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.
For online condolences, please visitwww.carmonfuneralhome.com
Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2021.