RICHFIELD SPRINGS - Robert William Woodrow Jr., "Woody," 82, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, Oct. 12, 2019, at Folts Brook Skilled Nursing Facility, Herkimer. He had the love and support of his devoted family by his side.
Woody was born Sept. 14, 1937, in Cooperstown, son of the late Robert W. Sr. and Mildred Jackson Woodrow.
He was raised in Garrattsville and was a graduate of Morris High School. He furthered his education graduating from SUNY Canton.
On Feb. 28, 1961, he entered the United States Army where he specialized in communications monitoring. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 21, 1964, attaining the rank of Specialist 5th Class.
For many years Mr. Woodrow was a self-employed carpenter. He later became manager of the Richfield Springs Veterans Club.
Woody will always be remembered as a man with a true sense of community. He was a member and former commander of Shepardson, Hugick and Purcell American Legion Post No. 616, Richfield Springs, member and past president of the Richfield Springs Lions Club and proud member of the Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
In his leisure time he enjoyed playing darts, playing golf, bowling and shuffle board. He liked to cook for dinners that were held at the Veterans Club and was also a volunteer at the Meals on Wheels program in Richfield Springs.
To all who knew him they will never forget a kind, caring and helpful gentleman. He was always there to help while looking for nothing in return. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.
He is survived by two sons, R. Joseph Woodrow of Richfield Springs and his significant other, Theresa Hill of Little Falls and Peter Woodrow of Richfield Springs; two daughters, Jane Smith and her husband, Chance of Camden, North Carolina and Emily Woodrow-Thorp and her husband, Nicholas of Gresham, Oregon; the mother of Woody's children, Margaret Ann Woodrow of Richfield Springs; his aunt, Laura Neighbor of Pulaski; six grandchildren, Kaylyn Smith, Weston Smith, Seth Thorp, Hadyn Woodrow, Samuel Thorp and Madaline Woodrow; and two nieces.
Calling hours will be from noon until 2 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 26, at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 W. James St., Richfield Springs. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Allen Miller officiating. Interment, with military honors accorded by the U.S. Amy, will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Richfield Springs.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to American Legion Post 616, P.O. Box 686, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, or the Richfield Springs Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 1456, Richfield Springs. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Published on October 20, 2019


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