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Robert Jack Woodruff


1928 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
PACIFIC?GROVE, CA – Robert "Bob" Woodruff was born in the small fishing town of Bandon, Oregon. His early years were spent on a dairy farm, where he was granted the freedom for his imagination to run wild. As an only child, Bob spent his days exploring the woods, streams, sea shore and getting lost in books. He grew up strong and independent. During the bustling end of WWII, Bob moved to San Francisco. While his mom was at work, Bob played hooky, until the school authorities caught up with him. It was here, exploring the streets of San Francisco, Bob learned the importance of the value of family, hard work and an education.
Moving to Pacific Grove at 17 years old, fate smiled on Bob. At Pacific Grove High, he found himself and came face to face with his match. He fell in love with a young woman, who was not only exceptionally beautiful, she was also a strong-willed ally for the future ahead. As his love for Janie grew, Bob soon fell in love with the beauty of Pacific Grove. The two believed it would be the best place to raise a family. Bob and Janie wed and became a unstoppable team that would endure for 65 years and more.
Bob was able to reinvent himself by staying one step ahead of the ever changing times. In his lifetime, he was a Holman's department buyer in toys, worked TV sales, and was a Borden's milkman, before settling down and retiring as the Planning and Building inspector for the City of Pacific Grove. Bob knew the secret to a happy life was a balanced life. He worked hard, but always made sure to leave time to enjoy his passions, like gardening, fishing, swimming and most of all, taking his love, Janie, out dancing.
He and Janie retired in their early 50s and truly stopped to smell the roses. They welcomed two granddaughters and set sail for many adventures exploring the world by ship. They submerged themselves with family, good friends, road trips, family vacations, cruises, love and laughter. They had fun, they had each other.
Through the years, Bob stayed healthy in mind, spirit and body. Bob loved his daughter, granddaughters, great-grandchildren and most of all, his wife. He never shunned from telling them so every day. Dad did it right.
No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The SPCA for Monterey County.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Mar. 11, 2014
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