Condolences for John W. Woodward

Susan Paulson posted on 1/4/21

Fran, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will always cherish the many weekends we spent at the TKE house parties. What fun we had! I still laugh at how the Bonners, John and you plus Ned , Georgie and I crowded into our 2 bedroom apartment up near Lehigh U. when you all made the trek up. Ned and I will always remember John as the level-headed one in our group. May His Memory Be Eternal. Susan and Ned


Susan Paulson posted on 1/4/21

TKE Parties and your visit to PA


Kendall J Shuffler posted on 12/22/20

Dear Fran, My heart broke when I received Kathy's Christmas letter and read about John's passing. Please know that I send my heartfelt condolences and prayers of comfort and peace. I have such wonderful and fond memories growing up with your family at Ascension. Love to you all! Kendall Jenkins Shuffler


TJ Baskerville posted on 12/15/20

My sincere condolences to the family. John and I were coworkers during his tenure with American Systems. We both shared a love of travel so John was thrilled when I asked him to critique my trip plan to Italy. John was quite the expert since he and his wife had traveled to Italy several times. We both had a big laugh about getting a letter from Italy a year later about some infraction we had made while driving there. Although we lost touch after I retired I will always remember our talks about his family, his kind spirit and his laugh.


Gary & Joyce Zwirschitz posted on 12/15/20

Fran and Family We mourn the loss of your loving husband with whom you anchored a loving and caring family. God Bless and Love you all Gary and Joyce


Ron and Leslie Smith posted on 12/14/20

Dearest Fran and family, Our hearts are full of sadness as we mourn John's passing. He leaves a beautiful legacy of love and kindness. Certainly, he made a difference on this earth and he will not be forgotten. Please know that we are available for anything you need. May God bless you with comfort and love.


Janet Thompson posted on 12/14/20

Fran I’m so sorry about John’s passing. I know how in love you were and how much John contributed to the community. You’re in my thoughts.


AUREL & Pat MENARD & Family posted on 12/12/20

Dear Fran and family, It is with much love and respect that we Menards send this message of condolence to you all. We were blessed to have John as a friend, one of our Little Neck area neighbors and a great positive influence to our sons, Jim & Joe during their growing years in BSA Scout Troop 481. He was a true living example of what young people should strive to be in life. Thank you for sharing him with us.


Debbie Stollery posted on 12/12/20

Dearest Fran, I am saddened to hear of John's passing into eternal life but at the same time, assured by our shared faith that he rests now, alive and whole, in the company of our gracious Lord. May these assurances of faith bring you and your family comfort, and may your memories warm your aching hearts. In sorrow and joy, Debbie


Richard and Rosalyn DiLeonardo posted on 12/11/20

We were so surprised to hear of John's passing. He was always smiling and interested in all those around him. Rest in peace John


Kathy Ahearn posted on 12/10/20

Fran, my heart goes out to you and your family with the passing of John from this life. May you be comforted by God's love and grace and knowing that John is with his Savior.


Ellen Barta posted on 12/10/20

John was a Christian and we think of him as a lifesaver. Years ago while vacationing at a water park our Lorin lost her footing in the wave pool. A man grabbed her lifting her to safety-i was amazed to see it was our church friend John, doing God's work. John touched many lives, and especially ours that long ago day.


Kelly Wing, AMERICAN SYSTEMS posted on 12/9/20

Mrs. Woodward & family, Please accept my sincerest condolences at this very difficult time. John was a wonderful coworker and mentor to many. I will always remember his wit, his smile and his love of his family.


Kelly Wing, AMERICAN SYSTEMS posted on 12/9/20

Mrs. Woodward and family, Please accept my deepest condolences during this very difficult time. John was a truly wonderful coworker and a mentor to many. I will always remember his smile and kind nature...and his laugh.



Nelson Pontillo posted on 12/9/20

John was a dear friend who offered me support during my difficult times. I always enjoyed talking with John not only about work situations but also about life situations. He was a great husband and father and so enjoyed his grandchildren. He was truly one of a kind and will missed.


Ted and Debbie Benham & Family posted on 12/8/20

Dear Fran and Family, Our hearts are filled with sadness upon learning of the passing of your dear John. What a wonderful man that made a faith-filled difference in so many lives. You are both the epitome of the Lord's angels on earth. Thank you for the many inspiring faith-filled gifts that you and John shared with others in our church community over many years. Heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.


Anthony & Sharron D'Angelo posted on 12/8/20

Dear Fran and family, We remember John's generous service to our church and your own devoted service for many years. We can't thank you enough for those gifts. It was a great honor to work with you and Carol Bukovik and Gail Kuhneman for several years as we taught religious education to the young people. After reading John's obituary I am sorry Tony did not get to know him very well. They would have had a lot to talk about concerning the United States Navy. You were an angel to take care of John during his last years with a horrible illness. Thinking of you with love and praying for your family, that God will send His Holy Spirit to comfort you.


