Ronald H. Woods

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My father Ron Woods was a man, simply a man. He was a man come from a boy. The boy, a leader in his family of five stood up to the challenge of being a man. He was a big brother to two girls now grateful, but at the time reluctant and rebellious of his authority. My Aunts June and Lola loved their Ronnie then and now that he has gone and left them to their own.

His life started in Brooklyn, NY in September 1933. His mother Viola Woods was a working mother when it was not common. As a result the boy had to help in ways that most boys didn't. His father Victor Woods, not always present, left my father the man of the house. He passed the torch of oldest child to me. We often joked about this when I was grown. I, like him, did not enjoy the role and my siblings made sure I knew they were having none of it.

Dad met my mother Kathy in Maine while in the Coast Guard. They married in 1959 and had five children: I, Karen, Kristina, Sean, and Maureen. The marriage survived the perils of addiction and the loss of a child only to ultimately fail. Since then he has become a grandfather to six: Greer, Cameron, Lilly, Sagen, Jude and Maria.

My father remarried in 1989. He and his wife Judi were married for just shy of 25 years. He became a surrogate father, grandfather and great-grandfather to Judi's daughter Heidi and her children Chassidy, Haley, and Chassidy's children.

This was a man that loved a good debate, a good sail, a good run onstage in community theater productions, a good trip, and a good cigarette. The last of his favorites was his nemesis and the cause of the illness that took his life.

He was very proud of his academic accomplishments. He was a graduate of and professor of economics for St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He received a master's degree from Cornell University. As a parent he was always a lifelong teacher. He started his working career on the beach in Seabright, NJ at the age of 13. He spent 32 years working in human resources at a variety of oil companies. He started with Union Carbide and retired with Raytheon in Houston.

None of us can expect to live a perfect life but we can hope to live a full one. My dad did just that. You always knew where you stood with him; though his words might sting they were honest and straight to the point. The point being that he loved you and wanted you to do your best and live your best life. He helped me do both. Thanks Poppy.

Jerilee Woods Boily

Published on from May 1 to May 14, 2014