William Woods
1939 - 2020
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William Noel

Selbyville - William Woods Noel, Jr. (Woody), passed away at home surrounded by the love of his family after a long and courageous four year battle with cancer on May 19, 2020. Woody was born on March 11, 1939 in Hagerstown, MD to William Woods and Louise Buckingham Noel and was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan University. Prior to her death in 2018, he was married to the love of his life and best friend Gail for 57 years. Woody, the patriarch of the family, is survived by his four children, 10 grand children and 2 great grandchildren: Margie Noel Temple and Brad (Zachary, Kristen, Oliver and Finley of Camden, DE , Noel, Patrick and Shawn) of Salisbury MD.; William (Billy) Woods Noel III and Donna (Will [William Woods IV] and Katie) of Oakton, VA; David G. Noel (Bailey and Spencer); Michael D. Noel and Mary Ann (Danny and Tyler) of Magnolia, DE. He is also survived by his sister Christine Louise and Jim Snurr of Hagerstown, MD.

Every man dies; not every man really lives; Woody truly lived! Woody loved life and devoted his life to his love Gail and the family they built. Starting their family in Seaford, DE, Woody began his career at the DuPont Co. in 1962 and retired in 1997. Moving to Fenwick following his retirement, made for a new chapter thus creating many new memories of the beach for Gail and the family. Woody started his latest endeavor which proved to be one of the most rewarding of his life when he was asked to join the Board of Directors of the Delaware Electric Cooperative in 2009 in addition to having the privilege of representing Delaware on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in Arlington, VA. Woody loved telling all who were willing to listen about the Co-Op and rural electricity. He also loved sharing his stories, opinions and life lessons with his children and grandchildren. His perfect day was waking up beside Gail, a morning in the garden and an afternoon on the pontoon followed by a big family dinner before settling on the back deck with his vodka and tonic listening to his family's conversations. He is now reunited with Gail and will be missed by all who were blessed to have loved and known him.

A private family burial will take place at The Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Cemetery in Bethany Beach, DE. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Woody's name to the John H. "Jack" Burbage Regional Cancer Care Center at Atlantic General Hospital Foundation, 10320 Old Ocean City Blvd Berlin, MD. 21811 or online at https://www.atlanticgeneral.org/foundation/give-now/. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, Maryland, condolences may be made via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

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Published in Delaware Wave from May 20 to Jun. 2, 2020.
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May 20, 2020
We were fortunate to be friends with your Mom and Dad through the Coop and enjoyed many good times at the Coop conferences and events. Your Mom was really missed by me at the conferences, as we used to hang together. Your Dad will be missed, but I think he is at peace now that he's with your Mom again and there will be no more suffering. Your family is in our prayers.
Carol and Charles Towles
May 20, 2020
Our family will never forget the first day we met Woody, it was the day we moved into the beach house July of 2012. Woody came over with a big box of figs, he grew in his yard. He made our family feel so welcomed, and over the years he and Gail made us feel like family. We feel so blessed to have him in our lives, and even more so the memories that will remain in our hearts. He was full of stories in which he shared his wisdom, we especially loved the ones he told of he and Gail when the kids were young, his move to Fenwick and the advice on whether Bob should retire or not. We will miss catching up on summer weekends, visiting with him in the off season, but most of all we will miss his big heart. We will be planting a fig tree in our yard in honor of Woody. We are truly sorry for your loss, but we know he is reunited with Gail and his suffering is no more.
Paddi, Bob & Bobby Cathell
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