Edward Robert Woods
Edward Robert Woods
  • June 10, 1931 - October 9, 2017
  • Oldsmar, Florida

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I wish there was more time. More time to laugh. More time to debate. More time to see his smile. More time to get one more morning hug and kiss. We’ve had to say goodnight to our rock, our father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

Ed is survived by his beautiful wife of 64 years, Joan; his devoted sister, Sue Rice; his four children, Kathy Woods-Smith and his exuberant son-in-law, Gary (Ron), David Woods and his totally awesome daughter-in-law “Trouble”, Tom Woods, and Steve Woods; and six grandchildren, Liana, Megan, MaKenna, Maddison, Lauren, and Daniel. He had a large extended family that he adored. Some of whom were related and some who weren’t. Dad just made you a part of the family if he loved ya. Once you were his, you were his. All of us have inherited some, if not all, of the Woods’ witty, sarcastic, disturbingly good-looking family traits… and many of have the piercing, and frankly somewhat terrifying, icy blue-eyed stare for which he was so famous.

Edward Robert Woods was larger than life. He rose to the top of every organization he joined. After marrying the love of his life, being the Grand Master of Masons for the State of New Jersey was one of his proudest achievements. Of course, anyone who knew him, knew he was a gentle giant. He could command a room with a smile and glance. He had a devilish sense of humor. He instigated more family “discussions” than we can count. There were two rules with dad… don’t talk about lawyers or politics… except when Kathy or Janice or Pam or Joe were around. Then it was on! Everyone else just needed popcorn to enjoy the show.

Ed and Joan traveled the world, especially taking cruises. His only travel regret was not getting to Antarctica. We think Joan probably won that argument. We will miss the almost religious devotion to pinochle. Late night swim parties. Early morning “fish” dates. The legendary discussions of pork roll, head cheese, and scrapple.

His life was far too large to fit in this limited space…we’ll remember the wonderful time we had with him, but most of all, we will just miss him.