Alfred H. Woodward of West Chester Alfred H. Woodward, 87, died on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, after a long illness, at Barclay Friends where he had been a resident since July 2016. He was born June 23, 1929, and was the son of Leon G., and Bertha M. Woodward. He spent most of his life as a dairy farmer at his family’s farm in Pennsbury Township. He retired from active dairying in 1993, but continued to raise dairy cows for sale until 2014. He was the last of an unbroken line of Woodwards farming in Chester County since 1684.
From 1993 to 2013 he had a retirement job as a school bus driver for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. He graduated from West Chester High School in 1947, where he played violin in the orchestra, and ran cross-country. He was a member of the Brandywine Grange for nearly 70 years.
For many years he and his brothers collected, and restored antique tractors, and other agricultural implements. He was also a member and past board member of the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association, the Delaware Theatre Organ Society, the Home and Farm Antique Association of Chester County, the Chester County Historical Society, and the Friends of the Smithsonian Institution.
He was a talented photographer, and during his early years he built a home darkroom for processing his own film. In 1968, when Andrew Wyeth was painting at the Woodward farm, he allowed Alfred to document the process photographically, from the very first sketches to the finished painting “Slight Breeze.”
Alfred was also a championship roller skater. He was based at the Merryland Roller Rink near Glasgow, Delaware. He competed regionally and nationally in Men’s Single Figures, and Pairs Dance. When he stopped active skating he became a judge in competitions, and for many years was a judge at the annual national competitions across the country. Alfred always timed his vacation to go to the skating nationals, but then spent another week visiting any national park that was nearby. He was proud that he had been able to visit many of the western national parks.
He was pre-deceased by his two brothers and two sisters. His nephews Roland H. and Stephen B. Woodward and his niece Deborah G. Stamm survive him. He is also survived by four grandnieces, one grandnephew, one great-grandniece, and one great-grandnephew. Funeral services will be private. There will be a reception in Alfred’s memory early in the New Year and family, friends, and co-workers will be notified of the time and location.
Memorial gifts in Alfred’s memory may be made to the Rough and Tumble Engineers and Historical Association, the Delaware Theatre Organ Society, the Environmental Management Center of the Brandywine Conservancy, or any open space land preservation organization of your choice.