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John L. Woods

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We recall "coach Woods" in so many of his rolls. He fit them all to a tee. Whether he was teaching a skill, running a practice or leading staff he had the personality and leadership skills to make us want to shine in his eyes. We never wanted to disappoint him.
Even when he stopped in to observe other practices everyone would feel the need to play just a little harder and better. There is no better epitaph than to be one who always brought out the best in others. Thanks John and our best to your family.

Posted by: Marc and Mary Del Mariani - Stevensville, MI - Student, athlete & staff member   Apr 11, 2012

To the entire Woods Family: Because of John's retirement, I was able to come to Lakeshore High School and take over as Assistant Principal for Denny Kniola and a year later, Principal. That was almost 21 years ago. John was a true friend and colleague. With his encouragement, I ran for President of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals and was elected in 2002. So, Lakeshore Public Schools has had two presidents for MASSP. (3 counting Dave Feenstra from

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Posted by: Bill Scaletta - Stevesnville, MI - Colleague and Friend   Apr 11, 2012

My sympathy to Coach's family all. Lakeshore wasn't a job location to him.

He was an encourager to years and years of young people crossing his path. He was admired and respected by all. When he spoke--no one doubted his sincerity. He made a point to know families and relationships and followed them his entire life -- students, colleagues, and community folks. There was no doubt, he loved everything RED and WHITE!!
He was a stalwart in Lancer Land.
I remember him

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Posted by: Karen Kolberg Kietzer - Stevensville,, MI - Admirer   Apr 11, 2012

Being the daughter of a former LHS superintendent, I knew a lot of the staff. Big John would always remind me of the time my dad stayed with him and Anne when he first came to this area and accepted the position. My sister Pam, my brother Scott, and I moved here to join our dad at Lakeshore Public Schools. I never had Big John for a coach, teacher, or principal but I would see him at sporting events and

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Posted by: Chris Seeley - Baroda, MI - friend   Apr 11, 2012

I would like to express my sympathy to the Woods family. I did
not know John well but enjoyed talking to him at Lakeshore school events. Also hello to Missy and Kim, I had the pleasure working with them at the funeral home.It was always enjoyable. Ron Willit

Posted by: Ron Willit - Grand Rapids, MI - friend   Apr 11, 2012

As my drivers Ed. teacher he sat with his knees up to his chin. Rest in peace .

Posted by: LindaMiller Keefer - Baroda, MI - freind   Apr 10, 2012

It's difficult to say good-bye when someone we love dies, To know we'll miss the laughter and the love found in their eyes, Yet much emptiness and heartache, much loneliness and sorrow, Will be eased by cherished memories living on in us tomorrow. May your sorrow be less and your memories more dear with every passing day. Our thoughts are with you and your family. All that has been written about Mr. Woods is so true. We ditto everything. He

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Posted by: Mike and Kathy (Rozinski) Phipps - Stevensville, MI - friends/students   Apr 10, 2012

You must be proud of John's dedication of caring for every life he came in contact with, especially young people, his country and community. His life
in education touched and helped so many.
He was a very special person to me as we worked together when I served on
the Board of Education in the early 1970's. He had that special way working
things out.
May all your happy memories comfort you in the days ahead.

Our prayers are with the family.

Posted by: Mary Jane & Walt Waldenmaier and family - Saint Joseph, MI - A very special friend   Apr 10, 2012

Dear Anne and family: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Big John will be remembered by all who met him, especially by those of us who grew up with him and had him as a teammate. A highlight of my annual trips to New Troy from California was spending time with John and brother Ron. We shared stories from the past and talked about our families. Our days playing together at Benton Harbor J

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Posted by: Al Schaffer - Ramona, CA - Teammate and friend   Apr 10, 2012

Dearest Anne, Kim and family, Missy and family...

So many thoughts and never the right words come to mind when such a treasured family member had has passed from this life. What a wonderful family he as left to keep his legacy alive, so he will never actually be gone or forgotten, not only by his family, but by the many people whose lives he touched so kindly and generously.

May you know his love is always with you, and you will remain wrapped in his love and hugs as each day passes until you see him again.

Much love to everyone...


Posted by: Lynne Rochau and Ed Beregsasy - Baroda, MI - friend   Apr 10, 2012