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Lindquist Funeral Home

1 Mayberry Ln, Yarmouth, ME

OBITUARY

Robert Earle Woodbury

September 11, 1944February 9, 2020
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Augusta - Robert (Bob) E. Woodbury, 75, of Freeport passed away on the morning of February 9, 2020, peacefully and with his daughters at his side. Bob was born in Portland, Maine, son of Earle and Nellie Woodbury. He graduated from Greely High School and served as a Lieutenant in the Army during the Vietnam War. After the war he returned to Maine to complete his education, receiving degrees from the University of Southern Maine and the University of New Hampshire. Bob was a teacher, principal and eventually superintendent of schools in the Madison School District from 1973 to 1990. While working as a superintendent, he also completed a doctorate in education at UC Santa Barbara. In 1990 he moved to Gray, where he was superintendent of schools from 1990 to 1994. He retired from education in 1994.

Bob was known as a mentor and friend to many that had the pleasure of crossing his path, always ready with thoughtful advice or a good joke to share. A caring and wonderful father and grandfather, Bob took vacations with his family whenever he could, and loved immersing himself in history on his travels. He was an avid sports fan and loved to golf, bowl, camp, hike, take his boat out on Sebago Lake with his friends, and hang out with his dog, Cody, whom he took everywhere with him. Bob was also very committed to the American Legion, where he was Adjutant at American Legion Post #35 for 11 years.

Bob is survived by his three daughters, Diane Conti, Sarah Woodbury and Jolene Woodbury; his grandchildren, Spencer Collins, Alec Conti and Nicholas Conti; his nephews; his stepchildren; and his dog, Cody. He was predeceased by his parents, Earle and Nellie Woodbury, and his brother, Frank Woodbury.

Bob spent his final days at Togus Springs at the VA. Bob’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, caregivers and volunteers at the VA and at Togus Springs for the wonderful care they gave him over the years. The family will be forever grateful.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Maine Veteran Cemetery in the Chapel on Mt. Vernon Road in Augusta. A reception will follow at the American Legion at 7 Legion Drive in Augusta. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Somerset Humane Society in Skowhegan.

Services

  • Committal Service Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Reception Friday, February 21, 2020

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Eugene Weir

February 22, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your of your loss. I grew up with Bob here in Cumberland. We both graduated from Greely in 1962. I always admired him as he was much more able to adapt to the learning environment than myself. Bob was a kindhearted jokester, a friend, a competitor, I will always have fond memories of our times together. Prov. 27:17 As Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Steve Mudie

February 20, 2020

Mr. Woodbury was my science teacher in Madison Junior high back in the early 70's and he stands out in many memories of my school days then and even one after I graduated high school. One time I was hitchhiking to get on the highway in Gray in the early 80's when - of all the people in the world - he picked me up in a small pickup truck. We talked the long ride all the way to Norridgewock where he dropped me off at my girlfriend's house. He'd remembered me from years before among all of his many students and was happy to give me a ride.

Roben Voigt

February 20, 2020

Bob was a wonderful neighbor and friend since 2009, and we will miss him very much. We often spent time together in Freeport and Brunswick dining at local restaurants and hanging out at our homes. Bob and I had similar backgrounds in the administration of educational programs which led to many interesting experiences, talks and laughs. Since he also had many other interests, we could discuss a wide variety of topics.

Bob loved his family and enjoyed talking about them, and his past and future trips with them. His face always lit up when he talked about them. And, Cody the pup, always rode between Bob and me when we went somewhere together, or if I was working in my yard when Bob drove by, Cody would bark a hello.

The world has lost an exceptionally good man who will be missed by many.

gary sprague

February 20, 2020

I knew Bob only a short time through bowling and golf. We had some great times competing and going to Celtics and Yankee games. He was a good friend and I will miss him very much.

Roger Beaulieu

February 17, 2020

Woody and I were very close friends. We were roommates in college for three years. We could make each other laugh out loud at any time. Bob would sleepwalk on occasion. One night he got up and walked over to my desk and relieved himself on my geology notes that l had been studying. When approached about this he denied it(with that Woody smirk on his face). I will miss you Woody!

Warren Barker

February 17, 2020

Working with Bob for quite a number of years, he was some one if you wanted to get cherred up he was the to go to.ALWAYS had a smile on and cheerful. You left a mark on people. Wally.

Shari Hutchinson

February 15, 2020

He had the pleasure of educating me throughout many years we taught each other a lot throughout the years at Madison. He is one of the many who got me through my childhood years and later on even respected me as an adult. I shall treasure our memories.

Tricia White

February 15, 2020

Bob lived by example and with integrity. His most important job and accomplishments were his daughters and his grandsons. He loved them fiercely and unconditionally. "Bobby" was a father figure to me as a child and then evolved into a best friend, mentor, and hero. He had a huge heart, incredible wisdom, awesome sense of humor, wise advice, and comforting love. He helped raise me and he always pushed me to live life in a positive light. He was always busy taking care of himself and other people. His love and memories will keep his spirit alive. He would wish for happy thoughts and peaceful memories. Rest easy now Bobby. We are all so blessed by your humor, grace, integrity, and true love.

Mark Ballard

February 14, 2020

Bob was a great guy. A rare breed among men.


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