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John L. Woods

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John was a good friend . We had lots of fun together, in our early years.
He shall be missed greatly.
Sympathy and Love to his family, Dick & Lenore

Posted by: Richard & Lenore Hauch - Ft. Myers, FL - friend for years.   May 14, 2013

my sympathy goes out to the family .Mr Woods was a great man and im sure he is greatly missed he always listened to what i had to say and ill never forget when i left jr high he looked down at me and said i hope your the only Mc Grath and i looked up at him and said nope theres17 more Mcgraths you will get meet.

Posted by: lynette a (mcgrath) cunningham - savannah, TN - student lakeshore junior high   May 11, 2013

I was a student at Lakeshore Jr High when Mr. Woods was our principal. I remember one day during lunch, I was shooting milk through the straw out of the carton (just being silly) but I got caught. I was sent to the Principal's Office. I thought, "oh no, I did it now" but Mr Woods sat me down and had a nice chat with me. He was very fair but let me know what he expected from me. After

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Posted by: Jodi Rabbers - Arlington, TX - former student   May 08, 2012

I have a number of Lakeshore pics at

Included is the "winning basket" that didn't count, some classroom photos, some math field day, and some faculty vs student games, and the Lakeshore pennant on top of Mt. Fuji (before the pennant was blown away out of my hands)

Posted by: Ron Dirkse - Tokyo - Teacher at LJHS   Apr 26, 2012

John was my Principal from 1967 to 1974. What a giant of a man in so many ways. I think the only thing we ever "disagreed" on was my growing of a beard. He was a Lancer 24 hours a day. Honest and forthright in all that he did. My condolences to Ann and the girls (I had Kim as a student)

Posted by: Ron Dirkse - Tokyo   Apr 26, 2012

Coach Woods was a 'gentle giant', especially to us 'short', non-athletes.
I'll never forget the first time I stared up at him. Had to be the tallest person I'd ever seen. He was always encouraging, in good humor and always with a smile on his face. It's such a tribute to see this large outpouring of remembrances from some of his earliest students and to see how scattered across the country they now are. Coach Woods was certainly one of the most memorable leaders in Lakeshore's history.

Ed Niedbala, Class of '65

Posted by: ed niedbala - Signal Mountain, TN - Former Student   Apr 24, 2012

So sorry to hear about John he was my principle in jr.high and what a great person he was, he could always make a person laugh and feel better if they were having a bad day. I was just talking with John a few weeks ago it seems at the speedway when he was getting his newspaper and I was blown away when he called me by my name what a memory he surprised me being I was a student

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Posted by: Jeff Starbuck - Bridgman, MI - Past student   Apr 17, 2012

I always liked Mr. Woods, but when I saw him 20 some years after being at the junior high, at the gas station, excitedly, I approached him to say hello, thinking for sure he would not remember me. He seemed just as excited to see me, and whether he really remembered me or not, he made me feel as though he did. He was a special man, and he will be missed. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to know him. God bless you, Mr. Woods.

Posted by: Tomeka Kinne - Baroda, MI - Former Student   Apr 15, 2012

" Big Blue " was very special to me. I will never forget the good times we shared together and how can I forget Annie. She's a special lady and a good friend. I can hear you now, dear one. Always the quick rejoinder. May God bless you and your family.

Posted by: Frank Wesner - Bothell, WA - Friend and teammate   Apr 15, 2012

To the family of Mr. Woods;

Working with him over the years was a pleasure. He was truly a man among men, standing tall in his believes, and sharing that million dollar smile. His memories will last a life time.

Rest in Paradise
sonny bowens

Posted by: L. Sonny Bowens - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   Apr 13, 2012