Paul Francis Woodberry
1927 - 2021
BORN
1927
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home
3321 Glynn Ave
Brunswick, GA
WOODBERRY, Paul Francis Paul Francis Woodberry of Sea Island, Georgia passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on October 15, 2021. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 23, 1927. The most meaningful things in his life were his religion, his family, his military service, and his business career. Paul was a faithful Catholic. He also respected the importance of other Christian religions, Judaism, and non-Christian religions. He believed in God and in life after death. He believed that God caused the creation of our universe through the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, the creation of our planet earth 4.5 billion years ago, and the creation of intelligent human beings about 60,000 or more years ago. Paul and his wife, Margery Ann Brennan ("Sandy"), were married in Arlington, Massachusetts on May 7, 1955. Paul was devoted to his wonderful wife Sandy. She was the most important person in his life, and an inspirational mother. They were very happily married for 57 years. They were very pleased with their 5 children, their spouses, and their 15 grandchildren. In September 2021, Paul was delighted with the birth of a great granddaughter. Paul graduated from Boston Latin School in 1945. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1949, and received an MBA from Dartmouth in 1950. When the Korean War started on June 25, 1950, Paul volunteered for the United States Air Force. He completed flight training, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and Navigator. He flew in B-26 bombers on 55 combat missions over North Korea in 1952 and 1953. Last May, he was profiled as a local veteran in the Brunswick News which featured stories from his service in Korea. From 1955 to 2012, he was a business executive with W.R. Grace & Co., Alleghany Corporation, Centex Corporation, and BFE Corporation, and a director of many other companies. His business career was based on dedication, hard work, getting things done, being a team player, and persistence. Paul was predeceased by his wife Sandy, their daughter Laura Woodberry Jessiman, his sister Nancy Woodberry Sherman, and his parents Ronald Sturgis Woodberry and Elsie Eugenie Woodberry. Paul is survived by his son Seth and his wife Jenna Woodberry of Dallas, TX, his daughter Lesley and her husband Mark Robinson of Washington, D.C., his son Sturgis and his wife Carolyn Woodberry of Darien, CT, his daughter Sarah Woodberry of Darien, CT, his son-in-law Alistair Jessiman of Chevy Chase, MD, his brother Robert and his wife Marlinda Woodberry of Walnut Creek, CA, and his sister Marie Roberts of Lexington, MA. Paul is also survived by his grandchildren, Hugh and his wife Cassie Jessiman, Andrew and his wife Kate Jessiman, and Margaret Jessiman, Haley, Matthew, Emma, Margaret and Abigail Woodberry, Austen, Gordon, Malcolm and Gwen Robinson, and Paul, CJ, and Elizabeth Woodberryas well as one great granddaughter, Laura Lily Jessiman. A private Funeral Mass and memorial will be celebrated by the family. Paul will be buried beside the graves of his wife Sandy and their daughter Laura Jessiman at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien, CT. The family respectfully requests no flowers.



Published by Dallas Morning News on Oct. 24, 2021.
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I was very saddened to hear of Paul's passing and I want to offer my condolences. Paul was a family friend who I got to know well during my childhood in Hanover, New Hampshire as my family attended the same church. My parents quickly became friends with Paul and Sandy and continued that friendship up until his recent passing. In my memories of Paul I know he was a wonderful man and friend. One great memory I have is when I was 12, my friend and I interviewed him about his military service for a school project. We walked from the middle school to the Woodberry's home and Sandy brought out all of his memorabilia, such as medals and a uniform. I filmed it and still have the DVD somewhere! I've always been fascinated hearing about history from someone who lived it, and Paul had a lot of wisdom from his life experiences. I always intently listened to when he spoke. Another great memory is in high school when he opened his guest home in Georgia to our family for a vacation. He was staying at his home down the road, so we spent some time visiting him there. Getting to explore Sea Island with Paul as our guide is still one of my favorite family vacations! We moved to the Seacoast of New Hampshire in 2011 after I graduated high school and Paul come down to visit us. Every year he would stay at the Wentworth Hotel and would take my whole family out to dinner. He always took a genuine interest in my studies at college and my career path. Every time he spoke with my dad, David, he would ask about how my sister and I were. I always remembered that. I know Paul's memory will live on. He was an incredible man with an amazing life story, and he certainly lived a full life. My thoughts and blessings go out to the Woodberry family.
Lauren Bucciero
Friend
November 20, 2021
Stephen Hochman
October 30, 2021
To Seth, Lesley, Sturgis and Laura--I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. I think the last time I saw Uncle Paul was at my parents' 50th wedding anniversary and he was there with your mom. Paul was a steady, strong presence--may he rest in peace. love to all of you. Deborah
Deborah Sherman
October 23, 2021
Paul was one of my most interesting and optimistic customers. I enjoyed driving him to/from JAX. RIP
John
Work
October 22, 2021
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