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Obituaries

June 5, 2013

John Woodfall, 99

Putnam, CT — John Davis Woodfall, 99, formerly of Heritage Road, Putnam, Conn., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 28, at Anna Jacques Hospital, Newburyport, Mass., with his family members at his side. John was born on December 16, 1913, in Rutland, Vt., to Colin Baines and Marion Davis Woodfall. He graduated from Rutland High School in 1931. John married Marian G. Woodis in 1942.

Mr. Woodfall relocated to Putnam in 1938, to begin his 45-year career in the textile industry. He started his career at Putnam Woolen, working there for nearly 20 years. After working for several years in Woonsocket, R.I., he later joined Hale Manufacturing, where he remained when Hale merged with Monsanto. He retired after 20 years as the senior manager in materials and production control.

As well as being an avid gardener, and a HO train enthusiast, John was very active in the Putnam community. He was a member and former vice president of the Aspinock Historical Society, and a long-standing member of the Putnam Planning Commission, receiving a special citation for his many years with the commission. John was also a member of the Putnam School Board for several years. He was the former treasurer and board member of Putnam Baptist Homes Inc., until fully retiring at age 97 in 2011, when he moved to Amesbury, Mass., to spend his remaining time with family, including the celebration of his 100th Christmas and 100th New Years. This year, he was awarded “Board Member Emeritus” of the Putnam Baptist Homes Inc in recognition of his many years of dedicated service.

He leaves two sons, Colin D. Woodfall and his wife, Karen, of Salem, N.H., and Gordon G. Woodfall and his wife, Joanne, of Amesbury, Mass.; five grandchildren, Leslie Lanctot and husband, Dan, of Plainfield, Conn., Christopher Woodfall of Wakefield, N.H., Justin Woodfall and wife, Janelle, of Newburyport, Mass., Nathan Woodfall of Rochester, N.H., and Megan Woodfall of Saco, Maine. He also leaves one great-granddaughter, Reagan Woodfall of Newburyport, Mass.; two sisters-in-law, Iva Woodis and Pauline Woodis; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Marian in 1979, his sister Ruth E. Woodfall in 1973, and his brother Colin C. Woodfall in 1996.

ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woodfall Memorial Fund, c/o The Citizens National Bank, 182 Main St, P.O. Box 6002, Putnam, CT 06260. Smith & Walker was in charge of arrangements. There were no calling hours. The service and burial were private.

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