Michael James Woodhead

March 14, 1949April 3, 2019

Michael James Woodhead 1949 -2019

Michael James Woodhead 70, of Cousins Island died Wednesday April 3, at his home. Mike was born in Lewiston in 1949, the son of Harry Woodhead and Elizabeth Dewhurst Woodhead. He grew up in Somersworth, New Hampshire graduating from high school in 1967. He attended Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire and later earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern Maine. Mike’s career as a Special Education teacher began in Lewiston at Montello School. He also coached Special Olympic athletes in Lewiston before moving to the Auburn school system. He taught at Auburn Middle School and Edward Little High School retiring in 2004 after 29 years of teaching Special Education classes. Mike loved being called “Coach Wood”. He coached sports teams including little league baseball, flag football and EL golf and basketball teams. He was looking forward to watching all four of his grandchildren play baseball this spring. In addition to sports, Mike loved visiting Ireland. He was very proud of his Irish heritage. He had happy memories of playing golf in Ireland and Scotland with his sons and friends. Last fall he was honored to attend the wedding of a wonderful young man from Ireland who introduced Mike at the reception as his American Dad. Mike is survived by his sister Deb Dewhurst of Florida, brother Greg Bridges and his wife Debbie, wife Bonnie Hayward of Yarmouth, daughter Kelley Simmons and husband Patrick of North Yarmouth, son Corey Woodhead of Portland and their mother Pam of North Yarmouth, step son Michael Hayward and his wife Cathy of Cape Elizabeth and his grandchildren Max and Alex Hayward and Zach and Gabby Simmons who he loved with all his heart, as well as his best buddies Indy, Mikey and Maeve. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Mike’s life by visiting his guest book at A celebration of Mike’s life will be celebrated on Tuesday April 9, at 3PM at The Fortin Group AUBURN. There will be time so share memories of Mike so the family is asking if anyone who would like to share a story of mike to be ready to do so during his celebration. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Special Olympics 125 John Roberts Rd. South Portland, ME 04106, or The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society 55 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240, both were very important to Mike. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.


  • Special Olympics
  • The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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Andy Smith

April 6, 2019

Big Mike or Mr. Wood had one of the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met. He clearly touched the lives of so many, from the kids he taught or coached, to his golfing buddies, to the friends of his kids. He will be sorely missed by them all but especially by his beloved family who he cherished more than anything. I know how bad you are all hurting right now and I am so sorry. I love you all - Bonnie, Woody, Kelley, Patrick, Mike and Cathy.