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BENNINGTON -- Leslie (Les) “Josh” Woodcock died May 13, 2006, at the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington.

Leslie was born Nov. 27, 1931, the son of Frederick and Elinor (Naylor) Woodcock, in Sandgate. He attended Sandgate School and Arlington High School.

Survivors include his wife Faye Elaine (Kristiansen) Woodcock, whom he married March 18, 1967; two brothers, William and Robert Woodcock; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved Siamese cats, Polly and Phoebe, and not to be forgotten, Toby. Three brothers predeceased him, Frederick, John, and Norman, and two sisters, Mary and Charlotte.

Leslie enlisted in the U.S. Army paratroopers in 1951 and served in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1953. Leslie was a member of the American Legion Post 69 in Arlington for 48 years.

Leslie worked for the Bentley’s of Sandgate, worked on the Bedell Farm, for Robertson Law, for Wilcox Lumber Co. of West Arlington for 30 years, rk Miles of Manchester Center and Dorr Septic Co. He drove all kinds of trucks and machinery and drove more than a million miles. He loved truck driving and all the people he met.

Leslie was a wonderful husband, brother, friend, mentor and practical joker. He was caring, generous and accepted everyone from the bottom of his heart. He built individual, unique relationships. He was able to connect with people on their level. He had a passion for people and their stories, coupled with a clear memory of past events. He had an enormous sense of humor which will be sorely missed.

Leslie was reliable; he could always be counted on in any situation. His integrity shone; he was true to himself and honest. He was faithful and always available to friends and family. He was loving, thoughtful and considerate. He really enjoyed life. He loved hunting and fishing and just enjoying the great outdoors and nature. He was an avid birdwatcher and gardener. He could always be found working on his woodpile, cutting and splitting and stacking in his spare time. He was an avid Red Sox fan.

Funeral services with military honors will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 12 p.m. at the Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center. Pastor John C. Foster will officiate. Internment will follow the service at Factory Point Cemetery, Manchester Center. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. For directions of to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 15, 2006
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