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Robert V. Woodward

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Laconia----Robert V. Woodward, 90, of 137 Oak Street, died on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Laconia.

         Robert was born May 13, 1916 in Laconia, NH, the son of William Lawrence and Evelyn (Gilman) Woodward. 

         Robert grew up in Sandwich and Tamworth, moving to Laconia in 1942.  He attended Brewster Academy, Class of 1934 and served in WWII and the Korean Conflict.  He was a life long forester manning the Red Hill Fire Tower and later becoming a State Forester, working on Blister Rust Control in Carroll and Belknap Counties.  He was a registered land surveyor, town line perambulator and constant teacher.  He will be remembered for his insect collection and his many visits to schools sharing his knowledge of nature.  He was known to many children as “The Bug Man”.  His well-attended presentations at local historical societies were informative and humorous.

         Robert received many awards including Honorary Life Member of the New Hampshire Surveyors Association and was honored in 1997 by the Lakes Region Board of Realtors “for tireless effort to protect our landscape”.  He was a charter member of Den Brae Golf Course, a life member of Red Hill Lodge #68 and a former Laconia Public Library Trustee.

         Robert was the loving husband of Priscilla (Perkins) Woodward who died in May, 2006.  The family includes his daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Ralph Twombly of Kingston, NH; three grandchildren, Ralph Twombly, Jr. and Leanne Durant of Exeter, NH and Beth Mahoney of Colchester, Ct; five great-grandchildren and a brother, William Harold Woodward of Gautier, MS.

         There will be no calling hours.

A celebration of his life will be held in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH on Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 1:00PM.  Rev. Dr. Warren Bouton, Pastor of the Laconia Congregational Church, will officiate.

 Burial will be in the family lot in Chickville Cemetery, Center Ossipee, NH.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sandwich Historical Society, Elisha Marston House, 4 Maple Street, Center Sandwich, NH 03227-0106

Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements. 

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