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September 22, 2016

Woodworth family organizes team in honor of late husband, father in Walk for Hospice
Ipswich Chronicle


The late Doug Woodworth surrounded by his wife Maureen, daughter Jena and son Justin during the Ipswich Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner in November 2015.
 

Doug Woodworth always seemed to have a joke about everything. A simple bag of M&M’s perhaps – a simple 180-degree turn and they were W&W’s, or as he’d say “Woody’s Wonders.”

That is just one of millions of memories Doug's wife Maureen has of her late husband, the former Ipswich boys basketball head coach, who was also a former coach of six other Ipswich varsity teams. He was also a former star athlete at Ipswich High who was inducted into the Ipswich Athletic Hall of Fame for both his athletic and coaching careers last November. Woodworth had also helped to establish the Ipswich Athletic Hall of Fame and served on its committee.

“He would recognize athletes who performed extremely well in a game by giving them a bag of 'Woody’s Wonders,'” said Maureen.

Woodworth died on Dec. 13, 2015, of a rare neurological disease known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

The Woodworth family are keeping his memory and giving spirit alive by organizing the Woody’s Wonders team for the Sunday, Oct. 2, Walk for Hospice to benefit Care Dimensions, starting and ending at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Care Dimensions is a non-profit organization with a mission “to provide comprehensive and compassionate support for children and adults with advanced illness, death and loss.”

Maureen joined with son Justin Woodworth and daughter Jena Woodworth in organizing Woody’s Wonders. “It is important for us to walk on Oct. 2, to give back to Care Dimensions and help support other patients and families, at one of the most difficult times of their lives,” added Maureen. “Friends and family will be on our team and we’re looking for many more participants who would love to join our team.”

Doug Woodworth spent his final days at Danvers’ Kaplan House, a Care Dimensions facility providing hospice care.

“We are so grateful to the Kaplan House for helping us through this overwhelming journey,” said Woodworth. “The Kaplan House was an amazing experience which allowed Doug to have all his friends and family visit with him, share fun stories and the staff was always so friendly, helpful and supportive. It was the perfect place for him to be comfortable and also have the layer of professional expertise.

“Care Dimensions provided a wonderful experience for Doug in his journey through the end of life,” Maureen added. “As his wife, I was able to spend quality time with my husband in a setting that was very friendly and supportive.”

“Losing my Dad was the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with, but my family was so fortunate to have the amazing Hospice staff there to take care of us,” writes Jena on her fundraising page for the Walk for Hospice.

The family started out with a goal of $5,000, but Maureen said she’s “realistically” hoping for $2,000, “being the first year we are walking to honor Doug.”

The Woodworth family have soldiered on, but still feel the pain of such a big loss. That loss was shared by the entire Ipswich community last fall.

“We are doing OK, but as you can imagine, we miss Doug very much,” Maureen added.

To donate to Woody’s Wonders, go online to www.walkforhospice.kintera.org and click on “Sponsor Participant” and type in “Woodworth” in the “Last Name” line to access either Maureen Woodworth’s or Jena Woodworth’s fundraising pages.


Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.