OBITUARY

Dudley H. Woodbridge

June 3, 1928March 22, 2014
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Dudley H. Woodbridge, 85, of Clinton, CT, and formerly of Morristown, NJ, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2014 following a short illness.

He was an only child born on June 3, 1928 in Rochester, MN, to the late Dr. Philip D. Woodbridge and Marion C. Maercklein Woodbridge.

Mr. Woodbridge received his bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore College, and a Masters in Urban Planning at MIT. In January of 1955 he started work at the Morris County Planning Board in New Jersey as a Junior Planner. By January 1962 he had advanced to the position of Planning Director and continued to work for the County until his retirement in 1992. During his working years he was appointed to the Morris County Board of Transportation where he continued to serve until October of 2012.

Mr. Woodbridge loved to explore the history and development of the automobile and road design, which fueled his civic and professional involvement in promoting public transportation.

Mr. Woodbridge also had a passion for classical music. He was an amateur chorus member. He met his wife while a member of the MIT chorus. They have sung together in various choruses for 60 years, at Carnegie Hall as well as various locations in Europe.

He has lived the last few years with his wife and four generations of family in his daughter’s house in Clinton. He enjoyed the bustle and liveliness that surrounded him. Mr. Woodbridge’s family had a summer home in Clinton from 1930 until the early 1970’s, so he was right at home in Clinton.

He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty years, Alice “Genie” Woodbridge; his children Charles Alan Woodbridge and his longtime companion Sharon Coleman of Niantic, Grace “Betty” Langley of Clinton, and Stephen D Woodbridge of Greenfield, MA: five grandchildren and several great grandchildren. His son-in-law Timothy D. Langley predeceased him.

A calling hour will be held on Saturday March 29th at 11:00 AM at Swan Funeral Home, 80 E. Main St., Clinton, CT, followed by a memorial service at the funeral home. To sign the online guest book, visit www.swanfh.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 29, 2014
  • Calling Hour Saturday, March 29, 2014
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Dudley H. Woodbridge

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Betty Langley

April 9, 2014

Missing you so much. Peace.

Geri Silk

April 2, 2014

To the family of Dudley Woodbridge:
I was so stunned to learn of Dudley's passing. What a great and subtle man--always a gentlman-- with his wry and sophisticated humor. His keen and intelligent eyes rested on you and looked deeply into your very soul. My Dad and I spent many pleasurable hours in the company of Dudley and Genie--appreciatinig the finer things of life like music, theatre, good food and adventurous travel. One weekend, I spent with them in their Massachusetts house, I was treated to a visit to a butterfly farm. I shall always treasure the vision of the butterflies hovering around Dudley and landing ever so softly on his summer shirt.Creatures such as these can sense a kind and gentle man, and friend to the universe..

Linda Jones

March 29, 2014

Dear Genie,
We always appreciated Dudley's kindness and intelligence -- and your visits to us in New Hampshire leave us with wonderful memories. I am so sorry you have lost your partner. Much love to you.

March 27, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find peace, love and comfort in remembering special times.

Hugs... Betty and John

Elizabeth Bain

March 27, 2014

Thinking of you all with sympathy at this sad time. I always enjoyed a laugh with Dudley when he came to our "get out the newsletter" parties once a month at MUF. He will be missed by many!

March 27, 2014

Genie and family: So sorry to hear about Dudley; he was a good man.
Maria Manna (Rockaway, NJ)

June Van Thoen

March 27, 2014

Genie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a kind and gentle man who will be missed. I loved it when you sang with us here at Morristown UMC. It was always such a pleasure. Blessings and peace to you.

June Van Thoen

March 27, 2014

Genie and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful man. He will be missed, but has left a wonderful legacy.

Lynn Watrous

March 27, 2014

To Betty and Family, my deepest sympathy. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Love, Lynn Watrous

grace langley

March 26, 2014