Hermon - John F. Woodrow, 69, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at his home.
Calling hours are Saturday, February 1st from 3:00 to 4:30 pm with a funeral service to follow at 4:30 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Hermon with Rev. Dave Hart officiating and private burial at a later date in Hermon Cemetery.
John was born January 25, 1945 in Gouverneur, the son of Floyd H. and Irene B. Hewlett Woodrow.
He graduated from Hermon-DeKalb School in 1964 and married Linda J. Tyo on June 4, 1966 at the Hermon United Methodist Church.
John was a dairy farmer all his life and was known for producing maple syrup.
He enjoyed hunting with his friends and family, spending time in the sugar bush, loved his dogs and had raised German Shepherds for many years. He was also known for his wrestling ability and support of the sport. John was a member of the AAU, Amateur Athletic Union. While successful as a youth, he later in life won medals at the Empire State Games, competing in Freestyle and Greco Roman. He also competed in weight lifting events and in 1980 was invited to join other athletes from the Adirondack Region to lead the Olympic Torch bearer, Susan Liers, in a lighting ceremony at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York.
John is survived by his wife Linda, three children Tamra Woodrow, Brian and Keara Woodrow, and John Woodrow II, all of Hermon, and three grandsons Taylor, Hunter, and Caiden Woodrow. He is also survived by his sisters Shirley Cookingham of Amenia, Joan and Kenneth Cole of Ogdensburg, a twin brother James and Joan Woodrow of Hermon, several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, a son Kevin Woodrow, and a brother in- law Roger Cookingham.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hermon Vol. Fire Department or the Canton Vol. Rescue Squad.