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Donald E. "Donny" Woodford

d. October 17, 2023

With profound sorrow and cherished memories, we announce the passing of our beloved brother, Donald E. Woodford, who graced this world with his presence and charm until October 17, 2023. Don was born on November 30, 1964, in Smithtown, NY to Richard A. Woodford and Margaret D. Woodford.

He brought joy and laughter to all those who were fortunate enough to know him. His talents in both the theater and sports, coupled with his contagious laugh, quick wit, and sense of humor, left an indelible mark on the hearts of everyone he encountered.

From an early age, Don discovered his passion for the arts as a student in St. Patrick’s School in Smithtown. He participated in many unforgettable performances such as “The Sound of Music,” “The King and I,” and “A Chorus Line.” He also performed with a theater group who took part in many performances at the Staller Center at SUNY Stony Brook. His ability to breathe life into characters left a lasting impression on the theater community and all who had the pleasure of witnessing his performances.

In addition to theater, Don was an exceptional athlete excelling in both basketball and baseball in St. Anthony’s High School. Don was an outstanding left-handed pitcher and power-hitter. His performance on the diamond was often reported in the local newspapers and Major League scouts were regulars on the days Don took the mound. After graduating in 1982 he was awarded a baseball scholarship to attend Le Moyne College.

Sadly, during his first year of college, Don became mentally ill with schizophrenia. The diagnosis was devastating to us all, especially our mom and dad who had dreams of Don’s promising future. Don worked hard to manage and persevere through his mental illness. He found solace and comfort in his group home in Holtsville where he made lifelong friends and had amazing caretakers. The group home was a saving grace providing a great environment for Don.

Don’s favorite things included buying gifts for his housemates, visiting with his family, and going to the Palace Diner for lamb chops and calamari. He loved going to Montauk, celebrating holidays, especially his birthday. We cannot forget his love of playing the lottery at his local stationery store where he was affectionately known for taking excessive amounts of time perfecting his lottery picks and often won!! Don’s favorite methods of greeting everybody was saying “What’s Up” or “Cool” or giving an enthusiastic fist bump.

Don will be remembered for all of his heart he shared with family and friends, his zest for every day, sense of humor and positive spirit and kindness. Rest in peace sweet brother, you will live in our hearts and memories forever.

Don is survived by his brother Richard (Judy), sisters Barbara (John), Peggy (Tom) and Sue (Jeff). Also, his niece Kate (Kevin), and nephews John (Katelyn), Tim (Becca), Nicholas and Jack. He was predeceased by both of his parents.

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Moloney's Hauppauge Funeral Home

840 Wheeler Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788

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Friday, October 27, 2023

Starts at 9:45 am (Eastern time)

St. Patrick's RC Church - Smithtown

280 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Calverton National Cemetery

, Wading River, NY 11792

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