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Frank ‘Woody’ Woodard (1939-2020)

Frank "Woody" Woodard

CARRABASSETT VALLEY - Frank "Woody" Woodard died from complications of pneumonia in Carrabassett Valley, Maine on March 14, 2020, at the age of 80.

Frank is survived by his siblings, Barbara Garnett, Neil Woodard, and Greg Woodard; his wife, Jean McNeary Woodard; sons, Craig and Steve, Craig’s wife Martha and Steve’s wife Donna, and three grandsons, Matthew, Benny and Lewie. He is preceded in death by his siblings Edith Sarah and Bruce.

Frank was born on July 1, 1939 in Augusta, Maine to Kenneth Woodard and Florence Taylor Woodard. Frank graduated from Bingham High School in 1957. He graduated from the University of Maine in the Class of ’61 with a BS and in 1963 with a MS in environmental engineering. He received his PhD at Purdue University, also in environmental engineering. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Frank married Jean Louisa McNeary, the love of his life, on Jan. 27, 1962. They raised their two boys, Craig and Steve, in Veazie, Maine. Frank was an avid skier, both Nordic and alpine, and was a Sugarloafer since 1953. He loved running, canoe racing, fishing, cycling – anything to experience the outdoors. He loved spending time at the family’s completely off the grid, 100-year-old camp at Dead Stream Pond, so much so, that he and Jean had their honeymoon there, despite the January temperatures dipping below -50 degrees!
In his later years, he became part of a running group that, unbeknownst to him, was otherwise made up entirely of younger women. Frank and Jean had taken over 100 nordic skiing and cycling trips with a close group of lifelong friends. Besides his family, Frank’s greatest love, however, was music; he was an avid musician, played the guitar and upright bass. He was one of the founding members of the Windy Ridge Band, and was most recently with the band, “Running Loose.” Frank’s love and passion for music was an integral influence in his 3 grandsons’ career choices to become professional musicians.

Following two years of service in the U.S. Army, he joined the faculty at the University of Maine as a professor of engineering. After 12 years of teaching, he co-founded Woodard & Curran, an environmental engineering consulting company that has since grown to 1,100 employees at 100 locations across the country. Frank was loved as the original spiritual soul and moral guiding beacon for the culture of the firm and was also admired as the technical leader setting W&C’s standard of excellence for all. Having started his professional career as an educator, he was a lifelong learner and teacher devoted to supporting and empowering everyone he worked with to be the best that they could be.

A musical celebration of his wonderful life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to please send donations to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792, or online at umainefoundation.org/memorial for the Department Civil and Environmental Engineering; or to the Woodard & Curran Foundation, 41 Hutchins Drive, Portland, ME 04102 (www.woodardcurranfoundation.org).

Cremation cared for by Wiles Remembrance Center 137 Farmington Falls Rd. Farmington, ME. A kind word may be left on his memory wall at www.wilesrc.com

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  1. I worked for Woodard & Curran for Ten years and Frank was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Late one day, the partners & vice presidents were having a meeting upstairs about some big project. "Has anyone seen Frank? We're starting the meeting!" In through the downstairs entrance comes Frank with his guitar. "I'll have to play guitar tonight, my bass is up in my office." he said. I told him the boys upstairs were looking for him. "The heck with that" he said, "It's time to jam !" And with that, we headed to Brunswick for a great session! Thanks for everything Woody...

  2. Frank was a wonderful man, teacher, and mentor to me and all of his friends...and he had many. I remember working for him at the university, helping him dig his cellar hole for his home in Veazie, and drinking a few beers with him in the bars listening to “Proud Mary”...if we had too many beers he would sing “Egg Sucking Dog”...a classic!
    I will miss his positive attitude and his ability to solve any engineering problem...I recall how happy he was one night,early in his career, when he found out the snow-making machine he had designed worked...we had a few beers to celebrate that one!
    I wish Jean and his family the best....he was a great person.
    Please let me know when the musical tribute will be...I will be there!!!

  3. My condolences to the Woodard family and the many friends .
    I have admired his life for years. Skiing, canoeing, jogging, explaining to the town of Kingfield
    It’s options for a community sewer system. Listening to the Woodard band playing. I never knew
    Where I might run into Frank. Sugarloaf has been the most frequent visiting place. Upper Winter’s
    Way on a powder day is where I will visualize visiting Frank!

  4. We got the sad news via Jack and Sandy Gordon.
    Our fondest wishes to Jean and the boys.
    I am flooded with memories of Frank and the family.Starting with the married student courts at Purdue, and the motorcycle I bought from Frank and Ron Wukasch when they graduated ahead of me.
    The annual Purdue Industrial Waste Conference brought us as well as Hugh Campbell and others together through the years.
    Visits to Maine led the guys to a motorcycle ride to the dead stream camp as well as a lobster boil with the families.
    I also got to canoe with Frank and was told to paddle left, left, left. No! I mean right!
    One of the fondest memories was of the pancakes jean fixed for breakfast when I stayed with them. That was the day we watched the home movie of Frank playing guitar at one of the boys weddings.
    So many more, too many to tell. Love to all.
    Jack and Kay

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