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Springville Journal letter to the editor: Celebrating Mark Woodring

Editor:
Almost a year ago, a great loss was felt by many, when Mark “Hooch” Woodring was taken from this world, way too soon.

July 4 will mark one year that we have carried on without you. Many hard times have been felt, by us all.

There have been endless times when you were missed at special events. Your presence was felt, though not the same.

The smallest thing: sights, sounds, tunes, bring memories and tears flooding back. He died less than a month before he would have turned 35; a life cut way too short.

Left to figure out what he could have done with more years. Leaving behind many friends, coworkers, family, including a wife and three children, searching for ways to go on.

His mom and sister are planning a celebration of life, in his memory, on July 4 at Sprague Brook Park shelter No. 2, starting at 1 p.m. This is open to anyone and everyone that may wish to share in this celebration. Bring a picnic lunch, dish to pass or just stop by, to share a memory or story.

We are working on having shirts made up (this may not be finalized, until next year’s event), that will have a drawing of Mark’s included on it, and profits would go to savings bonds for his kids. I am also looking to gather written memories/stories from people who were touched by Mark in any way: school, work, first memory, funniest story, last memory worth sharing, etc.

These would be put together in a book form, so that his children may have these as memories to hold, for years to come; others’ sharing pieces of their dad.

We welcome you to attend. Please also share information with anyone else that may have known Mark and also to jot down some stories/memories. They can be mailed to Debbie Woodring, 63 Smith St., Springville, NY 14141.

Please keep the family and friends in your thoughts, in the coming week.

Debbie Woodring
Springville
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