- September 7, 1934 - January 13, 2017
- Holyoke, Massachusetts
of John's Passing
- Memorial Contributions may be made to:
Sister's of Saint Joseph Retirement Fund
577 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
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“I am saddened to hear the news about John. I am sorry for your loss.I was away or I would have been there to pay my respect. The H.H. School class of...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Ann LeBlanc - Holyoke, MA
“So sorry for your loss, Jim, Tom, and Woods Family. John was a good man, a heck of an athlete, and a class act.
2 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Lastowski - Holyoke, MA
“John was always an inspiration to me having met him up at Whitings in the early 70s running and more recently on his bike coming down route 5. Will...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Mike Lynch - Holyoke
“John and Pat were my team mates for a while . So sorry to see them go. Both were a pleasure to be around.
4 of 20 | Posted by: Ron Stearns - Marana, AZ
“Our sympaties for your loss. He was teammate, mentor and friend.
5 of 20 | Posted by: Bob & Laura Me - Montgomery, MA
“Condolences to the Woods FamilyJoanne Golden (Paula's friend)
6 of 20 | Posted by: Joanne Golden - Springfield, MA
“We want to send our deepest condolences to the Woods family on their loss. Mr. Woods was a very special part of my childhood and I will always...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Ryan - Capitola, CA
“Good Morning Jim, so sorry to see that your Dad passed away, he was a great teacher and coach and I will always have fond memories of the three years...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Paul Samble - Springfield
“I was saddened to learn that John had passed away. He was a wonderful person and, when we were growing up, a good friend. My sincere condolences to...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: A friend
“Sorry for your lost
10 of 20 | Posted by: Julien Albert
“My condolences to John's family and his sisters and brothers and their families. John was a friend, a teammate and a confidant in our youth . The...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: George McGarrity - Lancaster, PA
“So sorry for your loss....my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
12 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Chivas Moylan
“Bobbie: sympathies to you and your family.Shirley Palczynski, Orlando, FL
13 of 20 | Posted by: A friend
“Mary, John, Jim and Tom, what a pleasure to have known your Dad, so sad to hear of his passing. I hope you can get some comfort knowing right where...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Kirton - Rutland, MA
“I'm so very sorry for your loss Mary and family. God bless your father's soul in heaven as he reunites with your mom, and God bless you and your...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Patti Burns - Springfield, MA
“Thoughts and prayers to the entire Woods Family's .
16 of 20 | Posted by: Shelley Campbell - Greenfield, MA
“Blessings Susan and to all the Woods family.
17 of 20 | Posted by: Dan Overton - Holyoke, MA
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. God bless.
18 of 20 | Posted by: Patti Jennings - Holyoke, MA
“May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
19 of 20 | Posted by: The Pirog's
“To the Woods Family - We are so sorry for your loss and we hope that during this difficult time you find some comfort with your friends and family. ...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Matt Bleakley - 17 Carver, MA
John H. Woods, 82, of Holyoke, died with his family by his side on Friday, January 13, 2017. He was born in Holyoke, son of the late James H. and Katherine (Mahoney) Woods, attended Holyoke Public Schools, and was a graduate of Holyoke High School, Class of 1952. He also graduated from Springfield College with a BS in Physical Education and from Fairfield University in CT with a Master's Degree in English. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War, attaining the rank of Private First Class as a military police officer. John started his career as a physical education teacher at the New Rochelle High School in NY and continued this profession at Kiley Junior High School in Springfield for 33 years where he also coached the football, wrestling and track teams before retiring. He also worked part time for many years at Mt. Tom Ski Area in Holyoke. John was an avid sports enthusiast who played over 20 years with the Tri-County Baseball League, was a member of the Peanut Bowl team with Holyoke High School in 1950, and a member of the Greater Springfield Harriers running club for over 20 years. He was a lifelong member of the Holyoke YMCA and a communicant of Our Lady of the Cross Parish in Holyoke. He was predeceased just six months ago by his wife of 54 years, Mary (McGrath) Woods. John is survived by his three sons: John H. Woods, Jr. and his wife Doreen of East Boston, James B. Woods and his wife Karen of Holyoke, and Thomas M. Woods and his wife Mary Beth of Stamford, CT; a daughter Mary Ryan Rousseau and her husband Michael of Holyoke; eight grandchildren: Michael, Katherine and Elizabeth Rousseau, Maggie, Catherine, Henry, Bradley and Grant Woods; his siblings: Bobbie Quirk, Katherine Burke, Susan Woods all of Holyoke, Richard Woods of New York City, and Paula Kaufman and her husband David of Weymouth; his sisters-in-law and brothers- in-law: Bonnie Woods of Holyoke, Edward and Rueith McGrath of Harwichport, C. Bradley and Ginger McGrath of Northampton, and Robert Walsh of Orlando, FL; and several nieces and nephews. John was also predeceased by his brother James "Pat" Woods in 2015. The funeral will be held Friday, January 20, 2017 from the Barry Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St. followed by a Mass in Our Lady of the Cross Church at 10:00am. Burial will be held in St. Bridgid's Cemetery, Easthampton. Calling hours will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund, 577 Carew St. Springfield, MA 01104.