Woodrow A. Gammon


DOVER-FOXCROFT — Woodrow A. Gammon, 98, passed away peacefully May 19, at the Hibbard Nursing Home, where he had been cared for since October 2010.

He was born Dec. 26, 1912, the fourth of seven children born to Almer and Gertrude Gammon of Buckfield. Woodrow graduated from Buckfield High School in 1931, an accomplishment best understood knowing he walked to and from school every day, five miles each way. His class of 13 included Leona Buck, whom he would marry May 12, 1935.

The couple’s two sons, Calvin and Franklin, were born while they lived in West Minot. In 1939, the family purchased and moved to their Hebron home. In 1944, daughter, Freda was born. Hebron was home for 67 years, until Leona’s death in 2006. Woodrow then lived with his son, Calvin and wife, Ruth, in Livermore until August 2010, when he moved to his daughter’s home in Guilford, until his health required nursing home care in October 2010.

His work included farm work and maintenance at the Western Maine TB Sanitorium in Hebron until World War II. During the war, he worked as a welder in the South Portland Shipyard. Following the war, he became a maintenance worker at Wilner’s in Norway, until his retirement in 1977.

He was a lifelong member and past master of Tyrian Lodge No. 73 AF & AM in Mechanic Falls. Woodrow was fond of sports, especially baseball and golf. He derived great pleasure and many laughs from rounds of golf with good friend, Clarence Conant.

In retirement, he enjoyed watching athletic achievements of several grandchildren in a variety of sports. He was a noted hunter — particularly of weeds in his lawn and varmints at the bird feeders. None stood a chance against his persistence.

A farmer at heart, he understood how to make the earth a beautiful spot. This was demonstrated in his gardens and landscaping and meticulous care of his home.

Woodrow and Leona also enjoyed entertaining family and friends, with meals and games being the highlight of many evenings. While at Hibbard’s, he particularly enjoyed Bingo, the musical presentations and Sunday religious services.

Survivors are sons, Calvin and wife, Ruth, of Livermore and Franklin of Hebron and his friend, Shirley Cummings, of Turner; daughter, Freda and husband, David Gaw, of Guilford; two sisters from Buckfield, Caroline Scott and Edith Lowell; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

The family is grateful to the Hibbard staff for the excellent and loving care that has been given to Woodrow throughout his stay.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.