WOODWARD, Charles E.
Charles E. Woodward, 101, of Simsbury, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth O. (Walsh) Woodward, died Saturday, (September 24, 2011) at Bel-Air Manor in Newington. He was born September 3, 1910 in Waterbury, son of the late Charles S. and Fanny (French) Woodward and had lived in Simsbury for many years. He was a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Class of 1931 magna cum laude, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering. Mr. Woodward worked at United Aircraft for 23 years prior to his retirement in 1980. Prior to that he developed several patents for M.Swift and Sons, a former Hartford gold coatings company. He is survived by his 104 year old sister Naomi Lynch of Canton; four sons, Charles of Winsted, Robert and wife Elizabeth Woodward of Woodstock Valley, William and wife Ellen Woodward of Monmouth, ME and Stephen Woodward of Callicoon, NY; five daughters, Judith Woodward of Rocky Hill, Susan and husband William Lincoln of Norwell, MA, Elizabeth Herrick of Newington, Martha Woodward and her partner Karen Bruckhauser of Somers and Dorothy Woodward and her husband Michael Swiecicki of Brentwood, TN; 12 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Ruth Mills of California and his brother LeRoy Woodward of Atlanta GA. Charlie, known as Chick to some, was a self reliant man and was interested and participated in many pursuits. His love of the out-doors, stewardship of nature, education and self-sufficiency are all traits that he passed on to his children, and extended family. He continued his own education on many subjects at Hillyer College and later the University of Hartford. He educated all of his children to the full extent of his and their abilities. His hiking included an after college jaunt with his friend Kenyon to the West to summit Longs Peak through many summitings of Mt. Washington, with family members, and he summited many other Eastern peaks. He accomplished much of the Appalachian Trail, and several times hiked his favorite venue, a piece of the Long Trail in Vermont. Family hikes included counting and identifying plants and birds. He fished, open water and ice fishing, and gardened, both for enjoyment and food for the family. He found wild blueberries in obscure places in large enough quantities for Betty to make delicious pies and her famous blueberry buckle. He rode his Liberty bike, issued to him during WWII, into his eighties for economy and to collect returnables. He was involved in the community as a Codger, a member of the Simsbury First Church of Christ and choir, sang in the Farmington Valley Chorale, attended Great Books discussions, read at the library, and worked at the Simsbury Historical Society among many other things. Charlie loved seafood. His big family treats included annual trips to Honisses Restaurant and Oyster Bar and later Francis Farm in Rehoboth, RI. He never met a hotdog he didn't like (with everything on it including sauce (no catsup)). Charlie was active and interested in many fields. He shared all of these interests and pursuits with his family sometimes under duress. Still today his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, continue to benefit and enjoy, variously, all of his multiple lessons. His later years were a slow decline and painful for his family to endure. But now he is in a better place with his much loved wife Betty.
There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be celebrated Friday, October 7th, 1 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. Burial will follow in Simsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the WPI Scholarship fund of the Class of 1931, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609 or to First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070 or to the Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 or to Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104 or any charity of the donor's choice many of whom benefited from Mr. Woodward contributions. Vincent Funeral Home of Simsbury is caring for the arrangements. Please visit Mr. Woodward's "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.