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William L. “Bill” Woodman

EAST HAMPSTEAD, NH: William L. “Bill” Woodman, 72, a local resident of fifty years, died Tuesday evening at Shaughnessy Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, MA. He was the husband of Joyce (Wakefield) Woodman. Born in Haverhill June 11, 1934, Mr. Woodman was the son of the late Clifford and Frances (Leith) (Woodman) Ludke who passed away on April 25, 2007.

Mr. Woodman was a 1952 graduate of both Haverhill Trade School and Haverhill High School. Upon graduation he began a career in the automotive field that spanned forty years. First as a mechanic for Regan Ford, and lastly as a service advisor for Autofair in Manchester, NH. Concurrently he served as a boat inspector for the State of New Hampshire, and then served twenty-five years as a part-time policeman in the Town of Hampstead. Automobile racing had always been an important part of his life going back to his teen’s when he raced at the Pines Speedway. He enjoyed woodworking, and actually built his home where he raised his family and lived for forty-two years. Bill was a member of the Hampstead Congregational Church where he served as a Deacon, and served as treasurer of the Rockingham County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association.

Besides his wife of almost fifty-one years his survivors include his children, Mark Woodman and his wife Cheryl of Fremont, Larry Woodman and his wife Gretchen of Nottingham, Alan Woodman and his wife Judy of Hampstead, Dawn Green and her husband Dale of Buena Vista, WA, eleven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Lisa Woodman.

Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at Hampstead Congregational Church. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery. Calling hours Friday 5-8 p.m. at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hampstead Police Relief Assoc., 16 Emerson Ave., Hampstead, NH 03841. Online condolences may be sent to

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