Woodrow Frederick Brogan died peacefully at Upper River Valley Hospital on Sunday, June 28. He was born on October 2, 1921 at the home of his Miller grandparents in The Range on Grand Lake. The second eldest of eleven children, Woodrow was the son of Frederick Brogan and Allie Miller. Although he spent his last two years in Woodstock, he was, with the exception of his World War II overseas service, a Chipman resident.
Many in the Queens and York County areas would remember Woodrow as the man who, for his thirty years as a New Brunswick Power employee, read their power meters. Others would remember having swum, water-skied, fished, curled, snowshoed, downhill or cross-country skied, danced, or played bridge, cribbage or forty-fives with him. He last danced just days before he entered hospital.
In addition to his parents, Woodrow was predeceased by his wife of seventy years, Margaret Fraser Brogan; and his siblings, Burtis, Kenneth, Mildred, Irene, Bessie, Charles, and Clifford. He is survived by his daughter, Frances Brogan; his son-in-law, David O’Brien; his granddaughter, Dr. Meaghan O’Brien; Meaghan’s partner, Derek Kitchen and Derek’s daughter, Olivia; his grandson, Liam O’Brien; his granddaughter-in-law, Amorette O’Brien; his great-grandsons, Brogan and Flynn O’Brien; his sisters, Ferne Armstrong, Anna Taylor, and Evelyn Fee; and nieces and nephews.
Woodrow’s two years at Riverside Court in Woodstock were happy ones. He sang the praises of the staff and their services; and was also grateful for the kind treatment he received whenever mishaps landed him at Upper River Valley Hospital. As he said often during these years, “I’m the luckiest man on the planet.”
In keeping with COVID restrictions, there will be a private funeral with Reverend Betty-Jean Friedman officiating. Remembrances, if desired, may be made to Chipman Outreach, the Chipman Youth Centre, Chipman United Church, or to a charity of choice.
Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home & Crematorium (339-6612). Memories and condolences may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca