The Honorable ROY A. WOODWARD, former Santee Councilman
World War II and Korean War Veteran
Roy A. Woodward passed away at his home on July 9, 2017 surrounded in prayer by numerous family members at his side at 4:56 pm, just in time to make happy hour in heaven. Roy was born in Bellingham, WA and was preceded in death by his parents Rodney and Olive Woodward, and brothers Robert and Rodney. Roy fudged his age a few months so that he could enlist in the U.S. Navy for WWII, and served with his brother Rodney. He went into the reserves after the war and was called up again for the Korean War. He and his brother had location choices, Rodney requested San Francisco while Roy listed Japan. They were both shipped to Japan.
Upon his release, he went to San Diego State University, joined Sigma Pi Fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He went into Real Estate and at one time had one of the largest independent companies in East County. In 1970 he received the Realtor of the Year award.
Roy was one of two leaders in Santee’s successful incorporation drive of 1980, bringing Santee into cityhood, and was elected twice to the City council, first in 1980 and again in 1986, both four year terms. While a council member, he served as representative to the Heartland Fire Training Facility Authority, Commissioner (ret) Heartland Communications Facility in the Design and Implementation of Computer Aided Dispatch/800 MHZ Radio System, San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors, League of California Cities, and County of San Diego Assessment Appeals Hearing Officer. His community service extended to President of the Mother Goose Parade Association, President of Santee Chamber of Commerce, President Santee Lions Club, President El Cajon Valley Board of Realtors, San Diego County United Way Chair of RSVP, Santee Rotary, Director for the Davis YMCA, and the Boys Club of East County, he was an Aztec Booster, a sponsor for many years for the Santee Pioneer Little League, and a member of FCC (Friendly Conversation Club).
Roy’s passion was racing his 911 Porsche, earning a 1st Place Class G award in Rowdy Riverside II, 1st Place Class H and also Class J in Holtville Time Trials. In 1975 he set a new lap record of 59.2, driving a CP Porsche during the San Diego Region, SCCA Races at Holtville Aerodrome International Raceway.
As he went into semi-retirement as he called it, he worked the same hours, Monday – Friday, from 9am-1pm. He enjoyed wood working, gardening, traveling, cruising with family and friends, and trout fishing in Big Bear Lake with his family on their pontoon boat. He thoroughly enjoyed the huge Sicilian family get togethers, making ravioli with his mother and father-in-law, playing bocce ball on his home-made bocce ball court, playing gin with his “big sister”, but most importantly spending time with his family and playing with his grandchildren. Roy was just shy of 22 days to his 88th birthday.
Roy is survived by his wife Adeline, daughters Renee and Jennie Spounias (Greg), son Alfred, and grandchildren Brandon, Mason, Addison (AJ), and Rowan, as well as his beloved sister Claire Jo Butler, many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Services are scheduled for Saturday, July 29th, at St. Vincent Church, 4080 Hawk Street, San Diego, at 10 a.m.
With all his accomplishments and good fortune, he remained true to himself. He was a giant of a man, but was a humble gentleman, honest and loyal. He was from the “Good Old Boys” generation where his handshake was his word. Roy will always be remembered as one of the outstanding good people of Santee and the surrounding communities, and will be dearly missed by all, especially his soul mate and best friend/wife Adeline, and all his dear family.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations on his behalf to ResQue Ranch (501c3), 3750 Sports Arena Blvd., #6, San Diego, CA 92110; or, I.C.F. Br.246 – St. Joseph’s Table, 4077 Ibis Street, San Diego, CA 92103.
Celebration of Life
- Date: July 29, 2017
- Time: 10:00 AM
- Location: St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
- Address: 4080 Hawk Street San Diego, CA 92103
- Directions: St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church