A life rich and full ended Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. Ralph Clifford "Woody" Woodward of East Conway, N.H., passed away at Mineral Springs in North Conway, N.H., at the age of 88.
He was born July 15, 1930, in Bangor, Maine, to Merwyn and Lucille Buck Woodward, but lived the majority of his life in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Ralph attended local schools, graduating from Fryeburg Academy, including another year of post-graduate study, majoring in mathematics. He met his wife of 65 years, Peggy Ann McDaniels, while attending the academy.
Over his many years of employment, he wore an assortment of different hats, including those of a farmer, heavy equipment operator, carpenter and variety of positions in the ski industry.
The position that he was most passionate about was that of a PSIA ski instructor and examiner, for which he received a 50 years of service award. This work was mostly within the Mount Washington Valley, but took him to many other ski areas in the eastern United States as well.
He was a man of many talents and interests with his spare time being spent skiing, woodworking, gardening and spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors.
Ralph dedicated a lifetime of service to his community in a variety of ways. He was a charter member of the East Conway Fire Department in 1947, retiring from active service at the age of 80. He held many positions during his time, including chief.
He was a member and past president of the Carroll County Forest Fire Wardens Association and a faithful member and past president of the Western Maine Firemen's Association. He was also a lifetime member West Oxford Agricultural Society and a longtime trustee of the Fryeburg Fair Association.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy of East Conway; and three children, Roger and Donna Woodward of Lovell, Maine; Keith and Katie Woodward of East Conway; and Diane Woodward and Almon Sawyer of East Conway. He was also "Gramp" to Steven and Jenna Woodward and Griffin of Windham, Maine; George and Layne Woodward and Rowen and River of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Dan and Jeannie Woodward and Vera of Lovell.
There will be no service at this time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the East Conway Volunteer Fire Department, 2644 East Conway Road, Center Conway, NH 03813.
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