Paul H. Woodard, 93, passed away at his home in Leverett on Dec. 31.
He was born in Leverett on Nov. 25, 1920, to Harold and Ethel (Beaman) Woodard. He attended three different one-room schoolhouses in Leverett, and went on to graduate from Smith Vocational School in 1938.
Paul served in the U.S. Marines during WW II in the Pacific theater as an airplane mechanic in a B-25 squadron known as VMB-612, achieving the rank of Tech. Sergeant.
Paul married Arlene Buckmaster of Montague on July 30, 1948, and they celebrated their 65th anniversary last summer. He built their home in Leverett in 1950 on land inherited from the Beamans.
Paul worked as a machinist at Martin Machine in Montague before joining the service in 1942. He was a school bus contractor and driver for 35 yrs. for the Town of Leverett. He raised chickens, selling eggs wholesale and retail. He raised honey bees, selling honey through local stores. He was a coppersmith, making custom-made chandeliers and lamps, and was one of the first resident craftsmen at Leverett Crafts and Arts. He was a talented and gifted mason, carpenter, cabinetmaker, plumber, gardener, arborist and mechanic whenever the need arose in his own or his family's homes. His quick, witty and lighthearted sense of humor and kindness of heart always brought a smile to others up to his very last days.
Paul and Arlene spent many summers at their camp on Lake Damariscotta in Maine, and particularly enjoyed church suppers, fishing, sailing and boating on the lake, and Moody's Diner.
He was a lifetime member of the Leverett Congregational Church and sang in the choir prior to WW II.
Paul was a founding member and deputy chief of the Leverett Volunteer Fire Dept. for many years.
Paul was predeceased by the love of his life, Arlene, who passed 16 days before him. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Donald and Gilbert, and his sister, Christine.
Survivors include his son, Steve of Leverett and his partner Cathy King, and his daughter, Jane Taupier and her husband Mike of Meriden,N.H.; grandsons, Corydon Woodard and his wife Kate of Cummington and Collin Woodard of Leverett; granddaughters, Carlye Woodard and her partner Fitzhugh Tarry of Greenfield, Erin Klocek and her husband Dave of Plainfield,N.H., and Anna Hood and her husband Jason of Salisbury,N.H.; great-grandchildren, Ellis and Jaka Tarry, Jackson Klocek, Cordelia and Lysander Woodard, Ivy and Elibet Hood; his brother, Phip and his wife Kay of Leverett; and many nieces and nephews and their families. He will be very much missed by us all.
A graveside service for Paul and Arlene will be held at the East Leverett Cemetery in the spring.
The family wishes to thank the VNA of Cooley Dickinson and Franklin County Home Care.
Donations can be made to the Dakin Animal Shelter in Leverett.