Gray, ME - Arthur Lee Woodcock, Sr., 82, died peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home on Forest Lake, Gray, Maine on March 18, 2019.
Arthur was born on Vinalhaven Island, Maine, on August 22, 1936, to Cecile Cloumb and Edwin E. Woodcock. He attended school on Vinalhaven Island, and moved to the mainland at the age of 12, where he attended North Yarmouth schools and graduated from Greely Institute in Cumberland in 1954. He served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, on the aircraft carrier Tarawa. He was assigned to the flight deck, in a hot suit, as part of the safety team. Arthur was honorably discharged in 1957, returned home and married his sweetheart Donna Mae Vaughan, 3 days later. He remained in the navy reserves for 8 more years.
Arthur and Donna resided in Cumberland, where he ran a family farm for a few years. Their first two children, John and Missy, were born during that time. They moved to Falmouth Massachusetts, where Arthur apprenticed, and worked as a stone mason for 15 years, becoming quite proficient in that field. Marlee, Wendell and Woody were born while they were living in Falmouth and Mashpee.
Returning to Maine in the mid-seventies, Arthur lobstered for 2 years. In 1979, he started his own business, which he named Woodcock Mason and Landscaping. He was known for his fine work, especially his free-standing stone walls.
While Arthur and Donna were raising their children in Mashpee, Massachusetts and later in North Yarmouth, Maine, they were continually involved with church, community, schools, and scouts. He was a Scout leader in Mashpee, (both Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts), and served as a committee member for Pine Tree Boy Scout Council of Maine. For Arthur family always came first.
He continued to be self-employed, working cheerfully and tirelessly as a landscaper and mason. He retired in 2009, continuing with odd jobs and helping friends and family with projects.
In 1991 his wife Donna became ill, and passed two years later in 1993, after 34 years of marriage. Arthur provided her with kind, loving care, taking leave from his work to nurse her through her illness. After her death, he continued to work and live in North Yarmouth.
Over a period of 2 years , he became close friends with a nurse who had been Donna’s friend and co-worker for 10 years, and helped at the time of her illness.
Peggy, a recent widow herself, understood the loneliness of losing one’s spouse. Together they helped each other heal and their relationship progressed from friendship to falling in love; in 1995, Arthur married Peggy (Margaret Wakefield Dunlop), Together they pooled their resources and bought the lake house on Forest Lake, Gray, where they often entertained family and friends and enjoyed boating and fishing and bird watching.
Arthur loved the outdoors, and was an avid fisherman, hunter, bird watcher and animal tracker. He only killed animals to put meat on the table! He was always fond of babies and little ones. He thoroughly enjoyed watching as each grandchild came along, He could get a baby to burp as well as any mom!
Arthur loved horses and longed to ride on the open range. Once while visiting in Idaho, he was able to gather up a herd of cattle who had broken through the fence at the ranch, when the owners were away. He, the horse, and a dog, did it on their own!
When Peggy’s elderly parents became ill, Arthur said, “Bring them home so they can be together at the end of their lives.” He was an integral part of the team who cared for them until their deaths.
Arthur was known for his polite nature, his down east sense of humor, his respect for other people, and their property, and honesty and fairness in all his transactions. His clients loved him, stating that his work was great, and he always cleaned up at the end of each project.
Arthur and Peggy took vacations in their Motor Home, they loved the outdoors and this beautiful country. On retirement, they took a two year trip, visiting all 48 states, and friends and relatives on the way. This trip was Arthur’s dream, completed just before a serve heart attack and triple bypass that he amazing survived in May 2018, only to be diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in December. He passed only 3 months later, at his beloved home in Fray, which he and Peggy shared with his daughter, Missy, son-in law Stan, and doggy Dakota, all of who helped with his care, and care of the home during his illness. Visits, phone calls, cards , and messages from family and friends supported and pleased him. He will be missed.
Arthur was predeceased by:
His wife Donna Mae Vaughan Woodcock, and his sister Joanne Tibbits
He is survived by:
His loving wife of 23 years Margaret (Peggy) Woodcock
Siblings: John C. Woodcock, and wife Janice of North Yarmouth: Myrna Ring, of North Yarmouth; Edwina Burrors, and husband Jerry of Cumberland; Lorraine (Honey) Woodcock, of Canada; Karen Willette, and her husband Dave of Henderson, Nevada
John M. Woodcock of Falmouth; Dawn (Missy) Carmichael, and husband Stanley of Gray; Marlee G. Baston, and husband Clark, of North Yarmouth; Wendell R. Woodcock, and April of North Yarmouth; Arthur L.(Woody) Woodcock, Jr. of Freeport
Nicole Carmichael Moreau and husband Joshua of Lewiston; Krystal Carmichael and husband Conner McCarthy of Bray, Ireland; Paul G. Carmichael of Lewiston; Harold Baston and Sierra Muchie of New Gloucester; Mark Baston of North Yarmouth; Sean Woodcock; North Yarmouth, Wendell (Ray) Woodcock , Jr of North Yarmouth; Katelyn Woodcock of Missouri; Arthur L. Woodcock 111 of Freeport; Alexandrea woodcock of Freeport; and Samantha Broy Callela of Bradley
Great Grand children:
Lauren, Weston, and Evan Moreau of Lewiston,Cole Carmichael of Minot; Annabelle Callela of Bradley, And surely more on the way!!!
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