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Bernard L. "Bernie" Woodworth

HAVERHILL: Bernard L. Woodworth, 93, a retired Haverhill firefighter, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2013 at Merrimack Valley Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Mildred B. (Emery) Woodworth.

Bernie was born at his East  Kingston, NH home on November 4, 1919, and was the son of the late Harris and Mabel (Vance) Woodworth. Mr. Bernard Woodworth was a graduate of Sanborn Seminary in Kingston, NH.

During WWII he honorably served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. He entered the Navy on December 7, 1942 and served aboard LST 118 in the Pacific Theater for 27 months. He attained the rank of First Class Motor Machinist, and received an Honorable Discharge from the Navy on January 4, 1946. Bernard joined many of the surviving Navy comrades from the LST 118 in reunions over the past decade. Bernard served as a member of the Haverhill Fire Department for 32 years before his retirement in 1983. He also had been a member of the First Baptist Church for 54 years where he served as usher, deacon and friend.

Besides his wife of 64 years, Bernie is survived by his children, Charlene Marshall and her husband Alfred of Rocky Mount, NC, Gary L. Woodworth and his wife Mary Ann of Hampton, NH, Alana Lambert and her husband James of Haverhill; grandchildren; Eric Jesionowski and his wife Julie of Virginia Beach, VA, Philip Jesionowski of Haverhill, Daniel B. Woodworth and his wife Amy of So. Berwick, ME, Rev. Dr. Stephen L. Woodworth and his wife Carrie of Toccoa Falls, GA; step-son Eric Lambert and his wife Jennifer of Danielson, CT, step-grandson, Jason Lambert of Spring Hill, FL, and five great grandchildren; brother, Herbert V. Woodworth and his wife Margarita of East Kingston, NH and Winter Park, FL. He was predeceased by his twin sister Beatrice L. Norman, and siblings, Lucille Woodworth and Clayton M. Woodworth.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Interment at Union Cemetery. At the families request there will be no calling hours. Arrangements by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill. Donations in his memory may be made to First Baptist Church, 217 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.

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