Dana L. Woodbury, 87: Portland native, active family man, loved Maine

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PORTLAND — Dana Lord Woodbury, 87, of Portland, died peacefully Dec. 5, with his children and first grandchild by his side.

Born in Portland, he attended Deering High School and Bridgton Academy, and  served in the Navy on the USS Fall River during World War II. Upon returning, he attended The University of Maine at Brunswick and Boston University.

A man with extraordinary talents and compassion for others, he lived his life fully engaged and appreciated each day.

He made his career in freight transportation, with companies including Hannaford Bros., Roadway and St. Johnsbury. A notable multitasker, he always found time for Sunday drives with his family, fishing expeditions and cheering on his children at sporting events.

In most recent years, he enjoyed ushering at Merrill Auditorium, providing security at the Portland Expo or helping someone find their seat at a Sea Dogs game, he relished in meeting new people. A great joy of his was volunteering through the Foster Grandparent Program.

With a love for books, a thirst for knowledge and an appetite for good food, he also welcomed philosophical and lively political discussions. A member of the Unitarian Church, he frequented spiritual and educational retreats at Star Island for many years. An avid outdoorsman, he had a fine appreciation and respect for the natural world around him. His flower and vegetable gardens provided a variety of colors. He loved all of Maine, the ocean; the blueberry fields; the forests; and the mountains. 

He is survived by his four children, John Woodbury, of Windham, Richard Woodbury, of Green, Peter Woodbury, of Gorham and Barbara Woodbury Marzelli; and 10 grandchildren, Jessica, Sara, Brian, Eric, Kassandra, Justin, Joshua, Jason, Brooke and Leah.

A private ceremony will take place in the spring.

Woodbury and his family are especially most thankful for the long-term support and care he received at Southern Maine Dialysis Center and for the comfort given at Gosnell Hospice. His wish was for those who knew him to continue offering kindness to one another each and every day.

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