his house. Don and Mary Ann loved to travel. Although he is described by his family as a "perfect skier," their annual golf vacations and many cruises were some their favorite times spent together.
In addition to his wife, Mary Ann, with whom he shared over 48 years of marriage, Don was the father of Donald Woodward of New Hampshire, Michael Woodward and his wife, Julie of California, Rosemary Bevins and her late husband, Bill of Peabody, Susan Power and her husband, Larry Martinez of Colorado, and Christopher Power and his wife, Carey of Marblehead; grandfather of Caitlin and Gregory Bevins, Leah and Christopher Power and Amanda, Hannah, Ryan and Evan Woodward; brother-in-law of Winifred Woodward and Arthur Tierney. He is also survived by his nephews and many close friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Harry, Frank, Phyliss and Natalie; and niece, Karen.
A Funeral will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, from the Solimine Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church Swampscott at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations in Don's memory may be made to Kaplan Family Hospice House, c/o of Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923; or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.
Published on January 15, 2018
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