David Ouellette posted on 12/7/20

Dear Fran and family, We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We will always remember him as a warm and welcoming presence when we came to Ascension 30 years ago. You are certainly in our prayers. Dave and Eileen Ouellette



Betty Santti Amory posted on 12/7/20

Fran, I am so sorry for your sadness in losing John .



Betty Santti Amory posted on 12/7/20

i remember John from our 1962 Princess Anne High School Class, a remarkably bright Student who went on in life to achieve many achievements and our wonderful 50th Class Reunion where he and Fran joined all of us for many wonderful memories. Fran, may you and your family find peace and reassurance in the many days to come as you deal with this great loss.


Carol Etheridge White posted on 12/7/20

Fran, I was so sad to see the announcement of the loss of John. Tom and I send our sincerest condolences to you and your family.


Ronald Saunders posted on 12/7/20

Thoughts and prayers to Fran and family. It was my good fortune to have had John for a Teke brother. Enjoyed the brief meetings in recent times though way to few and short. He will be missed by many. Ron & Cecile


Jack & Nancy Gladden posted on 12/7/20

I met John in the early 70’s while we worked together at the Naval Sea Combat Systems Engineering Station. John is simply one of the finest people I have ever known. We developed a great working relationship and lasting personal friendship, and we both enjoyed travel to Navy Ships and other commands, including working together on a submarine project in Hawaii. John rose in our command to become Technical Director, the senior civilian. Yet he remained the same friendly, down to earth person he had always been. I have lost a dear friend, as have those who were fortunate enough to know him. I am satisfied that he has been warmly welcomed into Heaven. Nancy and I will miss him greatly, and our hearts go out to Fran, Brantley, Steven and their family. Jack I have never known a more devoted couple - in good times and bad. I know John has gone to Heaven and Fran has the love and support from her boys, and from friends and family alike. Much love comes your way. Nancy


Cindy O’Connor posted on 12/7/20

Fran, sending special prayers to you and your family for strength, love and peace. Amen.


Keith and Dottie Benson posted on 12/7/20

Words can not express the sadness we both felt learning of John’s passing. He lived a very full life as expressed in his beautiful obituary. We were blessed to have known your family through the years and were also blessed to have your family as neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers go with all of the family at this time of great loss. May God fill you with a peace only he can provide.


Darryl Girtz posted on 12/7/20

I met John when he called me and asked if he could meet with me to discuss future employment as I was retiring from the Navy. Someone had apparently referred me to him and so I agreed to meet. It was a productive meeting over lunch and I found the offer he made very interesting and accepted it. I worked with him for over six years and he was always considerate of the issues I had caring for a spouse wife a chronic illness. Professionally he was great to work for and with and I learned much. My sincere condolences to the entire Woodward family. He was a fine man and I know he will be missed.


Rebecca Debnam posted on 12/7/20

So very sorry to read of John's passing. You will be in my thoughts, Fran, as you go through the coming days. Becky


Jim Fulmer posted on 12/4/20

John and I both graduated from Princess Anne High School in 1962 and went on the attend Old Dominion University where we were fraternity brothers in Tau Kappa Epsilon. We both majored in engineering, however, John being a lot smarter than I, went on to finish his engineering degree at Virginia Tech. I ended up with a degree in English and Secondary Education. We both lived in Little Neck and we both had sons who were about the same age. As time went on, we both persueded our careers and had limited contact with one another. Then, several years ago a few TEKE brothers began having breakfast at Denny's. It soon became a weekly ritual that we all looked forward to. It was during this time that I happily renewed my relationship with John. I was so impressed with how John gave of himself to family and friends, especially how he cared for his mother. Learning of John's diagnosis of mesothelioma really hit me hard. To see a good friend do his best to fight such a debilitating disease was truly difficult. Thankfully his medical team at Duke did a miraculous of job of giving John a lease for a longer life. Then came word from John that he had a heart sank. Some time went by without my hearing from John. Then on Monday, November 30th at 4:14 PM John called me and we chatted for almost half an hour. All in all, John appeared to be doing well and he was looking forward to Christmas. Midday Wednesday I received a call from frat brother, Bill Law, who informed me that John had passed heart stopped. My dear friend John had ascended to meet God, the Father. No doubt, there will always be a hole in my heart for the loss of this wonderful man. Dear Fran, Brant and Steven, please accept my deepest condolences and if ever I can lend any asistance, don't hesitiate to call upon me.