John J. "Jack" Woodcock Jr.
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road
South Windsor, CT
John J. "Jack" Woodcock, Jr., 93, of South Windsor, beloved husband of the late Helen C. Woodcock, passed away at home, Nov. 27, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford, Jack was the first son of the late John J. Woodcock, Sr., and Anna Marie (Gilligan) Woodcock. Jack's father was a decorated City of Hartford fireman, who saved several lives while on duty. John Sr. was called "Hero of the Flames" and was one of the founders of the Hartford Firefighters Union. Jack was raised in Hartford, attended local schools, Immaculate Conception, St. Augustine, Hartford High and St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, where he seriously considered entering the priesthood. That calling was interrupted by World War II. Instead, Jack joined the Merchant Marines, training at the U.S. Maritime Academy in Sheepshead Bay, New York. His service included working on tankers, surrounded by naval fleets destined for such places as Murmansk, Russia. Upon returning from the war, Jack met Helen on Hungerford Street in Hartford, where they both lived just eight houses apart. They were married Dec. 15, 1945, at the Immaculate Conception Church on Park Street, Hartford. In 1953, Jack and Helen moved to South Windsor where they built their first home on Beelzebub Road. In 1955, Jack and Helen founded Woodcock Refrigeration Company, Inc., now in its third generation of family ownership. 66 years later, WRC continues with great success, built on a foundation of blood, sweat and tears invested by Jack and Helen. Jack was the catalyst; Helen was the glue guiding the business to the future. Jack was one of South Windsor's most recognized and respected citizens. He was elected to South Windsor's first Town Council in 1960 and he was a founding charter member of the South Windsor Rotary Club. He served on many town boards and commissions, as well as South Windsor charities, including the American Cancer Society and FISH. Jack was also a loyal supporter and major benefactor of St. Margaret Mary Church. Jack and Helen treasured their family vacation home in Mount Snow, Vermont, which has been in the family since 1967, housing family gatherings spanning five generations.

Jack is survived by his children and their spouses, John J. Woodcock III and Carla, West Hartford, Mark L. Woodcock, South Windsor, Nancy W. DeMay and Douglas of Vernon, and Matthew S. Woodcock and Karma of South Windsor. Jack loved his grandchildren, Christian J. Woodcock, Lee Thomas, Juliana DeMay, Erin DeMay, Michael Woodcock, Kathryn Woodcock, Jack Woodcock and Karma Helen Woodcock; and his great-grandchildren, Grey Lily Woodcock and Noelle Woodcock. He is also survived by his brother, James Woodcock of Manchester; and was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Woodcock and Clare Byrd.

The family would like to share their deepest gratitude for the loving care and compassion of his healthcare aides, Margaret Koonsman, Mavis Duah, Orlando Daron, and Bernard Ofori Adjei..

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 2, at noon, meeting directly at St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Rd., South Windsor. Burial will follow at Wapping Cemetery in South Windsor.

Friends and family may call at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tunnels to Towers, Staten Island, New York.

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Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2021.
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Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, CT
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Margaret Mary Church
80 Hayes Rd, South Windsor, CT
Wapping Cemetery
South Windsor, CT
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To Your Family, We were sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was a true friend to our parents for countless years. We respected him as a man of true accomplishment in all aspects of life. He leaves fond memories to us and many others.
The Chabot Family
December 21, 2021
John, Mark, Nancy and Matt, we were all members of the Beelzebub Road family, going to school together and playing sports in the yards and sharing meals together. Mr. Woodcock (even though I am in my 60´s will always know him as Mr Woodcock) I always had respect for him and what he meant to all of us. Family was always most important to Mr Woodcock, it was a very rare occasion to see him without a family member with him. Please know he is reunited with Mrs Woodcock in heaven. Dewey Post.
Dewey and Diane Post
December 5, 2021
I'm sincerely sorry to hear about Mr. Woodcock. I remember him from when I was a child. He was so pleasant and a hard worker. I know how much he meant to the entire Woodcock Family. My deepest sympathy goes out all those he loved and all those he's touched in his life. His life was filled with many accomplishments, the best being his family.
Julie Cortese (Dari Delite)
December 4, 2021
I alway's enjoyed talking with Jack. I would love to tell him the latest joke and his laughter would make everyone look up on practice range .He was a great man.He will be missed.
Robert Crowley
December 1, 2021
John, Mark, Nancy and Matt my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time. I cannot imagine the grief you must be experiencing. I remember your dad as a kind and caring man committed to his family and to managing a successful and thriving business. My heart goes out to you and to all the grandchildren and extended family members. Accept my sincere condolences and prayers.
Greg Sheehan
December 1, 2021
Thank you uncle Jack for all the love & influence you've had on my life. Remembering you as always with love and reverence. All my love, Jimbo
Jim Woodcock Jr
December 1, 2021
Our sincere sympathies for your loss.
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
November 30, 2021
Our sincere condolence to the family and friends of John Woodcock. We wish you all much comfort during this difficult time and hope that the fond memories that you have shared with her will sustain you in the years ahead.
Ezeko & Rossy
December 1, 2021
John and Family, Lorraine and I are saddened to learn of Jack's passing. Please accept our condolences. - Bob Hurd
Robert B Hurd
November 30, 2021
Steve Ambrose
November 30, 2021
Our condolences go out to you and your family as you deal with your loss of your father. I know your Dad holds a special place in your heart - may you find solace in all the wonderful memories.
Ken Horton & Eileen Bartley
November 30, 2021
John, Carla and all who cherished Mr. J. Woodcock , please accept our deepest sympathies and prayers of comfort .
The Family of Dan and Deb Freeman
November 30, 2021
I want to extend the Roscio´s sincere condolences on the passing of Jack. As kids we all grew up together on Beelzebub Rd and both our parents spent a lot of time together. Jack and Helens three youngest kids Mark,Nancy and Matt were all born months apart of myself,Christine and Suzy so we were all were pretty close with each other and remain so to this day. Jack´s passing marks an end of an era. As I look back on my time as a youth,it´s important to note that the values that men like Jack passed onto to us all,helped shaped us to become the adults we are today. We didn´t know it at the time but those were lessons learned about honesty, integrity and perseverance. We didn´t pay much attention to these lessons at the time due to our youth and inexperience but as we have all grown older and wiser these were traits that defined us as adults and allowed us to try and install these same values on our own kids. Every time I would see Jack on the golf course or at his office he would always inquire about our family and to be sure I convey his best wishes to them. We mourn his passing but take comfort that his 93 years was a life well lived and ,that after a 8 year absence ,he is finally back with Helen after her passing. All we can say is well done Mr Woodcock.
Mark S Roscio
November 29, 2021
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