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John F. Woodland
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Alton-----John F. Woodland, of 31 Barnes Avenue, known to his
family and friends as “Jack”, died on September 27, 2008 at his home at the age of 66.

Jack was born January 3, 1942 in Melrose, Mass., the son of Raymond and Hilda (Saley) Woodland. He was a long time resident of Alton, N.H. and was actively involved in his community for many years.

Jack was employed by the auto body shop of the now dissolved Manter Oldsmobile Pontiac in Laconia for almost forty years. He took great pride in his work and became the foreman and safety coordinator. When Manter closed its doors in 2002, he joined Irwin Motors, also of Laconia, until his retirement.

Jack was a lieutenant in the Alton Volunteer Fire Department for twenty-five years. He was involved in many of the activities organized and in support of the Fire Department and he dedicated many hours to repairing the local vintage fire trucks. He also enjoyed camping and hiking with his family, writing poetry, woodworking and model trains. More recently, he became actively involved in the Alton Community Church; serving in such capacities as Trustee and Member of the Board of Christian Education. As Youth Group Coordinator, he was instrumental in creating and maintaining programs for local young people. He participated in the Church praise group and choir. As a motorcycle enthusiast, he became an active member of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He served for two years as President of the local chapter of the CMA. Through the CMA, he undertook prison ministry activities.

Jack is survived by his wife, Janelle (Moore) Woodland, of Alton; his daughters, Suzanne Woodland and her husband, John Kayser, of Greenland, N.H. and Christine Fritschka and her husband, Tom, of Gilmanton, N.H., his stepsons, Keith Wentworth and his wife, Stephanie, of Laconia N.H., and Scott Wentworth of San Diego, Calif.; his brother, Robert Woodland, of Woburn, Mass., as well as three grandchildren, Hillary J. Kayser, Emily E. Kayser and Alyssa Fritschka; three nephews and two nieces. His first wife, Eileen Woodland, predeceased him as did his older brother, Donald Woodland.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 from 5:00-8:00PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 11:00AM at the Community Church of Alton, Church Street, Alton, N.H. Pastor Larry Adams, will officiate.

Burial will be in the New Riverside Cemetery, Alton, N.H.

Contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be made to either the Christian Motorcyclists Association, PO Box 9, Hatfield, AR 71945 or to the Alton Food Pantry c/o Dorothy Wentworth, PO Box 682, Alton, NH 03801. Non-perishable donations will be accepted at both the calling hours and service.

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

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