Haverhill — Bernard L. “Bernie” Woodworth, 93, a retired Haverhill firefighter, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2013, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House surround by his loving family. He was the husband of Mildred B. (Emery) Woodworth.
Bernie was born at his East Kingston, N.H., home on November 4, 1919, and was the son of the late Harris and Mabel (Vance) Woodworth.
Mr. Bernard Woodworth was a graduate of Sanborn Seminary in Kingston, N.H.
During WWII, he honorably served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. He entered the Navy on December 7, 1942, and served aboard LST 118 in the Pacific Theater for 27 months. He attained the rank of First Class Motor Machinist, and received an Honorable Discharge from the Navy on January 4, 1946. Bernard joined many of the surviving Navy comrades from the LST 118 in reunions over the past decade.
Bernard served as a member of the Haverhill Fire Department for 32 years before his retirement in 1983. He also had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Haverhill for 54 years where he served as usher, deacon, and friend.
Besides his wife of 64 years, Bernie is survived by his children, Charlene Marshall and her husband, Alfred, of Rocky Mount, N.C., Gary L. Woodworth and his wife, Mary Ann, of Hampton, N.H., and Alana Lambert and her husband, James, of Haverhill; grandchildren, Eric Jesionowski and his wife, Julie, of Virginia Beach, Va., Philip Jesionowski of Haverhill, Daniel B. Woodworth and his wife, Amy, of So. Berwick, Maine, and Rev. Dr. Stephen L. Woodworth and his wife, Carrie, of Toccoa Falls, Ga.; stepson, Erick Lambert and his wife, Jennifer, of Connecticut; step-grandson, James Lambert and his wife, Jennifer, of Danielson, Conn.; step-grandson, Jason Lambert of Spring Hill, Fla.; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Herbert V. Woodworth and his wife, Margarita, of East Kingston, N.H., and Winter Park, Fla. He was predeceased by his twin sister, Beatrice L. Norman, and siblings, Lucille Woodworth and Clayton M. Woodworth.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Interment at Union Cemetery. At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours. Arrangements by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill. Donations in his memory may be made to First Baptist Church, 217 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830. Online condolences may be sent to www.dcsfuneralhome.com.