Harvey A. Woods, Jr., 92, of Claymont, DE, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022. A life-long Delawarean, he was the son of Harvey A. Woods and Mary Rebecca Woods (Wilson).
After graduating from high school, Harvey worked for several years before enlisting in the Navy. He was a gunner’s mate on an LST. Upon completion of his service in the Navy, he continued his career with the Diamond State Telephone Company. It was there that he met his future wife of 63 years, Valerie J. Woods (Stafford).
Harvey retired from the telephone company in 1985 and then began a second career with the State of Delaware as a facilities manager. He retired from the state in 1994.
Harvey devoted much of his time to serving his community. Harvey and Valerie were both enthusiastic volunteers with the Telephone Pioneers, especially with Hug-a-Bears and the Literacy programs. Harvey was also involved with repairing Talking Books for the blind and painting maps of the U.S. for elementary school playgrounds. He was also an active member of the Claymont Lion’s Club, and particularly enjoyed helping sell Christmas Trees every year.
Harvey lived in the same home in Claymont for nearly 60 years. He had a passion for gardening. His beautiful, park-like yard was meticulously maintained by him until the very end. He was a devout man who was very active in his church and tremendously enjoyed the brotherhood with his many church friends.
Harvey and Valerie traveled extensively. They enjoyed the many years they vacationed in Edisto Island, S.C., especially when the family could join them.
Harvey’s family meant everything to him. He was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. Harvey was predeceased by his beloved wife, Valerie. He is survived by his two children, Harvey A. Woods, III (Pattie) and M. Susan Woods (Gary), two grandchildren Heather Molin (Micah) and Sean Woods (Holly), one great-grandson Landon and two great-granddaughters, Nina and Tess, who “adopted” Harvey as their own. He is also survived by his brother David (Hope), niece Donna and nephew Kevin.
The family would appreciate memorial gifts may be made in Harvey’s name to Atonement Methodist Church, 3519 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703 or to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Rd., Newark DE. 19713.